Sunbowl Lift Dedicated At Mount Sunapee; Cuts Ride Time To Four Minutes
New Hampshire state and local officials, Mount Sunapee staff and skiers and snowboarders were on hand Saturday morning, Jan. 10 for the dedication and ribbon cutting for the new Sunbowl Express High-Speed Quad chairlift.
In attendance were State Senator Gerry Little, State Representative Jim Grenier, DRED Deputy Director Gail Wolek, Selectmen Chair Richard Wright from Newbury and Selectmen Chair Robert Bell from Goshen. The ribbon was cut by Mount Sunapee General Manager Jay Gamble and Triple Peaks Vice President Ethan Mueller.
The Sunbowl Express replaces the Sunbowl fixed-grip quad chairlift which was installed in 1998. This 4,300 foot lift, manufactured by Leitner-Poma of America, will cut the ride time to the summit by more than half to just over 4 minutes. The lift has a vertical rise of over 1,000 feet and services 17 trails. Now, both lifts to Mount Sunapee’s 2,743 foot summit will be Leitner-Poma high-speed quads.
“In recent years upgrading this lift has been the #1 request from our guests,” says Gamble. “With the ride time to the summit cut by more than half on the second longest lift at Mount Sunapee, our guests will enjoy a lot more skiing and riding during the day.”
Heading into the Martin Luther King holidays Mount Sunapee has 54 trails and slopes open, the most trails open in New Hampshire. One hundred percent of all snowmaking terrain is open. All 11 lifts are scheduled to operate for the holiday weekend including the new Sunbowl Express Quad.
Photo: Ceremony held for dedication of new Mt. Sunapee lift (Mt. Sunapee)