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Sunday River in Maine Opened Today [Nov. 3, 2014]

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With the big dump of snow one the east coast this weekend it enabled Sunday River to open today. Only one run so far but they have the snow guns going and it is looking good for the weekend.

 

I have never skied there before but will be going in January. Can anyone shed some light on some of the best runs and what to look for?

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I really enjoy skiing The River.  There is a ton of terrain here.  What kind of skiing do you like to do (IE, moguls, trees, steep groomers, easy greens, etc)?

Bill

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I really enjoy skiing The River.  There is a ton of terrain here.  What kind of skiing do you like to do (IE, moguls, trees, steep groomers, easy greens, etc)?

Bill

Bill, I like it steep because I like the speed. A run with a constant pitch is my favourite. My ski buddy likes the moguls and trees so I will do the odd tree run but not too often. When it comes to greens it seems they are too hard on the thighs. I don't know why this is so but it happens all the time. We ski a hill north of Toronto sometimes and there is a green run you have to go on to get over to the steep side of the resort and it burns the thighs worse than any other run on the resort.

 

Seeing your moniker, you must also like the "Loaf". Been there once after a rain and all the snow was lost on the top so could only ski the bottom half of the mountain. It was a bit cold that day as well; -45 with the wind chill. It was the first time I had to put toe warmers in my boots.

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Bill, I like it steep because I like the speed. A run with a constant pitch is my favourite. My ski buddy likes the moguls and trees so I will do the odd tree run but not too often. When it comes to greens it seems they are too hard on the thighs. I don't know why this is so but it happens all the time. We ski a hill north of Toronto sometimes and there is a green run you have to go on to get over to the steep side of the resort and it burns the thighs worse than any other run on the resort.

Seeing your moniker, you must also like the "Loaf". Been there once after a rain and all the snow was lost on the top so could only ski the bottom half of the mountain. It was a bit cold that day as well; -45 with the wind chill. It was the first time I had to put toe warmers in my boots.

Blowing up your quads on green runs sounds like skiing backseat.

http://www.mahretrainingcenter.com/skitips/tip2-foreaftbalance.html

Enjoy your season.
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Blowing up your quads on green runs sounds like skiing backseat.

http://www.mahretrainingcenter.com/skitips/tip2-foreaftbalance.html

Enjoy your season.

I agree. 

 

And if you like steep, SR isn't the place for you. 

post #6 of 19

Killington opened yesterday also.  See this thread for some pics.

 

http://www.killingtonzone.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=39418

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Blowing up your quads on green runs sounds like skiing backseat.

http://www.mahretrainingcenter.com/skitips/tip2-foreaftbalance.html

Enjoy your season.

No, it's not and that's what is crazy about it. The particular run I am talking about is the worst and my usual ski buddy who skis very, very well has the same problem on this run.

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FlipFlop, you are posting in a forum full of expert skiers!  They are going to tell you that if your quads burn on green runs, you are doing some version of wall-sits on green runs.  Can you think of another reason they would burn?  Continuously contracting quads for long periods of time, or repeatedly, puts them in an oxygen-deprived state, and creates that burn.  

 

This quad burn is fixable by changing the way you stay balanced on your skis, which is the good news.  You'll find lots of people here willing to tell you how to fix it, which may be the bad news.  

Are you ready for that?

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FlipFlop, you are posting in a forum full of expert skiers!  They are going to tell you that if your quads burn on green runs, you are doing some version of wall-sits on green runs.  Can you think of another reason they would burn?  Continuously contracting quads for long periods of time, or repeatedly, puts them in an oxygen-deprived state, and creates that burn.  

 

This quad burn is fixable by changing the way you stay balanced on your skis, which is the good news.  You'll find lots of people here willing to tell you how to fix it, which may be the bad news.  

Are you ready for that?

Whatever.

post #10 of 19
Actually long green runs (think cat tracks) make my legs hurt. I think it's from too long in a static position.
Long traverses where you are on one side the whole way are even worse.
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Whatever.


We have ways of making you ski..........correctly.

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My favorite part of this thread is the title.

 

I think I am going to start one with a title like, "Aspen in Colorado opened today". :D 

 

Okay, maybe there is just a tiny little chip on my shoulder.

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Actually long green runs (think cat tracks) make my legs hurt. I think it's from too long in a static position.
Long traverses where you are on one side the whole way are even worse.

 

Well in that case Sunday River is absolutely not your place! (As I'm pretty sure you already know.) Welcome to Kansas, and all that.

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Actually long green runs (think cat tracks) make my legs hurt. I think it's from too long in a static position.
Long traverses where you are on one side the whole way are even worse.

 

Well in that case Sunday River is absolutely not your place! (As I'm pretty sure you already know.) Welcome to Kansas, and all that.

Actually Kansas was exactly what I was thinking of.  Who would name a ski run "Kansas"?  Well, at least it is honest.

 

Just wait till we take you into Saratoga Bowl at Jackson Hole and go all the way to the end.  A long, long traverse along the rope line to get back.... You'll love it! 

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Actually long green runs (think cat tracks) make my legs hurt. I think it's from too long in a static position.
Long traverses where you are on one side the whole way are even worse.

I think that is the culprit. 

post #16 of 19

I don't agree that there aren't steep runs at SR.  However, there aren't any that are loooooong and steep.  SR is a series of small peaks, one of which claims to be over 2k in vertical height (not sure how true that really is).  As a result, you do a lot of traversing back and forth across the peaks.  With that said, I really enjoy skiing SR.  There is a good variety of terrain, much of which is extremely challenging (check out Whitecap, Aurora and Oz peaks on Youtube to get a flavor for some of the more challenging skiing).  There are some very long blue square runs off of Jordan Bowl that you might enjoy.    I also enjoy skiing it early season b/c they blow snow like crazy and get a bunch of terrain open really early (see Killington as well).

 

If you're coming in January though, I'd tell you to ski the Loaf or check out Saddleback (qcanoe is the Epic ambassador there and has written some great articles about it).  Again, SR is a fun mountain but if you're looking for loooooooong and steep, you'd be better served at the Loaf.  If glades are your thing, check out Saddleback.  When there's lots of snow mid-season there are better options available than SR; although I will say that I still ski SR a LOT during mid-season b/c it's so much closer to me than the Loaf or Saddleback.  I usually hit Saddleback a lot beginning in March and I'm not very familiar with Saddleback beyond it's reputation (though I plan on becoming more familiar with it this year).

 

Hope this helps and give a shout out to the board when you're coming.

Bill

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I don't agree that there aren't steep runs at SR.  However, there aren't any that are loooooong and steep.  SR is a series of small peaks, one of which claims to be over 2k in vertical height (not sure how true that really is).  As a result, you do a lot of traversing back and forth across the peaks.  With that said, I really enjoy skiing SR.  There is a good variety of terrain, much of which is extremely challenging (check out Whitecap, Aurora and Oz peaks on Youtube to get a flavor for some of the more challenging skiing).  There are some very long blue square runs off of Jordan Bowl that you might enjoy.    I also enjoy skiing it early season b/c they blow snow like crazy and get a bunch of terrain open really early (see Killington as well).

 

If you're coming in January though, I'd tell you to ski the Loaf or check out Saddleback (qcanoe is the Epic ambassador there and has written some great articles about it).  Again, SR is a fun mountain but if you're looking for loooooooong and steep, you'd be better served at the Loaf.  If glades are your thing, check out Saddleback.  When there's lots of snow mid-season there are better options available than SR; although I will say that I still ski SR a LOT during mid-season b/c it's so much closer to me than the Loaf or Saddleback.  I usually hit Saddleback a lot beginning in March and I'm not very familiar with Saddleback beyond it's reputation (though I plan on becoming more familiar with it this year).

 

Hope this helps and give a shout out to the board when you're coming.

Bill

Thanks Bill! I am going to the Maritimes on business, family and pleasure in January so that is the reason for hitting SR. We are going to start at Gore Mountain, then Loon and finally, SR. We may go to the Loaf on the way back home if time permits. I was there 10 or so years ago and there was no snow at the top. If there is lots of snow on it, that will likely be the deciding factor.

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I think that is the culprit. 

 

Of course, that would lead to the question of why you are in a static position on a green cruiser.  The types of traverses mdf is talking about are most definitely not green cruisers...

 

Of course, you also don't seem terribly interested in exploring this, so...  Enjoy your season.

post #19 of 19
I think if you hit the Loaf in January, you should be good. Of ourselves, check the mountain report firest.
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