Winter Park Resort plans upgrade to Sunnyside Lift in Mary Jane Territory |

Winter Park Resort plans upgrade to Sunnyside Lift in Mary Jane Territory

Resort plans installation of $6 million high-speed six-passenger lift in Jane Territory

Winter Park Resort's Sunnyside Lift will be upgraded this year to a six-person high-speed lift that resort officials expect to significantly increase uphill capacity at the resort.
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Winter Park Resort’s ongoing efforts to upgrade the resort’s lift infrastructure will continue this summer with an upgrade to the popular Sunnyside Lift that services the resort’s Mary Jane Territory.

Resort officials announced the planned upgrade work Monday morning.

“The iconic Sunnyside Lift within the Mary Jane Territory at Winter Park Resort is getting a much-needed upgrade with the addition of a new high-speed six-passenger chairlift for the 2019-20 season,” resort officials stated.

The upgrade work on the Sunnyside Lift is part of a larger $16 million investment that the resort will see for next ski season. The existing Sunnyside Lift is a three-person fix-grip lift that was originally installed in 1989. It is one of three lifts that provide access to the top of the Mary Jane Territory.

The Sunnyside Lift upgrade will see the installation of a new $6 million Leitner-Poma detachable high-speed six-pack lift. According to resort officials the upgrade will increase uphill capacity for the Sunnyside Lift by 800 people her hour. The increased uphill capacity should reduce lift and should decrease the lift ride time from its current timeframe of roughly eight minutes down to just under four minutes.

“This increased efficiency will also greatly reduce lift lines at the bottom of Parsenn Bowl and facilitate ingress/egress through the Lunch Rock area,” resort officials stated.

Along with plans to upgrade the Sunnyside Lift Winter Park Resort is planning several other changes this year. The resort plans to invest over $1 million in “summer operations” as part of Winter Park’s efforts to “revitalize” the resort’s summer offerings.

“Two new base-area rope courses will be added for this summer, along with an indoor/outdoor climbing wall, and landscaping improvements that integrate with the new village and gondola plazas to create more areas for guests to simply relax and enjoy Colorado’s incredible summer days,” resort officials stated. “Winter Park will also undergo significant enhancements to its hiking trails, furthering the resort’s commitment to on-mountain hiking, while also investing an additional $250,000 in bike trail improvements at Trestle Bike Park.”

Additionally Winter Park Resort is planning to spend $7 million in maintenance projects, lift service improvements, slope-maintenance and food and beverage offerings. According to officials from Winter Park Resort this year’s planned investments will add onto $50 million in investments that have been put into the resort over the last two seasons including the resort’s new gondola and village plaza projects.

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