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
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 foot 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
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.