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.
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.
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:
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.
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.