Sunrise is just OK

by: tride - Jan 23, 2010

  • Overall Rating 3
  • Family Friendly 3
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 4
  • Terrain Park 2
  • Nightlife 2

    Pros: Not ever very crowded and weather is usually great

    Cons: Service sucks, lift operators could be friendly, could groom more

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly

    Date Visited: Jan 1, 2010

Full review

Sunrise could really be a nice resort if the owners cared. The skiing is great. Could use a couple more high-speed quads on the long lifts. Rustler lift should be operating more to keep the better skiers on the upper runs. Its a pain to have to ski the lower easy runs just to get back up to the harder runs. The green runs should be groomed ALL the time for the whole season. A real resort grooms all the green runs every night and all day if snowing. Beginners don't like powder days. My family was so mad the green runs had about 6 inches of powder on them the whole day. The Cyclone lift is way to long and sitting on slats is not very comfortable--should be high-speed. There used to be padding on the chairs but for some reason they took the pads off. Getting from Sunrise Mtn to the other 2 Mtns is quite difficult for beginner skiers even though the runs are green runs--they're very skinny. Maybe a lift from Apache base to Sunrise Mtn would be great. Lodges seriously need an upgrade. Would be nice to have condos at the ski area base and why not through in a casino since it's on the reservation. For lunch we stood in line at the main lodge at Sunrise base for 30 min. Food was not bad.