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February 08, 2007

Fire Shuts Down Apache Peak at Sunrise

As you may know, I am engaged in a personal boycott over Sunrise and the WMA's support of the lawsuit to stop snowmaking at Arizona Snowbowl. That said, Sunrise is a very nice resort. Staff isn't the friendliest (especially the Native American staff that for the most part don't ski and are the ones that run the lifts and retail). But the resort itself is a great place to ski when the snow is good. That said, this is extremely bad news for Arizona Skiers and for Sunrise Resort:

Fires damaged an empty rest area at the Sunrise Park Resort and knocked out power to the lifts on one of the resort's ski peaks.

The Apache Patio, located at Midway on Apache Peak, caught fire late Monday night and burned until Tuesday morning, resort officials said.

The fire was reported around 12:30 am on Tuesday and fire crews from the nearby communities arrived on the scene to battle the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The blaze also knocked out the power that operates the lifts on Apache Peak. While power has been partially restored, the entire peak will remain closed indefinitely, officials said.

Operations to rebuild and repair the lodge will begin as soon as possible.

While I don't like their politics and the WMA Tribe's actions, I hope they get the area rebuilt ASAP. When the lawsuit is over and Snowbowl wins (which they will), I will end my boycott and start driving back to Pinetop.

Posted by Justin at February 8, 2007 01:35 PM


Hi Justin,

Thanks for the update, I had missed this in the news. Do you know how long the rebuild is likely to take or any other details.

I hope you make it back to Sunrise soon.


Posted by: Rich at February 10, 2007 01:57 AM

It looks like the lift is back running, but the lodge won't be rebuilt for a while. Not sure how extensive the damage is yet. Will check.

Posted by: Justin at February 10, 2007 09:16 AM