All these changes at Snowbowl make me wonder if Sunrise has anything in the works for Cyclone or Apache? Those lifts are so old and crappy they make it hard to stay on those mountains. A high speed lift on Cyclone would be a game changer for Sunrise, I know I would be out there way more often. They seem reluctant to spend money but they may have to soon to stay competitive or even stay open.
I don't mind old slow lifts if it means less crowds on the slopes. Even on powder days, the runs off the Cyclone Ridge seem to be preserved well into the day. I know it's a little selfish, as resorts need skier visits to stay open, but I like how the backside of Sunrise often seems to be a members only club. In contrast the frontside can get pretty crowded with long lift lines.