Sunday River Installs Chonda-What?

New England skiers and snowboarders will be experiencing a new mode of mountain transport during the 2008-2009 winter season as Sunday River prepares to install the first Chondola in the Northeastern U.S. The $7.2 million hybrid lift is one of four in North America and will transport skiers, snowboarders and summer guests from the South Ridge Base Area to the summit of North Peak, a location from which six of Sunday River’s eight peaks are directly accessible. The Chondola will play an integral role in the expansion of four season Resort amenities and allow for foot passenger access to the mid-mountain Peak Lodge.
A Chondola is a high-speed detachable six-person chairlift that carries gondola cabins at regular intervals. The lift is being manufactured by Doppelmayr CTEC and is slated to be open to the public in the winter of 2008-2009, pending state approvals. A trip previously requiring two lift rides by skier and snowboarders will be reduced to one. Summer, special event and mountain bike guests will also gain access to North Peak via the Chondola.
“This innovative lift system is an initial step in delivering on a vision for Sunday River,” said Dana Bullen, Sunday River general manager. “We’re looking forward to bringing this level of refinement to all experiences at the Resort. We’ve spent nearly a year crafting the finer details of Sunday River’s future. The installation of the Chondola signals the transition from the envisioning phase into the planning and implementation phase. This is much more than a ski lift, it will transform how Sunday River interacts with guests in all four seasons. The transformation will be seen at all levels of the Resort in coming years. This is just the beginning.”


~ by hrocker on April 1, 2008.

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