The New Spruce Peak Triple

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.

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The new Spruce Peak Triple represented by the number 8 lift on Sunday River’s trail map. Sunday River boasts 15 lifts in all.

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.

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New Spruce Peak Triple Drive

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.

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New Spruce Peak Triple Drive

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.

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Spring, summer, winter, fall, the part chairlift part gondola Chondola whisks guests from South Ridge to 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.

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  1. Darcy,
    Why are you not going with a fixed grip quad. Quads seem more popular than triples. The chairs are heavier, thus more resistant to wind sway. A family of four or two couples can fit. If you didn’t want higher capacity, you could use few chairs but keep the same speed.
    Tom

  2. How come you guys aren’t updating this blog? Up top it says “You can expect to keep up with the progress right here,” but there haven’t been any updates at all. I see photos on Facebook that show parts arriving and now there’s a live video showing blasting.

  3. Ski down to top of Downdraft? That will be great. Does that also mean down to Vortex?

  4. Oh B.S., the reason there is no high speed quad is because Boyne didn’t want to pay for it.
    Doppelmayr had nothing to do with the decision; if anything Doppelmayr would love to sell a quad!

    Please don’t lie to your customers!!

    • Hi J. Alucard, We definitely do not want you feeling as though we’ve lied to you, which is why we’re putting this information out there front and center. There are many who hoped for a quad, however, the parties involved in both purchasing and designing agreed that the amount of terrain accessed by this lift didn’t warrant it. We’re excited for the improved infrastructure and hope that you come up and check it out later this winter.

      • Spruce Peak is the only way to get to Aurora, OZ and Jordan from Barker (without taking that idiotic Chondala). Admittedly Spruce doesn’t have a lot of terrain but it is how you access a great deal of terrain from Barker and White Cap (again without being trapped at the base lodge/ Chondala nightmare).

        Again, sleazy corporate interests rule the day!!

    • Let’s be real for a second. Very few people ski Downdraft, and few head west from the top of Spruce Peak. The old triple, which had a capacity of about 1200 passengers per hour, would FILL RB and AM EX with people, which was almost too crowded as it was. You need to take developed skiable terrain into account before throwing in a new lift. Too much capacity, and the terrain could be over crowded and/or over skiied and become dangerous.

      Another thing that you seem to have missed is that the near new loading carpet, which is only wide enough for a triple chair, will be reused. If a quad was installed, the near new carpet can’t be reused.

      Does the decision to install a new triple at least sound logical now? I think it does.

      • The reason so few head west from Spruce Peak is because the triple was so slow.
        Also can you define “near new loading carpet” ? I’m not familiar that particular ski lift nomenclature.
        Thanks

      • Spruce got a loading carpet back in 2014. It’s in perfectly good condition and there is no reason for it not to be reused.

  5. I want to see them set up the towers with helicopters. I had to endure the removal of three chairlifts at Evergreen Valley about a decade after my grandfather declared bankruptcy. So to see a chairlift going up is refreshing. Sunday River is an awesome place and I am sure they are doing what is in the best interest of their customers.

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