Merrill Hill – Sunday River, ME

This lift was built in 2021 to service a new peak with a real estate focus.
The first Alpenstar terminal at Sunday River.
Side view of the combo drive-tension terminal.
Lift overview.
Loading area.
View up the lift line.
Middle part of the line.
Lower lift line with Barker Mountain in the background.
Upper part of the lift line.
View looking down.
The top terminal near the true summit of Merrill Hill.
Return bullwheel.
Upper station overview.
Breakover tower 7.

4 thoughts on “Merrill Hill – Sunday River, ME

  1. Tucker Stanton December 24, 2021 / 10:44 am

    It’s not on the trail map just yet, but this lift is confirmed as being numbered Lift #19. Saw the new information board in the River House (lift ops main base) yesterday, figured I’d just mention it here. Photos look great Peter!


  2. Chris August 8, 2022 / 2:47 pm

    Did this lift ever run during its first season?


    • Tucker Stanton August 8, 2022 / 3:59 pm

      No, it didn’t operate at all last season (if you don’t count lift ops doing normal daily checks), and as of 2022 it has not once been open to the public.

      When it was installed there was no snowmaking equipment installed on the surrounding trails, so it would take a lot of natural snow for it to be open. There were also a lot of homeowners that had not built on their property when they finished building the lift, so there were no houses. Merrill Hill was solely designed as a real estate area, so without its main function (real estate lift) it would be sort of redundant.


  3. rigbyfab4 January 29, 2023 / 6:46 pm

    My son and I had the excitement of riding this lift this weekend on its opening day of public rides. Nice lift and great cruising green circle to the left. Would be nice if the other trails on Merrill returned to this chair rather than dumping to the congested South Ridge base area.


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