Race to the Top – Surface Lift

Great news! Gould Academy will have a surface lift in time for the 2019-2020 season, giving Gould the premier training and competition venue in the northeast. Our deepest thanks to those of you who have supported this Race to the Top Campaign.

The surface lift, a T-bar in this case, will be a differentiator for Gould and will distinguish our On Snow Competition Program as one of the strongest in the country. We will break ground this spring, and the lift will be ready for the start of the competition season.

components arrive on site

Christmas comes early to Monday Mourning…and it’s not even July! Components for the new service lift are delivered on site…some assembly required!

Race to the Top is a joint effort of Gould Academy, Sunday River, and Sunday River Ski & Snowboard Club to create the premier training and competition venue in the northeast.

US Ski Team Alpine Coaches Sasha Rearick ’95 and Parker Gray ’97, and US Ski Team Moguls Skier Troy Murphy ’10 explain how a surface lift helps the Gould Academy Competition Program.


Increased safety by eliminating the Over Easy trail that crossed the competition venue, Monday Mourning.

phase 2- ready for the 2019-2020 season – COMPLETE!

Installing a surface lift along the length of Monday Mourning means more repetitions for all student-athletes training at Sunday River and better results. This lift will have a major impact on our program and immediately benefit our student-athletes.

By decreasing lift time by almost 40%, a surface lift provides greater training efficiency and more engagement with coaches. Another big bonus, no more wind holds! These improvements position Sunday River and Gould Academy as a premier competition and training venue

We want to thank our many donors for making the surface lift a reality, including…

For more information or to make a gift contact:

Amy Connell

Director of Alumni and Family Relations
B.A. Saint Michael’s College


Mrs. Connell joined Gould in July of 2017. She brings with her a wealth of experience having held positions in Alumni Relations at both Hebron Academy and Bates College. Prior to her jobs at both schools, Mrs. Connell worked in fine wine sales in New York and Maine. Additionally, her passion for the arts led her to Boston for a position at the Museum of Fine Arts as well as an assistant directorship at a community art center in Newton, MA.

A native of Western New York’s “Snowbelt,” Mrs. Connell loves Maine’s long winters. Whether it’s riding Sunday River’s Magic Carpet with her daughter or chasing her husband down the slopes, she can be found outside enjoying the white stuff. And when the seasons change, she enjoys hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

Mrs. Connell resides in beautiful Bethel with her husband, Rogan Connell, Head Alpine Coach, and their young daughter, Elinor.