Sunday River is coming into the ski and ride season with a lot to talk about, including a new chairlift and trail, improved snowmaking equipment, expanded outdoor restaurant seating, and the launch of new slopeside condos to be built in 2018-19. The new $2.2-million-dollar Spruce Peak Triple—a three-passenger fixed-grip chairlift engineered by Doppelmayr—will replace the resort’s original Spruce Peak Triple and serve as the primary chairlift on Spruce Peak.
Spanning 4,184 feet, the new chairlift will extend 1,207 vertical feet from the base of the resort's Spruce Peak to the summit. Ride time will be shortened by approximately one-third—from 11 minutes to 8 minutes.
Sunday River will debut Bear Paw this winter, a beginner-friendly trail located on the resort’s Locke Mountain. Built in partnership with Gould Academy—a private high school in the neighboring town of Bethel, Maine—Bear Paw is designed to help keep traffic off the resort’s dedicated race trail, Monday Mourning, which Sunday River and Gould Academy use for training, events, and a competitive weekend program.
“Bear Paw” is a nod to a long-time Sunday River employee and technical delegate Bear Bryant and a play on the trail’s many switchback turns.
Seventeen new technology hydrants and more than 8,000 feet of additional snowmaking pipe means snowmakers will be able to turn on and off each of its snowguns on Bear Paw from a computer.
A new 32-by-24-foot deck addition to the Mountain Room will expand seating capacity into outdoor space at the restaurant’s mid-mountain location.
The Mountain Room is open on weekends and holidays and boasts a full bar serving a selection of signature cocktails, wine, and beer, as well as appetizers and small plates by award-winning Chef Harding Lee Smith.
Dream Maker Lodge, a new 29-unit slopeside condo development slated for spring 2019 will offer one- and two-bedroom units, with a shared hearth room, owner’s lockers, outdoor hot tub, and elevator.