Guests at Mount Sunapee have long awaited replacement of the Sunbowl lift and it is now a reality. The new Sunbowl Express, a high speed detachable quad which opened last week, speeds them to the summit in 4 ½ minutes, half the time of its predecessor. Many Sunapee skiers and riders favor the Bowl cruisers, especially in the morning with its sunny exposure. But their time spent there was sometimes cut short by impatience with the slow lift. With the ride time now more comparable to the high speed quad on the front side of the mountain, Sunapee’s guests will likely spend more time in the Sun Bowl thereby spreading customers more evenly around the mountain.
“In recent years this has been the #1 request from our guests,” said Jay Gamble, general manager of Mount Sunapee Resort. “With the ride time to the summit cut by more than half on the second longest lift at Mount Sunapee, our guests will enjoy a lot more skiing and riding during the day. The Sunbowl is very popular, especially when the morning sun is shining on the trails.”
The Leitner-Poma installation is the first step in a series of changes that will take place over the next couple of years. The fixed grip quad will move to the front of the mountain next year and replace the North Peak Triple providing faster access to some of the area’s steepest terrain. And a triple chair will be installed to bring skiers and boarders from the bottom of the Sunbowl to the top of North Peak. New terrain will also be added from North Peak into the Sunbowl along with additional snowmaking.