More laps on Spruce Peak next winter. (Sunday River/David McLain)
Sunday River will break ground on a new Spruce Peak Triple chairlift in May.
Last summer, the entire Spruce Peak Triple was removed after a foundation failure on its top terminal.
The new $2.1 million dollar, three-passenger fixed grip Doppelmayr lift will be built in the same location as the resort’s original Spruce Peak Triple chairlift, and will utilize a conveyor system to help load passengers onto each chair.
Sunday River hopes to have the new lift running by the start of the 2017-18 winter season.
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.
Ride time on the lift will be cut by about a third—from 11 minutes to 8 minutes.
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.