Sunday River Resort To Receive $5.7 Million In Capital Improvements For 2013/14

Increased snowmaking, a new 15-acre terrain park trail, and improved hotel restaurant included in $5.7 million dollar plan

PRESS RELEASE: Newry, Maine (April 9, 2013)—Sunday River Resort announced today that it will benefit from $5.7 million in capital investments for the coming 2013/14 season. Resort enhancements will include increased snowmaking; a new 15-acre terrain park trail; a renovated and enlarged hotel restaurant; roadwork into The Glades at Ridge Run; an outdoor wedding venue; and lodging upgrades to both Grand Hotels and resort condominiums.

"These enhancements are steps in turning our resort vision into a reality and are projects that would not be possible without the commitment and support of our parent company, Boyne Resorts; CNL, and our homeowners," Dana Bullen, Resort President and General Manager at Sunday River, says.

Snowmaking Upgrades

This summer, Sunday River will install 200 new energy efficient snowguns manufactured by HKD Snowmakers. Part of the resort's commitment to improved snowmaking, Sunday River began converting its older snowmaking equipment to HKD SV10 Impulse snowguns back in 2010. Last year the resort installed 300 SV10s which allowed it to pump nearly five times the amount of water in November than it did in the same time period in 2011, all while using 50 percent less energy.

Trails being considered for the new SV10s include: Lollapalooza, Excalibur, Rogue Angel, Airglow, Black Hole, Vortex, Risky Business, American Express and the resort's new terrain park trail.

Terrain Park Trail

This summer, Sunday River will begin the earthwork required to build a 15-acre terrain park trail that includes the earthen sub-base for an 18-foot Superpipe. This trail, to be named at a later date, will be designed in partnership with X Games medalist and 2014 Olympic hopeful, Simon Dumont.

Sunday River's new terrain park trail will be located on North Peak between the Dream Maker and 3D trails – a site recommended to the resort by Snow Park Technologies – and serviced directly by the North Peak Express and Chondola high-speed lifts. 

Based on an ideal pitch for freestyle terrain and a straight fall line the trail will encompass 15 acres and measure 200 feet wide and 2,300 feet in length. The upper elevation of the trail will be 1,970 feet and the lower elevation will be 1,260 feet for a vertical drop of 710 feet.

Once completed, this new terrain park trail will replace the current Rocking Chair Terrain Park and Superpipe located on Barker and Locke Mountains, and will become the new site of Simon Dumont's signature event—the Dumont Cup. 

Hotel Restaurant Renovation

This spring, Sunday River will begin to renovate its Legends Restaurant and reconfigure it to meet the resort's growing demands for additional event space. This project will create 300 plus restaurant seats in a single space by combining the existing Legends Restaurant with conference space located within the same area of the Grand Summit Hotel.

Upon completion, the new restaurant will utilize approximately 5,500 square feet and will be able to transition from an intimate restaurant to a larger event space as needed. To accompany the look of the new space, the resort will also revisit the name, menu, and overall brand of the restaurant, announcing any changes later this fall upon site completion. 

New Wedding Ceremony Site

During the summer and fall months, Sunday River hosts multiple wedding parties each weekend. To meet the growing demand for outdoor space, the resort is committing part of its capital towards the creation of a new outdoor wedding venue to be located slopeside adjacent to the Jordan Grand Hotel.

This new venue will feature a gazebo and landscaping, and allow couples to take advantage of the resort's alpine setting with views of the Jordan Bowl.

Project completion is set for this fall.

Road to The Glades at Ridge Run

Also this summer, Sunday River will begin construction on a road leading to its newest real estate development, The Glades at Ridge Run, which came on the market last summer. 

The road will run approximately 1,000 feet in length and will start off of the Broadway entrance to the South Ridge Townhomes.

Two of the five single family home lots are already under contract with construction of both slated to begin this summer. Road completion is set for later this summer.

History at a Glance

To date, Sunday River has benefited from over $35 million in capital enhancements since joining the Boyne Resorts family back in 2007, including a Chondola lift, night skiing, snowmaking upgrades, hotel enhancements, and resort activities including geocaching, Zipline Tours, Twin Zips, and last summer's additions of a Bungee Trampoline and Nine-Hole Disc Golf course.

For a complete description of past capital projects and a look at future considerations, please reference Sunday River's Vision document available to view here.

For more information on any of these projects, contact Darcy Morse, Director of Communications for Sunday River at dmorse@sundayriver.com or 207-824-5243.

About Sunday River—Sunday River is located minutes from picturesque Bethel Village in western Maine's Mahoosuc Mountains. A true four-season destination, the Sunday River offers eight interconnected peaks of world class skiing and snowboarding, two Grand Resort Hotels and golf at the acclaimed Sunday River Golf Club. Sunday River is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.