Sunday River is big. Featuring eight interconnected mountain peaks with 870 acres of developed terrain, covered by a network of 135 trails and 5 terrain parks, there is plenty here to keep even the most diehard rider happy. No need to worry about snow conditions either; the resort boasts the most powerful snowmaking system in the world, with 1,900 snow cannons spread across 92% of the range, fed directly from the Sunday River. For sure this is one of New England’s best kept secrets.
The resort is easily accessible from Boston and many of the accommodations offer ski-in/ski-out access, making the town perfect for a family ski holiday. There is an excellent ski school for all ages with a guaranteed learn to ski or ride program. Each of the 8 peaks offers a different experience, from the steep runs and bumps of White Cap to the tree lined skiing of Oz to the cruising on North Peak and Jordan Bowl. It's all serviced by a network of 18 modern lifts, four of which are high-speed quads, ensuring easy access to every corner of the resort and getting you back onto the piste as quickly as possible. The end of the day doesn’t need to be the end of your time on the slopes; slide over to South Ridge where most of the trails are lit for night skiing and they are all beginner as well, so everyone can have a go.
Dining at Sunday River is all about variety. Between the resort, the access road and the nearby town of Bethel, you'll find plenty of options for eating out, ranging from fine dining to sushi and pizza and there is also a microbrewery for those that like a pint or two. Visit in mid to late March and you may have the opportunity to visit the Sunday River Sugaring House where the age old tradition of making pure Maine maple syrup is continued to this day. Tours and demonstrations are available at weekends during sugaring season.
Sunday River Mountain facts
Easy runs: 41
Intermediate runs: 48
Advanced runs: 46
Lifts: 15 (1 Gondola, 13 chairs, 1 drag)