Spruce – Mt. Sunapee, NH

Bottom terminal with drive and tension.
Loading area.
View up the lift line.
Fixed top bullwheel.
View down the lift line from the summit.
Last tower before the top terminal.
Lower part of the lift.

11 thoughts on “Spruce – Mt. Sunapee, NH

  1. xlr8r December 22, 2019 / 7:58 pm

    This lift is half Riblet. It was started by Riblet, then Doppelmayr was hired to finish it.

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    • Will December 22, 2019 / 8:34 pm

      Fascinating. Why did Riblet stop working on it?

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    • Somebody December 22, 2019 / 8:38 pm

      Sounds reminiscent of Eclipse at Tenney.

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    • pbropetech December 23, 2019 / 9:17 am

      Interesting. I wouldn’t say it’s even half Riblet, though- the only part that is is the F-frame for the top terminal. Not even the bullwheel is Riblet.

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      • xlr8r December 23, 2019 / 9:28 am

        The frame for the Bottom Terminal is also RIblet, the motor housing on top is Doppelmayr.

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      • Max Hart December 23, 2019 / 12:02 pm

        The tower tubes are also Riblet.

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      • julestheshiba February 15, 2021 / 5:23 pm

        I am not sure what you mean, those bullwheels are definitely late-model riblet.

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      • Joe Blake September 16, 2021 / 10:35 pm


        The bullwheel does actually look suspiciously Riblety, there, Brati. Sorry.

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      • pbropetech September 23, 2021 / 9:10 am

        Rather embarrassing to be a once-upon-a-time Riblet mechanic and not see those details. I definitely didn’t look close enough when I made my original comment.

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  2. SunapeeInsider March 19, 2021 / 8:41 am

    Riblet actually had the contract for the N. Peak and the Summit along with this lift. They defaulted on the contract with this lift half finished. The State then contracted with Doppelmayr to build the N. Peak and Summit triples. Part of the deal was they had to finish the incomplete Riblet lift.

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  3. ne_skier April 15, 2021 / 12:22 pm

    New England Ski History appears to have been updated with info about why this lift is half Riblet:

    “In September of 1985, the State of New Hampshire awarded a $1,997,500 contract to Riblet for the construction/retrofitting of three triple chairlifts at Mt. Sunapee, despite opposition from Public Works, a ski lift engineer, and Governor Sununu. While the first lift was to be completed in December 1985, it was not ready until the following March, when the State cancelled the contract. A lawsuit resulted, which was not settled until 1993. Due to the fiasco, the North Peak and Summit triple chairlifts were not installed until 1987, when the State of New Hampshire Executive Council authorized a $1,550,000 contract with Doppelmayr. An additional $67,000 contract with Doppelmayr was authorized later that year for work on the Duckling chairlift.”

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