Sunday River Improvements
announces $4.7 million in upgrades
Liz Marquis, Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7:42 pm
NEWRY — Sunday River Ski Resort
announced plans to invest $4.7 million in snow-making equipment, a new trail,
new chairlift and slope-side condominium complex.
Beginners can look forward to a new
trail, Bear Paw, on Locke Mountain. The trail was created in partnership with
Gould Academy in Bethel to keep traffic off Monday Mourning, the trail used for
training and competitive events.
The new trail will be accessible via
three lifts and will contain the latest in snow-making technology.
Speaking of snow-making, that's getting
a boost too.
An additional 17 hydrants and over
8,000 feet of snow-making pipe will join the 80 miles of pipe, 2,220 hydrants
and more than 2,000 snow guns.
"A typical snow-making team of 30
men and women split three shifts a day to ready on-mountain hydrants and snow
guns for upward of 8,100 gallons of water per minute. Snow-makers manually turn
on and off each snow gun allowing an on-site compressor house to push 54,000
cubic feet of air per minute into the water to make snow when temperatures
allow," according to a Sunday River news release.
The new, automated hydrants on the Bear
Paw trail will allow snow-makers to turn their snow guns off remotely from a
The new technology, the resort said,
will allow the mountain to open earlier and stay open until May 1.
Additionally, the Dream Maker Lodge
will make its debut in the spring of 2019. The projected 29-unit slope-side
condominium will be off the Dream Maker trail, and will contain one- and
two-bedroom units, with shared amenities, including lockers, an outdoor hot tub
Finally, Spruce Peak will get a new
chairlift manufactured by Doppelmayr USA, Inc.
The $2.2 million fixed grip chairlift
will carry three passengers, and will sit in the same location as the resort's
original Spruce Peak Triple chairlift. A conveyor system will help load passengers
onto each of the 145 chairs, able to carry up to 1,480 guests per hour, and the
newer technology will get them there faster. The previously 11-minute ride is
now eight minutes.
The last new chairlift installed at
Sunday River was the "chondola" in 2008.
Sunday River, the third largest ski
resort in New England, boasts 870 acres of skiable terrain, including 135
trails. The four-season resort has eight mountain peaks.