In 1994, Sunday River in Newry, Maine opened up the Jordan Bowl, along with the Jordan Bowl Express. This past Sunday, the Jordan Bowl Express spun for the last time. Its replacement will be the Jordan 8, a Doppelmayr bubble lift that is comparable to the recently opened Kanc8 at Loon Mountain. The lift will feature sixty chairs, weather-proof red bubble covers, heated seats with headrests and footrests, and will have a ride time of 4.54 minutes. The new lift is the beginning of their Western Reserve terrain expansion project, a project that will expand Sunday River’s terrain by a couple thousand acres. Based on Google Earth imagery, there is plenty of quality untouched terrain next to the Jordan Bowl area.
In a blog post from this Monday, Sunday River detailed the beginning of the construction process, along with the regrading of a pivotal trial. Kansas is a beginner trail that goes through the Jordan Bowl, Oz, and Aurora peaks. The flaw of the run is that there are multiple hills that require skating, and other portions that make it challenging for beginners to handle the trail. This summer, the trail will be redesigned, which “will create much smoother terrain, consistent grade, and an easier entrance.” Snowmaking upgrades are also on tap for Sunday River this offseason. The upgraded Kansas trail will open with the new Jordan 8 lift for the 2022-23 season.
Image Credits: Sunday River