They didn't run the chair lifts today because of the cold. The ticket checker who was decidely unoccu[ied today told me it was because the lift machinery at the top wouldn't function. I believe he was telling me what he'd been told, and given the archaic lifts we have it may be true.
The Sunrise Bowl T-bar was working however, and needed to be, as the North American Freestyle Championships (those who didn't make the Olympics) were going down (moguls today).
I arrived shortly after 1pm and was surprised to see the Griz lift sitting idle, but once I learned the situation, I decided it would be better to ski some t-bar runs than not skiing at all. After all, the sunrise t-bar is 500 verticle feet, which some mid-easterners would drool over (no boilerplate, just very cold breakable crust with some wind slabbed super dry powder in places.
When I got to the top of the t-bar, an aquaintence on ski patrol, who rode up behind me, suggested that I could hike the rest of the way up Sunrise Bowl to the trail (about 50yds and 100 verticle feet) and access "Go Big"; I did so four times today, and found some good turns. I also skied Sunrise bowl a few times, and traversed over to the bottom half of Mogul Alley a couple of times, while also taking the chance to watch the mogul skiers rip the course a bit. I finished by hiking to the top of Mogul Alley as my last run. Despite subzero temps I worked up quite a sweat. I'd estimate about 600' vertical hiked, and 5100' skied; it was a great afternoon.