Sunday River Tests Newly Enhanced Snowmaking System
NEWRY, MAINE (October 5, 2018)—After taking the first steps towards doubling the resort's snowmaking capacity this summer, Sunday River completed its annual fall systems test this morning starting at 6:15 a.m. The Maine resort typically opens for skiing and snowboarding on or around Halloween, and this morning's cold temperatures provided the perfect opportunity to put the new equipment to the test on the Lower Downdraft trail.
Sunday River recently completed a project to replace the existing pipeline from its namesake river to the resort's snowmaking pump house at Barker Mountain with two miles of new high-pressure ductile iron pipe, and also added a new 600-horsepower pump. These investments have provided the resort with an immediate 15 percent increase in water capacity for making snow. With future upgrades to the on-mountain infrastructure, Sunday River will be able to double its snowmaking capacity.
Although the resort has not yet set an official opening date, this test gives Sunday River's snowmakers the go-ahead to crank the system at full capacity-9,000 gallons of water and 60,000 cubic feet of air per minute, producing four acre feet per hour-at the first sustained cold snap with temperatures between 25-30 degrees overnight.
"After a summer of hard work to enhance our snowmaking system, we've finally reached the unofficial start to winter. Just give us a stretch of cold weather, and ski season will be here," says Will Bastian, Snowmaking Manager for Sunday River Resort.
Sunday River's snowmaking system is the most advanced in the East, with a nearly 2,000 snowguns-including HKD Impulse Tower Guns and Boyne Low-E Fan Guns-covering 90 percent of its groomed terrain.
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About Sunday River Resort: A four-season destination, Sunday River Resort is home to eight interconnected mountain peaks of world-class skiing and snowboarding and the most slopeside lodging in the East including two Resort Hotels, the Snow Cap Inn, Ski Dorm, and hundreds of condominiums. Sunday River is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions and is located in Newry, Maine, amidst the scenic Mahoosuc Range.