Terrain park, wedding venue among Sunday River Resort summer projects
Sunday River Resort has a full plate of improvement projects for this summer, according to a recent press release.
The work will include a new 15-acre terrain park trail, snowmaking upgrades, an outdoor wedding venue, lodging upgrades to both hotels and resort condominiums, a renovated and enlarged hotel restaurant, and roadwork into The Glades at Ridge Run development.
The projects are part of $5.7 million in capital investments for the coming 2013/14 season.
Terrain park trail
This summer earthwork will begin for a 15-acre terrain park trail that includes the earthen sub-base for an 18-foot Superpipe, the release said.
The trail, to be named at a later date, will be designed in partnership with XGames medalist and 2014 Olympic hopeful, Simon Dumont, a Bethel native. The 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 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 the Dumont Cup.
Nick Lambert, vice president of sales and marketing, said the new park will put Sunday River in the league with the best in New England.
He said that over the years, the resort has tried several different locations but was never completely satisfied with the results.
“We have been topographically challenged,” Lambert said. “We never had a really good spot.”
Skiers and boarders, he said, told Sunday River that parks at other mountains were longer and had better lift access.
“We decide to think outside the box,” said Lambert. “We brought in consultants from the X Games and they helped us find a spot.”
Sunday River will also install 200 new energy efficient snowguns manufactured by HKD Snowmakers, according to the release. The resort began converting its older snowmaking equipment to HKD SV10 Impulse snowguns 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, 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 new terrain park trail.
Sunday River will also create a new outdoor wedding venue, to be located slopeside adjacent to the Jordan Grand Hotel. Plans include a gazebo and landscaping, with views of the Jordan Bowl. Project completion is set for this fall.
Hotel restaurant renovation
Sunday River is currently renovating its Legends Restaurant and reconfiguring it to provide additional event space. The project will create 300-plus restaurant seats by combining the existing Legends Restaurant with conference space located within the same area of the Grand Summit Hotel. The new restaurant will utilize approximately 5,500 square feet and will be able to transition from a smaller restaurant to a larger event space.
Sunday River will also begin construction on a road leading to its real estate development known as The Glades at Ridge Run.
The road will run approximately 1,000 feet and will start off of the Broadway entrance to the South Ridge Townhomes.