In a matter of days, a crew from Doppelmayr USA, Inc. will arrive at Sunday River to install the new Spruce Peak Triple chairlift in time for the 2017-18 winter season. You can expect to keep up with the progress right here.
Work will kick-off with the construction of tower forms, and by next month we’ll be flying in concrete via a helicopter.
For background, the new $2.1 million dollar Spruce Peak Triple is a three-passenger fixed grip chairlift. It will be built in the same location as the resort’s original Spruce Peak chairlift and will utilize a conveyor system to help load passengers onto each chair.
Spanning 4,184 feet, the new Spruce Peak Triple will rise 1,207 vertical feet from the base of the resort’s Spruce Peak to the summit. One hundred and forty-five chairs will carry up to 1,480 guests per hour at a rate of 500 feet per minute. The chairlift’s modern technology will shorten guest’s ride time by approximately one-third–from 11 minutes to 8 minutes–and provide an overall more comfortable and efficient experience.
The last time Sunday River installed a new chairlift was back in 2008 after the resort joined parent company Boyne Resorts. Together they welcomed the addition of Sunday River’s signature Chondola-a part chairlift, part gondola passenger system that whisks guests from the resort’s South Ridge base area to the top of North Peak.
Since joining Boyne Resorts in 2008, Sunday River has benefited from over $50 million in capital investments, including the new Spruce Peak Triple and Chondola, as well as yearly snowmaking, grooming, and chairlift enhancements, and renovations to its base lodges and accommodations. Sunday River is the third largest ski resort in New England with eight interconnected mountain peaks, 15 chairlifts, four lodges, two hotels, one inn, and ski dorm.