Race to the Top – Surface Lift

The Surface Lift is Up & Running!

The Gould Academy Surface Lift is now operational, 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. Check out what our athletes and coaches are saying about how the new lift is already improving the training experience.

The surface lift, a T-bar in this case, is a huge differentiator for Gould and distinguishes our On-Snow Competition Program as one of the strongest in the country.

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

Project History

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.