Originally Posted by Mac
Sunday River may be more likely to have beginner terrain open... at South Ridge, which is all novice trails...
All agreed, but it is important to keep it in context with who is asking.
What will usually be open at SR without significant natural snow is:
Ecstasy (Blue) and/or Jungle Road (B)
Upper Sunday Punch (B),
maybe Sunday Punch (B)/Lower Sunday Punch (G)
maybe Monday Mourning (BLK/B)
Lazy River (B),
maybe Risky Business (B) and/or American Express (B)/ Tourist Trap (B)
and the South Ridge trails Lower Lazy River (G) and Mixing Bowl (G)/Broadway (G).
Sundance (G)/ teaching center is often too thin covered for skiing.
Tots and never-evers who need the teaching center don't ski. Intermediates who comfortably cruise Upper Sunday punch when groomed out, can't handle the 5-6 foot icy swells, ruts, and 2-3 day old moguls so they head to Lower Lazy River and Mixing Bowl/Broadway and bump those up. Same when AMEX or Risky bump up. Then happy green skiers can't negotiate the bumps on LLR and MB and go inside. Night comes, everything freezes -maybe some new snow is blown- and it's just as bad the next day. If possible, the groomers will smooth out what they can at South Ridge.
Groomers usually don't hit heavy fresh gun snow for 1-2 days, so it can get ugly for less skilled skiers. Some people get really angry when they drop $1-2G's or more for the long T-day weekend and some or all of the family isn't able to ski because of conditions. With luck it doesn't happen, but sometimes it does