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Merrill Hill Trails Taking Shape at Sunday River
The new peak is expected to open this winter.
Sunday, May 16, 2021, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com

Merrill Hill lift line, May 2021
Merrill Hill lift line, May 2021


The new Merrill Hill area is quickly taking shape as Sunday River rushes to prepare the new peak for a 2021-22 opening.

Merrill Hill lift line, May 2021
Merrill Hill lift line, May 2021


The new 500 vertical foot lift line has been cleared, running from the junction of Ridge Run and Second Thoughts to an area east of Merrill Hill's 1,914 ledgy summit. More than half of the lift line has been grubbed. At least three trails have been cleared from the top of the complex, with portions already grubbed. In addition, the Second Thoughts trail has been widened.

New snowmaking pipe, May 2021
New snowmaking pipe, May 2021


Meanwhile, a large pile of snowmaking pipe is being welded and staged at the base of the North Peak Quad.

Primarily a real estate development, Merrill Hill will be served by a Doppelmayr triple chairlift. It is the first new lift-served peak to be developed in New England since Green Peak at Waterville Valley in 2016-17.

Second Thoughts trail, May 2021
Second Thoughts trail, May 2021

Western Merrill Hill trail, May 2021
Western Merrill Hill trail, May 2021

Merrill Hill development map
Merrill Hill development map

Merrill Hill from Whitecap, March 2018
Merrill Hill from Whitecap, March 2018





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