PORTLAND, Maine — Boyne Resorts plans to invest $5 million in its Sunday River ski area in Newry before the upcoming season, adding more snowmaking machines and upgrading a three-person chairlift.

The Michigan-based company announced Monday its Spruce Peak triple chairlift will undergo an upgrade to increase its speed and reduce stoppages, that it will invest about $1.1 million to buy 60 new snowmaking machines and that it will add another 10 acres of skiing terrain on Barker Mountain.

Those additions follow about $5.7 million invested by Boyne Resorts last year and $40 million since 2007.

The company also owns Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley, where in June it announced investments for new snowmaking equipment and a new grooming machine. It did not state a total for investment this season.

Boyne Resorts invested about $3 million at Sugarloaf last year and has drafted a plan for infrastructure at Sugarloaf out to the year 2020.

Darren Fishell

Darren is a Portland-based reporter for the Bangor Daily News writing about the Maine economy and business. He's interested in putting economic data in context and finding the stories behind the numbers.