Nov 27, 2023

Fastest 6-Person Chairlift in North America to Open at Maine’s Sunday River Resort on December 9, 2023

Newry, ME (November 27, 2023) – Sunday River Resort announced today that the new Barker 6 chairlift will open on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 9:00AM. Marking a milestone in speed and efficiency, the Barker 6 is set to claim its place among North America's fastest six-person aerial lifts. Matching the caliber of sister resort Big Sky, Sunday River will be the only other resort in North America with two ultra-modern Doppelmayr D-Line lifts. This Doppelmayr design, featured in the chairlift fleet of Loon Resort, Boyne Mountain, The Highlands, and Brighton, underscores a growing design trend across Boyne Resort properties.

Revolutionizing the experience at the heart of the resort, the Barker 6 seamlessly integrates comfort, capacity, and speed. The lift features six ergonomically heated seats enclosed by a signature Sunday River Red bubble. With sixty-three chairs, weighing in at nearly one ton each, guests will be transported up the mountain in just over four and a half minutes.

The Barker 6 stands as the most recent among a series of upgrades completed by Sunday River. Notably, the Jordan 8, unveiled last winter, claims the title of North America's fastest eight-place lift, featuring the iconic Sunday River Red weather-resistant bubble. The momentum continued into summer with substantial snowmaking upgrades in the Jordan Bowl, tripling the snowmaking capacity in the area. Additionally, installation of the second Merrill Hill Triple, a Doppelmayr fixed-grip chairlift, was completed and is set to welcome guests next winter.

 “Our relentless focus on infrastructure investments continues to propel us forward. We take immense pride in translating these improvements into guest experiences that shine with the essence of our dedication and progress,” stated Sunday River General Manager Brian Heon.

In celebration of this milestone, Sunday River passholders and guests will have the opportunity to participate in a raffle for the first chair experience at the Barker 6 Grand Opening. All proceeds from this raffle will be donated to the Bethel Food Pantry to support their efforts this holiday season. For further details about the Barker 6 First Chair Raffle and how to participate, please visit

The last 15 years mark a historic phase at Sunday River, characterized by significant infrastructure investments from Boyne Resorts, laying the groundwork for the exciting years ahead as the resort strides towards achieving its 2030 vision.

For a full list of completed and future projects in the 2030 Plan, please visit

Media inquiries should contact Ellen Wainwright, Communications Manager, at or (207) 824-5218.


Media Contact: Ellen Wainwright, Communications Manager