After a week of work in Boston, we decided to hang out and spend the weekend at Sunday River in Maine. We'd skied a fair bit in New England when living in Pittsburgh, but never made it to Sunday River (Sugarbush and Jay Peak were regulars). Armed with a MAX pass and a good base and forecast, it was an easy decision.
Sunday River isn't as expansive as Killington, but it also doesn't have the flat, beginners area that is a substantial chunk of Killington's terrain. So it skied big, with 8 hills (New England peaks :)) to roam around. Only 7 were easy to access as someone seemed to have stolen the Spruce Peak chair!
We stayed at the Snow Cap Inn which is essentially on mountain but just across the road from the lifts. There was a free shuttle to the lifts which took approx 1 minute, so we jumped on that each day and were riding lifts by 8.10am. Saturday was a cold one - we'd forgotten about those bone chilling cold western winds - so we jumped on the gondola part of the chondola (look it up!) from the base to stay warm. From the top we got lost as the signage was a tad confusing, but after a couple of false starts we ended up in a deserted Jordan Bowl where there were excellent groomers and glades to warm us up.
The locals we talked to wanted another foot to cover up all the woody bits, but the whole mountain was skiing pretty well in a typical New England style. Early groomers were superb and the less traveled ones stayed good all weekend. The glades needed a tad of care to hop around and over mostly exposed roots and logs, but it was all eminently skiable. Wizard's Gulch off the Jordan Bowl chair and Chutzpah off White Cap were my favorites. North Woods was excellent too - Sugarbush-tight at the top!
We basically spent the whole weekend exploring, ripping groomers, dipping into the woods, and having a great time. Crowds were light and lift lines minimal to zero. Signature runs like White Heat and Vortex were as good a steep groomed run as you'll find anywhere - huge fun.
There's a lot more pics on my blog, including a few of Loon where we skied the day before. That was fun too, but in good conditions, Sunday River is classic New England skiing. One of the best.