Annual snowmaking upgrades for 2022-23
When you think of Sunday River, you probably think about traversing all eight peaks, or sneaking through the woodsy glades, or hitting a rail in one of our many parks. But you should also think about our snowmaking – one of the largest and most effective snowmaking operations in the East. Sunday River has taken snowmaking seriously for decades. Since the 1970s, we’ve been on the forefront of new snowmaking technology, always making snowmaking investments a top priority. This year’s snowmaking upgrades are no different.
New Snowmaking Pipe
This summer, our Mountain Ops crew will be hard at work putting in an underground pipe on Spruce Mountain. This pipe will feed into new snowguns across Spruce Peak, with instantaneous water pressure availability.
At the end of the pipeline is a brand-new pump house, housing a booster system. Located just beyond the top of the Chondola lift, this pump house is the first step to doubling snowmaking capacity in Jordan Bowl and beyond.
We’ll be putting the new pipe to work right away, feeding water into the new guns that will be installed this summer on Spruce Peak. The guns will be automated, oscillating fan guns, across Risky Business, American Express, and Grand Rapids. The new guns are incredibly powerful – 25 horsepower – and the oscillation allows us to cover more ground more quickly and all on-demand.
For winter 2022-23, the instant water availability all the way up to Spruce means we can make snow faster and more efficiently with nearly triple the number of guns. Also, the snowmaking team can get to work in shorter snowmaking windows, utilizing the new guns to get more terrain coverage and a deeper base to build off.
Stay tuned for more updates on how things are going this summer!
Written by: Abby
Abby grew up skiing all over New England, but now calls Sunday River home. Her favorite trail is Right Stuff. If she's not shredding the mountain, you can find her biking the trails in Bethel Village and walking her roommate's dog, Teddy.