Sunrise Expansion

380 Acres of Exciting New Terrain

Tucked away in a quiet nook on Bald Mountain’s southern flank, a hidden wonderland of skier’s delight awaits. Glide peacefully down a sun-drenched bowl. Dance through perfectly-spaced trees. Jam down steep chutes. Increasing Bald Mountain’s lift serviced terrain by nearly 20%, Sunrise is the first major terrain expansion on Baldy in over two decades.

The expansion, which officially opened in early February 2021 and adds 380 acres of exciting new terrain, includes lengthening the gradually-pitched and oh-so-smooth Lower Broadway run and opening up some of Baldy’s best and most challenging terrain, including a wide-open bowl and extensive tree skiing. 

Completed in the fall of 2020, our new high-speed detachable Broadway lift has replaced the resort’s oldest chairlift, Cold Springs (#4). The new lift, rising 1582 vertical feet in just over a mile, provides a seamless transition from the base of Lower Broadway run and the new Sunrise zone to the Roundhouse Restaurant, Roundhouse Express Gondola, and Christmas chairlift (#3).
 
Accessed via Seattle Ridge, the new Sunrise zone has long been known by tight-lipped Sun Valley locals for its secret powder stashes, challenging rock drops, steep chutes, and epic corn skiing, and the expanded lift access to this area further establishes Sun Valley’s Bald Mountain as a crown jewel of destination ski resorts and a must-visit for every passionate snow rider. Demonstrating their deep commitment to creating the best possible ski experience and maintaining the natural legacy of this historic and world-class mountain resort, the Holding family has steadfastly pushed this expansion through to completion, and now you, our valued guests, get to reap the rewards. Enjoy!

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    Overview of Sunrise Terrain Expansion

    Overview

    The ski area within a ski area. A special place to glide down a wide-open bowl, navigate through trees, and descend steep chutes. The new Sunrise terrain has increased Sun Valley Resort's skiable area by over 380 acres.

    This project involved replacing the resort’s oldest chairlift, Cold Springs (#4), with a new high-speed detachable quad lift named Broadway, providing a seamless transition to the Roundhouse restaurant, the Roundhouse Express gondola, and Christmas (#3) chairlift. For those who prefer groomers and gradual pitches, the Lower Broadway run has been extended to reach the new chairlift and is lined with 25 new high-efficiency snowmaking guns.

    Work began in 2018 with the re-routing and redevelopment of the Cold Springs mountain bike trail, grading of the Lower Broadway run, tree removal, and excavation work. The project continued in summer 2019 with new snowmaking guns placed along the extended Lower Broadway run, glading of heavily-treed areas, and other terrain enhancements. The installation of utilities and the new Broadway chairlift took place during summer 2020.

    Location

    • The location is in both USFS and BLM areas.
    • The project is completely within the current Sun Valley Ski Area Special Use Permit.

     

    Highlights

    Replacement of the Cold Springs (#4) Chairlift

    The main purpose of the project was the replacement of the Cold Springs (#4) chairlift, the oldest lift still operating at the resort.

    • The new Broadway chairlift is a high-speed detachable quad that has a vertical rise of 1582 feet and a total length of 5535 feet.
    • It provides a seamless ride from the new lower lift terminal to the Roundhouse.
    • Lower Broadway (similar width and gradient as existing ski run) has been extended by 4,200 feet.

    Increased Skiable Terrain

    • Skiable acreage within the Sun Valley Resort boundary has increased from 2,054 acres to 2,434 acres thanks to the new Sunrise zone.
    • Access is from the top of Seattle Ridge, where skiers and riders may descend into Sunrise Bowl, then proceed north for access to extensive tree skiing.

    Increased Snowmaking

    • Increased snowmaking with 25 highly-efficient snowmaking guns extending down Lower Broadway to the base of the new lift's lower terminal.

    Rerouted and Improved Cold Springs Mountain Bike Trail

    • The Cold Springs mountain bike trail has been rerouted and improved with more singletrack and shaded riding.

     

    Follow the Progress Here

    Photos and Video highlighting the progression
     

     

    October 30

    Introducing Sunrise! Ski 380 acres of new terrain this winter!

     

     

    October 16

    What is cable splicing you ask? Check out the video to learn about this crucial step in building the new lift.

    September 16

    Seats waiting to be put on the new chairflift! 

    August 24

    The bird is back and hauling loads. Another massive day of progress as a helicopter transports towers, crossbeams and lift sheaves. 

    August 3rd

    A helicopter is used to transport and dump loads of wet concrete into the foundations of the new lift towers

    July 23

    The upper terminal profile takes shape with Trail Creek and the Pioneer Mountains in the distance

    July 15

    The Upper Terminal is taking shape! The drive train prepares to be lifted onto the Upper Terminal Platform

    July 9

    The Lower Terminal is taking shape in the bottom of Cold Springs Canyon

    June 30

     

    The columns for the upper terminal are being constructed at The Round House 

    June 22

     

     

    June 9

     

     

    June 1

    Spider Hoe digs out settings for new lift towers. 

     New lift towers are assembled at the base of Cold Springs canyon!

    The pit for the new bottom terminal. 

     New Lift bases are assembled at the base of Cold Springs canyon!

     

    Snowmaking installation from Summer 2019 

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