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Sunday River Ski Resort


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Portland International Jetport


Lodging is available on-mountain, and in the neighboring town of Bethel.
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Jordan Grand Hotel and Conference Center


A full service, slopeside hotel and spa, located in the Jordan Bowl.


Extra person charges may apply


$225 to $790



Grand Summit Hotel and Conference Center


A full service slopeside hotel and spa, located in the Whitecap base area.


Extra person charges may apply


$225 to $790



Snow Cap Inn


Budget lodging a few blocks from the slopes.




$139.24 to $148.25

Inn at the Rostay


Located in Bethel, this is the closest motel to Sunday River.


Extra person charges may apply

$68 to $250




Zipline Tours: Coming in the 2011 season!
The Good: Less crowded than the Vermont resorts
The Better: Terrain suitable for all levels
The Best: White Heat: a steep mogul run.


Sunday River Ski Resort

Sunday River stretches more than three miles wide from east to west, with skiable terrain for all abilities spread across eight interconnected mountains. The River has plenty of room for more expansion as well with 7000 acres of undeveloped terrain adjacent to the resort. Each of the resort's eight mountains offers a distinct experience, from the steeps and bumps of White Cap to the tree skiing of Oz to the cruising on Jordan Bowl. Few if any resorts in the northeastern USA can match Sunday River's diversity. While Sunday River is located in the small, residential town of Newry, the local scene focuses on nearby Bethel, a traditional New England village with numerous inns, shops and restaurants.

Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: Lots of nicely groomed runs, short lift lines

Cons: Feels small

I give Sunday River 3.5 out of 5. Nice terrain but feels small. Another East Coast mountain with fake vertical. No true top to bottom run. Some of their blues are like blue-blacks and also enjoyed most blacks and white heat. So they have couple nice steep terrain but not anywhere close to Sugarloaf. On positive side trails were nicely groomed, they had good snowmaking, and lift lines were short. I was gonna give 4 stars for the terrain and lifts overall but dropped another half star for the lack of options for food at the lodges. Couldn't find French fries at North Peak Lodge and surprised. Not many local beer options either. At least food/drinks were not expensive compared to other resorts like Loon or Stratton.


Parking was nice and easy. Shuttle was quick. A nice crew welcomes you to the resort and answers your questions on which trails are good for the day. It is 3-3.5 hrs away from Boston but I wish Rt 26 had more climbing lanes. It could easily shorten another 0.5 hrs with road improvements. Got stuck behind trucks and had to go 40mph at 55mph stretches for a long while. So be ready for the traffic after I-95. I still give the edge to Sunday River on accessibility compared to Sugarloaf if you're driving from south of ME.


Pros: let me think about that

Cons: layout

When I ski Sunday River (a handful of times over the past few years) I feel like I'm traversing between the 7 peaks more than I'm ever skiing the mountain.  And their traverses are neither scenic (it’s no Heavenly Mountain traverses) nor challenging.  They are just boring slopes crowded with people wondering where they are going.  Sunday River is prone to strong winds and icy conditions, which doesn’t help.  If you head up their way, I’d recommend (as most Maine resorts) a spring trip.  The weather will be better and the winds not so fierce.  It can get crowded on top of it (especially weekends before March) and being a bigger name resort they attract more reckless once-a-year type skiers.  I don’t recommend it if you have younger kiddos in tow.  On the positive side, they have what one could call an East Coast bowl.  Certainly not spectacular by West Coast standards (a far cry from Mineral Basin at Snowbird) but a rarity around these parts.  They also have a modern, efficient, and fast lift system.  That’s certainly something you’ll appreciate since you’ll have to take so many of them.  It’s surely not my favorite resort in on the East Cost.  If you are from the Boston area, there are better resorts within the same driving distance and, certainly, Sugarloaf an hour north of Sunday River is a much more enjoyable and relaxed mountain.  Perhaps with cheaper tickets, I wouldn’t be so harsh, but for the price they currently charge, it’s hard to justify the drive or the expense.


Pros: Terrain, Value, minimal crowds

Cons: Long drive from Boston

The River is a great mountain. It's vast and has terrain for all types of skiers and riders. There are nice places to lay your head at night that wont break the bank and an ample supply of bars/restaurants to tie one on after a good day of attaching White Head, its legendary bump run. The only catch is that if your coming from Boston or points west and south of boston, your in for a long drive (almost 4 hours) as Sunday river is located off the beaten path (not easily accessible from major highway) either way, when you're there, you'll love it!


Pros: huge mountain, well groomed, many chairs, awesome view, cool sauna and jacuzzi

Cons: no centralization of lifts

i came here again during my spring break trip with my university. i really loved my spring break trip here! we stayed in the condos. the condos were all in the same appartment building and we were about 4 students per room in 2 queen size beds. ski in - ski out, our condos didn't have a kitchen and a only a single bathroom. we were all independant, everyone would wake up at whatever time they wanted and skied however amount they wanted since there were no buses to catch to the hill. but you would wake up everybody in the room. what was awesome is that everything was within the appartment building including some bars and a sports center with sauna and jacuzzis. the ski conditions were magnificent, tons of snow, all lifts were operating, sunny, warm, we were so lucky! great price for group student discounts. only thing is that there were many lifts and none of them would start at the same place, so you could get stuck one one chair for a long time if you didn't find the path to go to the other chairs. trails for all levels and rentals were affordable.


Pros: keeps tourists away from sugarloaf

Cons: the mountain sucks in general

This is a great tourist trap for those from mass. Its good for them but if your a real skiier, Sugarloaf is the place to be. Don't all pile there at once though cause that would make us made. Sumday Bigger is for tourists, Sugarloaf is a skiiers mountain. I mean, they have lifts that bring you sideways across their so called "8 peaks" which should be names, "8 piles of rocks to look like peaks for tourists" WTH?


Over-hyped...  SR did not live up to expectations.  Everyone was talking about how its so great but I didn't see anything worth writing positive about it.  The snow quality was poor.  Everything I touched was skiied off.  The trails were anything but challenging, unless you count trying to ski ice.  And I felt like the entire mourning all I did was ride lifts.  Theres the down fall of "8 peaks, infinite snow"  I dont regret going there but I won't find myself there again anytime soon.  I'll stick to real mountains not resorts next time.

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