Sunday River: New Barker 6 And Merrill Hill Lifts Coming Winter 23-24
The Barker 6, one of the most advanced and fastest 6-person chairlifts in North America, will take to the slopes for the winter of 2023-24. A Doppelmayr D-Line design, the lift will feature ergonomic heated seats, weather-blocking bubbles in our signature Sunday River Red, and improved wind resistance. This addition to the resort is a pivotal step forward in our Sunday River 2030 plan, and alongside the Jordan 8, forms a transcendent duo of Doppelmayr's flagship lifts.
Servicing beloved terrain from White Cap to North Peak, the Barker 6 will whisk skiers to the summit of Barker Mountain, providing a fast and comfortable ride from one of the most popular base areas at the resort.
In addition to the Barker 6 this summer, Sunday River will install a second Doppelmayr fixed grip triple on Merrill Hill, opening the door for future ski trails and real estate development. Last summer, the resort installed the Jordan 8, North America's fastest 8-person chairlift, servicing terrain across Oz and Jordan Bowl peaks.
Facts & Figures
- Uphill capacity: 3250 skiers per hour
- Speed: 6 meters per second
- Ride time: 4.68 minutes
- Chairs: 63
- Chair weight: Just under 2,000 lbs.
- Towers: 13
- Ergonomically-shaped, extra-wide heated seats
- Individual head & foot rests
- Weather-proof Sunday River Red bubble covers
Merrill Hill will receive its second installation this summer, setting the stage for terrain expansion with new trails for all guests to enjoy, along with exciting new development opportunities with some of the best views in all of Western Maine.
Perched atop a mountain between Sunday River's South Ridge and Aurora Peak, Merrill Hill offers 23 chairlift-serviced home sites and the unique opportunity to own a piece of the mountain.
In addition to easy ski access to one of the largest and most terrain-diverse ski resorts in the Northeast, this new neighborhood offers unmatched panoramic views of Sunday River and the mountains of Western Maine.