“The Jordan 8 is unlike any other chairlift at Sunday River if not New England. Its sheer size, scope, and improved technology take the experience of riding a chairlift to the top of a mountain to an entirely new level.” – Brian Heon, General Manager of Sunday River Resort.
One of the best chairlifts in New England will make its debut on Boxing Day. The Jordan 8 bubble chairlift will have its grand opening on December 26th. The chairlift, which was supplied by Doppelmayr, features 8-person heated seats, with each chair weighing over one ton. Each chair has a red-tinted bubble, protecting riders from the elements. The total ride time is 4.5 minutes and carries 3200 people an hour. The reasoning for an eight-person bubble chairlift is to reduce wind holds, and the eventual expansion into the Western Reserve.
In the press release announcing the opening of Jordan 8, Brian Heon described the appeal of putting a bubble chairlift in the Jordan Bowl:
“The Jordan Bowl is one of the most spectacular areas of the entire resort to ski, but it is also one of the most susceptible to bad weather because of its elevation. While elevation is great for snowfall, it can also come with increased winds. Installing a chairlift of the Jordan 8’s size and scope means longer, warmer days of skiing and riding, even in inclement weather.”
The video announcement from Sunday River is below.
Jordan 8 is the latest improvement in Sunday River’s 2030 plan. They completed the Merrill Hill expansion last year, which trails and chairlift will open to the public this winter. A new booster pump house for snowmaking was built on North Peak, and snowguns have been added to Barker, Locke, and North Peaks. Many more improvements are on the horizon, which you can learn more about here.
Image/Video Credits: Sunday River Resort