Check out these fancy new ski lifts coming to a popular Maine resort

Oct 10, 2021

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We’re getting a sneak peek at some pretty fancy new ski lift chairs that may be here in time for ski season 2022.

The Maine ski resort Sunday River is building the next generation of ski lifts to debut sometime in 2022. The resort, in a press release, is calling it the “Jordan-8,” and is describing it as “one of the most advanced chairlifts in the world, and the fastest 8-person chairlift in North America.”

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Sunday River new ski chairlifts.
Sunday River new ski chairlifts. (Screenshot courtesy Sunday River)

The lift chairs will have ergonomic heated seats, and weather-blocking bubbles the resort calls their “signature Sunday River Red bubble.”

Sunday River new ski chairlifts. (Screenshot courtesy Sunday River)
Sunday River new ski chairlifts. (Screenshot courtesy Sunday River)

Sunday River is one of the largest ski areas in the Northeast, and is in the middle of a massive growth plan they are calling “Vision 2030.”

Sunday River new ski chairlifts. (Screenshot courtesy Sunday River)
Sunday River new ski chairlifts. (Screenshot courtesy Sunday River)

It includes plans to upgrade their snowmaking operations, additional land purchases including a golf club and new condo developments. Already, the resort features eight peaks to ski.

Sunday River has much more than just skiing. It’s one of our favorite family-friendly resorts. They also offer ice skating, tobogganing, and even dog sledding. There are also magic shows, live music and lots of other events depending on the time of year you go.

Related: 6 family-friendly New England ski resorts

Right now, for example, they are celebrating fall colors with a series of events including gondola rides, “Take in views of the foliage from high above with a scenic chairlift ride on the resort’s Chondola (gondola).”

If you want to go

Sunday River is just about 75 miles from Portland International Jetport (PWM).

Sunday River new ski chairlifts. (Screenshot courtesy Sunday River)
Sunday River new ski chairlifts. (Screenshot courtesy Sunday River)

If you’re looking for nearby places to stay. The resort is home to Grand Summit Hotel (rooms start at $233 a night) and Jordan Hotel (rooms also start at $233.

Related: Some of our favorite ski resorts you can book with points

If you’d rather use points, you can stay at Hampton Inn in Oxford is about a 50-minute drive away. Points redemptions start at 27,000 Hilton Honors points. Cash prices in December are about $115 a night.

Sunday River new ski chairlifts. (Screenshot courtesy Sunday River)
Sunday River new ski chairlifts. (Screenshot courtesy Sunday River)

Featured image courtesy Sunday River.

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