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Sunday River Ski Resort

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Overview

Spanning three miles, Sunday River is spread across 870 accessible acres that spreads across eight interconnected peaks: White Cap, Locke Mountain, Barker Mountain, Spruce Peak, North Peak, South Ridge, Aurora Peak and Oz. This is a year-round ski resort with tree skiing and terrain parks for freestylers in the winter, and golfing and water sports in the summer.

Where Is Sunday River Ski Resort Located?

Portland International Jetport in Portland, Maine, is a quick 90-minute drive from the ski resort. It’s about a three-hour drive from Boston’s Logan International Airport. You can rent a car and drive yourself, or pay for a shuttle from the airport.

Seven hundred on-mountain condominiums, 200-bed dorm, 68-room inn, and two hotels with over 200 rooms each. Free on-mountain shuttle, overnight camper parking without hookups.

Restaurants

Breakfast Places

  • Grab a mini-donut and a great cup of coffee at Coffee Hound Coffee Bar. 15 S Ridge Road, Newry, ME 04261

Our Favorite Lunch Spots

  • Smokin’ Good BBQ sells all your favorite BBQ as sandwiches or by the pound. 212 Mayville Road, Bethel, ME 04217

Dinner

  • Sunday River Brewing Company attracts a mix of locals and visitors. Grab a seat by the fire to enjoy your dinner and/or beer. 29 Sunday River Road, Bethel, ME 04217

Après/Nightlife

  • Come for the pizza and the cocktails, and stay for the live music at Matterhorn Ski Bar. 292 Sunday River Road, Newry, ME 04261

Terrain

Terrain

Featuring snowmaking on 522 acres of terrain and serviced by 15 lifts (lift capacity 32,000 per hour), skiers and riders have access to 135 trails (53 miles of trails), including almost 300 acres of developed tree skiing. Freestylers will find 35 acres dedicated to six progressive terrain parks and a superpipe. The area receives on average 155 inches of snowfall per year. The longest run is three miles. The top elevation is 3,140 feet, and the base is 800 feet with a total vertical drop of 2,340 feet.

The vertical breakout of the mountains is as follows:

  • White Cap: 2,350 feet
  • Spruce Peak: 1,500 feet
  • Jordan Bowl: 1,490 feet
  • Lock Mountain: 1,460 feet
  • Barker Mountain: 1,400 feet
  • North Peak: 1,000 feet
  • Aurora Peak: 1,100 feet
  • Oz: 1,100 feet

The breakout of the runs is 30% beginner, 36% intermediate, 18% advanced and 16% expert. With over 2,000 snowguns, the resort can make 7,800 gallons of snow per minute. The season typically runs from November until May.

Inside Scoop

The hardest terrain is going to be on White Cap, with White Heat being an expert run. North Peak is geared towards beginners and families. For the best snow and the fewest people, head to the resort in March or April.

There are plenty of lodging on the mountain. For discount Sunday River lift tickets, buy them online or at any base or resort lodging. The SnowSports school offers both adult and children ski and snowboard lessons. Private and group lessons are available. During select times of the year, the resort offers Kids Ski Free weeks.

Plan Your Trip

Sunday River Lodging

Best Time for Snow

Average Snowfall

44"
28"
19"
9"
0"
8"
Nov
27"
Dec
24"
Jan
36"
Feb
17"
Mar
6"
Apr
0"
May

Terrain Overview

30%
Beginners Runs
36%
Intermediate Runs
18%
Advanced Runs
16%
Expert Runs
135
Runs in Total
3 mi
Longest Run
878 ac
Skiable Terrain
140 ac
Night Skiing
552 ac
Snow Making

Total Lifts: 18

1
Gondolas & Trams
4
High Speed Quads
5
Quad Chairs
3
Triple Chairs
1
Double Chairs
4
Surface Lifts

Elevation

3140'
Summit
2340'
Vertical Drop
800'
Base

Important Dates

November 18, 20212021/11/18
Projected Opening
April 24, 20222022/04/24
Projected Closing
155
Projected Days Open
165
Days Open Last Year
63
Years Open
167"
Average Snowfall
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