Sunday River Stats:
Summit Elevation: 3,150'
Vertical Drop: 2,340
Prepared Runs: 135 plus glades and terrain parks
Acres: 820-acres, New England's 2nd largest ski resort. 92% Snowmaking. Snow
Tubing. Night Skiing. Zip Line. Sunday River lodging ranges from on mountain
hotels and condominiums, to house rentals, bnbs and inns a short drive away.
Off Route 2, Newry, Maine, 1-800-543-2SKI, or 1-207-824-3000
Sunday River ski vacations are
super reliable because of the biggest, best snowmaking in New
England. Sunday River is a big resort stretching three miles with 15 lifts from
East to West on 8 peaks, with the 2nd most ski acreage in New England at 820-acres, sister
Maine resort Sugarloaf is the largest.
Sunday River's eight interconnected peaks is typically beautifully groomed with soft
fresh blown snow. With one of the longest ski seasons in New
England, from October to late April typically (opening around Halloween most
season, and oft stretching skiing til May 1), Sunday River guarantees some the best snow conditions in the East. It takes days to ski all of Sunday River's terrain,
from the perfectly groomed runs off the Chondola on North Peak and South Peak,
to bumps on Agony and lots of turns on Top Gun and the signature trail Sunday
Punch. White Heat is the longest steepest widest trail in the East, while
Lollapalooza on the opposite extreme of Sunday River's miles of terrain is
scenic and sauntering - part of Jordan Bowl - and the exciting glades of Oz - the highest of Sunday River's
peaks of skiing.
It's easy to get around Sunday River given their modern, swift lift system with
several trails dedicated to every mountain pod with about 1,200-1,500' vertical
skiing each. Just be sure to set up meeting times and places with your party
since there are several base areas, White Cap, Barker, South Ridge and Jordan
We recommend you ride each lift and take a few runs at each ski peak, White Cap
and Tempest, to Barker, Spruce Peak, and North Peak, then Aurora and Jordan Bowl
Lodging at Sunday River Resort comes down to slopeside condos most of which were
built in the 1980's, or staying at one of two Grand hotels - The
Grand Summit at Sunday River or the Jordan Grand Hotel and Spa are both on the slopes with
outdoor heated swimming pools, ski check valet, restaurants and a cafe in the hotel,
and fitness facilities plus spa services. While these hotels are not as fancy as
they sound (“grand”) with 2 and 3-diamond ratings, their on mountain location is
convenient with ski storage and valet parking and both Sunday River ski hotels sport fantastic
outdoor heated pools with views of the slopes where you just skied. Rooms vary
from your standard hotel room to more spacious suites with kitchen facilities,
living rooms, two and three bedrooms and balconies.
The slopeside condominium rentals at Sunday River may not make Condé
Nast's "luxury ski lodging" list, but Sunday River's hotels and condos do score high for ski
in/ski out location and typically good value for your ski vacation dollars when
you buy a ski and stay package with lift tickets and lessons included.
For a truly unique Sunday River skiing experience, sign up for Sunday River
First Tracks, and get on the lift before the mountain opens to the public on
weekends and ski holidays. You will be skiing on our private mountain at 7:15am,
with perfect corduroy, or perhaps fresh powder with a few members of Sunday
River's management team - a true treat for a select few lucky skiers.
We recommend you ski to North Peak Lodge around 10am for a midmorning snack of
their homemade sticky buns warm and fresh from the oven, best with a hot cocoa
or coffee and a view of the ski slopes, o rmid d ay for charcuterie and local
cheeses at the Mountain Room. For a ski in ski out lunch with table
service and a view, go to the Foggy Goggle at South Ridge - one of the best
après ski bars around, The Shipyard Brewhaus
at the White Cap Lodge or Sliders if you are over at Jordan Bowl. For
après ski at Sunday River, The
Foggy Goggle rocks with live bands on weekends as does the Matterhorn Ski
Bar just down the Sunday River access road.
A unique dining experience is Dining at the Peak, offered certain winter
Saturday evenings and holidays. You board the Chondola in the evening (having
changed out of ski clothes), the lift attendants provide you a blanket and warm
cider for your ride up to the North Peak Lodge - now reserved for your private
dining experience. The Lodge has been transformed from the day skier spot with
candlelight and shimmering birch branches, table clothes and sparkling wine
glasses - more Deer Valley or Beaver Creek than New England base lodge. After
Champagne and appetizers, a chef's specially prepared dinner awaits with wine
pairing, which you enjoy often with live music, before descending the mountain
in the dark after the skiers have all retired. Also Camp in the Grand Summit
Hotel has a cozy cabin atmosphere and Maine comfort food. See our review of
Dining at the Peak at Sunday River.
For a truly unique Sunday River lodging experience,
Ski Esta is ski mansion with
fantastic views of Sunday River, just a few miles from the ski slopes. There are
a few other
luxury Sunday River properties in the area.
You will also find plenty of great ski bars like the Phoenix and The Matterhorn
at Sunday River, and some top restaurants in the town of Bethel – Ski Magazine
named Bethel in the top 10 ski resort towns in the country. See a complete