Good lift, bad mountain.

by: dabbott09 - Nov 2, 2011

  • Overall Rating 2
  • Family Friendly 4
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 2
  • Terrain Park 1
  • Nightlife 1

    Pros: High speed quad gets you to the top quickly

    Cons: Poor terrain, short runs, steep and short beginner area

    Recommended For: Family Friendly

    Date Visited: Mar 1, 2011


Full review

The highlight of Sunrise is that you can get in a lot of runs in one day riding their high speed quad lift. Aside from that and their bread bowl of soup, there isn't much else for me to like. Their claim to having three mountains is a gimmick, as two peaks aren't even open most of the time and the lifts on them are some of the slowest and oldest around.

The beginner's slope is only about 75 yards long and is too steep for most first-timers. Snowbowl's Hart Prairie is gigantic and has a gentle slope that is far, far better for learning.

For intermediate skiers, this is a decent place to ski. But there is really nothing challenging about the terrain here for advanced skiers. There are numerous long, flat spots and the tree skiing is poor. Their one black run down the middle has the pitch of a blue, and unless there is fresh snow it should be avoided completely.

There is no nightlife out here, I have never stayed at the Sunrise lodge (which isn't even at the base of the mountain) but have heard it isn't much of a place. Rent a cabin in Greer and give yourself a nice place to stay.

Bottom line: You can get in a lot of quick runs here, but the terrain is poor in comparison to Snowbowl. It's twice the drive from Phoenix. On a holiday weekend in AZ, this is the place to go however, you'll get in a lot more skiing, even if it is a little less exciting.

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