This summer, Sunday River is taking the first step toward doubling the resort’s snowmaking capability. You read that right — doubling our snowmaking.
We’re replacing the pipeline that feeds water from the Sunday River up to our snowmaking pump house at the base of Barker Mountain with nearly two miles of newly-engineered ductile iron high-pressure pipe. This new pipe will give us the ability to push significantly more water into our snowmaking system.
With the new pipeline in place as the first phase of our snowmaking expansion, we’re also adding a new 600-horsepower pump at the river. The new pump will give us a 15% boost in snowmaking capacity for the 2018-19 season. We expect the project to be completed by the end of the summer — in plenty of time for our annual snowmaking test and getting prepped for early season skiing and riding.
In the coming years, we’ll continue increasing pumping capacity and expanding our on-mountain infrastructure to allow us to make twice as much as much snow as we can today. Our current on-mountain infrastructure includes over 2,000 snowguns, 80 miles of on-mountain pipe, and 2,200 hydrant stations.
All of this is to say that Sunday River will be able to make more snow, more quickly than ever before, and we’ll continue to provide the most dependable snow in New England. And you know what that means? Amazing conditions, guaranteed.