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Sun Peaks: New Crystal on track to kick off winter 2020-21!
It's been a wild ride so far in 2020, but the progress of the Crystal chairlift project remains on track for a planned opening at the start of the winter season. The newest addition to the lift system at Sun Peaks took shape in the alpine throughout the summer as mountain bikers, hikers, and sightseers enjoyed the trails below. And now, with October here, we’re counting down to ski season opening day and thought we’d share some in-progress photos of the Crystal construction from the past few months to help get you stoked!
Initial work on the new chairlift began back in 2019 with site preparation, including pouring foundations for the lift towers. Construction then began again in earnest this spring as soon as the snow had sufficiently receded (with a bit of a helping hand from our team). June 25 was a high point of the construction process, as a helicopter took to the skies above Mt. Tod to install the towers. Work continued through summer and into fall as the top and bottom terminals took shape, lift huts were constructed, and the cable was installed.