Barker Mountain Express – Sunday River, ME

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Lift Engineering bottom terminal with Poma modifications.
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The lift crosses over Sunday River’s snowmaking reservoir.
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Riding up.
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Yan “Y” tower number 11.
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Top terminal arrival side.
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Unload ramp.
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Bottom terminal and lift line.
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Top station with Poma mods.
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6 thoughts on “Barker Mountain Express – Sunday River, ME

  1. Peter Danis August 13, 2018 / 5:54 pm

    Any chance Sunday River would ever upgrade this to a high speed six?

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    • Collin August 13, 2018 / 6:49 pm

      They definitely need to. This lift is frequently closed for unscheduled maintenance and can only go 700 feet per minute to reduce wear and tear. However, Boyne has proven they have no intention of investing in any resort other than Big Sky while using money from their New England resorts to help pay for it.

      This year they “upgraded” Loon’s 4 person gondola with new cabins, but it will still only have a capacity around 800/hr and won’t be able to run in hardly any wind. Meanwhile Big Sky got a new 8 person lift with bubbles, heated seats, and just about any other feature you can imagine and then relocated the high speed quad to replace a double chair that never had a line at all.

      Back in 2016 when the top of Spruce Peak collapsed in summer 2016 they forced Sunday River to do without any lift there for a whole season while they replaced Big Sky’s Challenger which also needed an unscheduled replacement that same year and also built a 6 pack bubble that’s only 2700 feet long.

      If that’s not enough, then consider that the only complete lift built at Sugarloaf since 1997 was to replace one that had a high profile accident. Since then they replaced a drive terminal on King Pine (after another high profile accident) and removed Bucksaw without replacement.

      With this history of cutting corners and cheaping out at the New England resorts while spending like a drunken sailor at Big Sky, I wouldn’t get my hopes up about any lifts at Loon, Sunday River, or Sugarloaf.

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      • Thomas Jett August 13, 2018 / 9:24 pm

        According to Peter, the upgrades at Big Sky aren’t pulling money from any of Boyne’s other properties. Additionally, they just recently bought all the New England resorts that they operate in May, so you should expect to see some new investment soon.

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      • Collin August 14, 2018 / 6:45 am

        Of course they’re pulling money from the other resorts. Do you see any other ski areas that get only 500k visits spending that much? The two other ski areas with similarly large projects do close to or over 1 million visits.

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      • Thomas Jett August 14, 2018 / 6:31 pm

        No other resort in North America with Big Sky’s numbers is building that much, I’ll grant you that. However, North American areas tend to spend much less of their revenue on lifts than comparable European areas. If Big Sky 2025 were being carried out in Austria, it wouldn’t be that significant of a plan. What’s probably happening is that Boyne is pumping a massive amount of Big Sky’s profits into the 2025 plan, with the goal of reaching 1,000,000 ski visits once everything’s built.

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      • Collin August 14, 2018 / 7:31 pm

        What happens if Big Sky doesn’t get the skier visits they planned on after spending hundreds of millions of dollars on improvements? Likely Boyne will be done spending for a while and while Big Sky got 10 or more new lifts everyone else got squat and now has to wait even longer before getting much needed improvements. Or they could’ve done the important upgrades across all the resorts and then worry about making Big Sky into the high end European style resort they want after everyone else is up to speed. The last time any ski company spent ALL their money on one resort was Les Otten/ASC at The Canyons and that was a disaster for all the other resorts he owned at the time.

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