Duckling – Mt. Sunapee, NH

This lift was one of the oldest operating lifts in New England when it was retired in 2018.
First few towers.
Bottom bullwheel on concrete base.
Lower station overview.
Unloading area well below the top bullwheel.
The top tension station.
View down the lift line.
Sheave assembly.

33 thoughts on “Duckling – Mt. Sunapee, NH

  1. John October 30, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    I think they removed this lift recently because it no longer appears on the trail map on their website.

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    • Peter Landsman October 30, 2018 / 1:30 pm

      As of two weeks ago, it was still standing. But it would not surprise me at all if Vail has axed it from the operation. I will try and find out more.

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      • New England Chairlifts And Skiing November 2, 2018 / 12:56 pm

        It may remain standing, just out of service. Similar to The Devils Fiddle Quad At Kaillington, how it wasn’t taken down entirley

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        • xlr8r December 22, 2019 / 7:54 pm

          A year later this lift is still standing.

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      • Tyler Baroody November 2, 2020 / 1:35 pm

        According to NewEnglandSkiHistory.com, it stands dormant.

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      • Tyler Baroody November 16, 2020 / 2:34 pm

        It was before Vail bought it.

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    • Tim April 1, 2021 / 3:30 am

      I was at Sunapee on 3-31-2021 and the lift is gone. All that is left is the lower stanchion where the wheel but the pulleys, towers, motors, cables, and chairs are all gone.

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  2. Ryan November 2, 2018 / 5:37 pm

    I wonder how many Roebling and Hopkins are left on ski hills.. there are a good number at fairs/amusement parks.. thankfully.. (I grew up riding the one at Lagoon in Utah) https://liftblog.com/sky-ride-lagoon-ut/

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  3. Tim H November 7, 2018 / 1:28 pm

    Great little lift. Sunapee kept it fairly pristine. The pace was slow but pleasant and it put you right where you needed to be for kids’ races.

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  4. Benjamin Edwards October 31, 2020 / 7:14 am

    Whats the oldest lift in New England?

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    • Utah Powder Skier October 31, 2020 / 12:21 pm

      The J-bar at Black Mountain NH dates back to the mid 1930s.

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    • sullivanq November 2, 2020 / 5:38 pm

      Before its removal recently, the double at bousquet was the oldest chairlift. Currently, it’s probably the hornet chair at Tenney(64) or the South Double at Powder Ridge(63). The South Double was modified into a triple, but most of the chair was re-used when the triple was put in place. The North Double at the same mountain was also a ’64 installation. The South Double (again) at Maple Valley VT is a ’63 install, I would call this the oldest legitimate installation.

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      • New England Chairlifts & Skiing November 2, 2020 / 7:15 pm

        Madonna I at Smugglers Notch, VT is a 1963 Hall install and still runs (it has received some Doppelmayr CTEC upgrades however, but most of it is still original).

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        • sullivanq November 3, 2020 / 9:46 am

          That is probably the most legitimate oldest lift. If you wanted to say original, then South Double at Maple would take the cake, but the ski area doesn’t operate anymore, and it would likely need upgrades to run anyways.

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    • sullivanq November 2, 2020 / 5:40 pm

      MRG’s single chair (’48) might also count, although its been modified. I’ve probably missed others.

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      • Tyler Baroody November 16, 2020 / 2:33 pm

        Whitney’s J-Bar at Black Mountain.

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  5. Randy October 31, 2020 / 4:50 pm

    I’ve never seen a chairlift with such short lift towers. How high off the ground did this lift run?

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    • Sunapee November 2, 2020 / 12:04 pm

      The chairs were about 8-10 feet off the ground on average, however it would get to as high as 15 feet at some points

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  6. Sunapee November 2, 2020 / 12:02 pm

    They were removing the towers today when I went over to ski the inch of snow we got (November 2nd). So sad to see it go :(

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    • Carson November 2, 2020 / 6:58 pm

      Indeed a sad day hopefully you can ask if you can get a sheeve or some other parts to remember it by

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  7. ne_skier November 2, 2020 / 8:22 pm

    I wonder if this lift could possibly see a new home. It seems to have been maintained well.

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    • sullivanq November 3, 2020 / 9:48 am

      Yes, but the real question is who would need such a short fixed grip double chair. It could go to SkyTrans maybe.

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      • ne_skier November 3, 2020 / 12:46 pm

        Usual suspect would be Magic, I could see them buying it if this occurred say 5 years later. They’re already installing a new quad and are on slightly shaky ground due to Covid

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    • Tyler Baroody November 13, 2020 / 11:11 am

      Maybe if Cannon wanted a new Banshee lift.

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      • Tyler Baroody November 16, 2020 / 2:31 pm

        It was auctioned off by the state.

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        • Carson November 16, 2020 / 5:13 pm

          Were did you find the auction?

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  8. maeedwardssmr December 16, 2020 / 12:10 pm

    The lift was removed in November 2020. It was bought and removed by Sky Trans.

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    • ne_skier December 16, 2020 / 3:23 pm

      My guess is that it’ll be reinstalled as a skyride somewhere, it seems to be in good enough structural condition.

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  9. SunapeeInsider March 19, 2021 / 7:55 am

    The last few years before the Vail sale the Mueller’s had to rent grips from a fairground in the Midwest that owned a compatible Roebling ride/lift. They didn’t need them in the winter. The existing grips had been NDT’d and condemned. The story I always heard from the oldtimers was that the State put that lift in at Sunapee, liked it and then installed the same lift at Cannon – Peabody Chair – of course longer and with a much bigger drive.

    As a patroller in the state days I remember riding the Duck in the dark a few times to be “sweeper” for the ski instructors doing a torchlight parade down the Eggbeater.

    Vail is auctioning off a dozen of the 56 chairs that were on that line for their EPICPromise charity today, 3/19.

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