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Sugarloaf Provincial Park to get new chairlift and snowmaking equipment

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The provincial government of New Brunswick, Canada, is to replace ageing infrastructure at Sugarloaf Provincial Park, increasing the park’s capacity for alpine skiing and mountain biking activities.

Sugarloaf Provincial Park to get new chairlift and snowmaking equipment

New Brunswick Premier, Brian Gallant, said: “Tourism is a key component of your government’s multi-year economic growth plan. Enhancing the services available at Sugarloaf will help us reach our potential as a four-season tourism destination.”

Installation of a new chairlift – to be manufactured and installed by Doppelmayr – will begin in the spring. A contract valued at CAN$2.4 million was awarded to the Austrian-Swiss ropeway manufacturer. Additional work on the project will include demolition of the existing infrastructure and slope preparation, for a total estimated project cost of CAN$3 million.

The new chairlift will be a fixed grip quad with a loading conveyor. It will have an uphill capacity of 2000 people per hour and a family of four will be able to ride the chair together. Mountain bikers, who previously had to ride the chair alone with their bikes, will now be able to share the ride with other bikers.

The new chairlift will replace one that was installed in 1979 and a T-bar that was installed in 1972.

This funding is in addition to an investment of CAN$2.6 million to purchase snowmaking equipment and a new trail groomer for the park’s ski hill.

Sugarloaf Park is one of New Brunswick's nine provincial parks and includes a cross-country ski trails and snowmobile trails. The park has 12 alpine ski trails ranging from beginner to expert.

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