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Sunday river conditions?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
How is it holding up?.. Anyone been there lately?..
post #2 of 16
I rode the chair with someone at Sugarloaf last weekend and his report was that Sugarloaf's conditions kicked a** to Sunday River. Personally, I do not know??

Sugarloaf has been great up to 11:30am, at which time it gets skied off.....lots of piled up soft bumps with ice in between.

They do a good job at the 'loaf with what little they have to work with.
35-40 named trails........8 or so that are not connecters.
post #3 of 16
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I like the loaf a lot but might not be able to make it this year. Thanks for the word..
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I ski Sunday River every weekend and can honestly say that given the weather, the conditions have been very good....probably the best in New England. Skiing on 5 of the 8 peaks and over 50 runs...about half of the total acreage. As far as Sugarloaf having better conditions?? I've been hearing the exact opposite from those who ski both. SR has far superior snowmaking and better grooming and know for a fact The Loaf has not been hovering beneath a rogue snowcloud all season. I love Sugarloaf but so far this season SR has no doubt had better conditions hands down.
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Treewell....Have you skied Sugarloaf this year??

If not, I'm not going to argue over the 'loaf and SR thing.
Up her in the NorthEast, Sunday River and Sugarloaf have a way of butting heads. Don't ask me why?? All I know is that Sunday River doesn't compare to Sugarloaf.

How many Olympians have come from Sunday River??

Uh Oh?? Have I started something?? (let's keep it fun!)
post #6 of 16
Given the way the "winter" has been so far, I was very impressed with the conditions at Sunday River on Dec. 31st. However, the next morning we woke up to sleet and 1/2" of ice on the car. So, we just drove home after breakfast at the Bethel Inn (first time staying there). I don't know how it held up this past week. However, they report 4-5" received last night.

I've only been to Sugarloaf 3 times. The last 2 of those times the conditions were really bad. I can see how it could be a fun mountain. I just have to time it right with the weather. But, we really like Sunday River, so aren't very motivated to drive the extra distance.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post
Treewell....Have you skied Sugarloaf this year??

If not, I'm not going to argue over the 'loaf and SR thing.
Up her in the NorthEast, Sunday River and Sugarloaf have a way of butting heads. Don't ask me why?? All I know is that Sunday River doesn't compare to Sugarloaf.

How many Olympians have come from Sunday River??

Uh Oh?? Have I started something?? (let's keep it fun!)
I like both mountains equally for different reasons.....but which is better is a tired subject.
If a mountain is judged by the amount of Olympians coming from there then I guess Steamboat blows away Jackson Hole, Squaw and Snowbird HUH?
post #8 of 16
Treewell...you said it well. I like both mountains, too. For different reasons.

Sugarloaf ski's much bigger than SR. You can have trails to yourself in a good winter. 1,400 acres. Timberline from the top is so gentle. I like the one peak and the variety that it offers. Bumps and groomed all on one trail. Wide, steep headwalls that are made for GS ski's. In a good winter the snowfields can't be beat. White Nitro groomed from the top (winch cat). And, they do a great job with both, snowmaking and grooming. Sugarloaf is a skiers mountain. I can ski Sugarloaf for about 5 hours and then I am d-u-n......done!!

Sunday River, on the other hand, has good grooming and long intermediate cruisers. I like the rolling terrain it offers and 3-D is the perfect intermediate bump trail. The tree skiing at Sunday River is quite fun. They do a good job of pruning. The lifts have a lot of "shut downs" on the ride up. Drives me nuts!! I can ski Sunday River all day. That makes it nice in itself. Gentler.

How do you compare the two mountains??
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post
Treewell...you said it well. I like both mountains, too. For different reasons.

Sugarloaf ski's much bigger than SR. You can have trails to yourself in a good winter. 1,400 acres. Timberline from the top is so gentle. I like the one peak and the variety that it offers. Bumps and groomed all on one trail. Wide, steep headwalls that are made for GS ski's. In a good winter the snowfields can't be beat. White Nitro groomed from the top (winch cat). And, they do a great job with both, snowmaking and grooming. Sugarloaf is a skiers mountain. I can ski Sugarloaf for about 5 hours and then I am d-u-n......done!!

Sunday River, on the other hand, has good grooming and long intermediate cruisers. I like the rolling terrain it offers and 3-D is the perfect intermediate bump trail. The tree skiing at Sunday River is quite fun. They do a good job of pruning. The lifts have a lot of "shut downs" on the ride up. Drives me nuts!! I can ski Sunday River all day. That makes it nice in itself. Gentler.

How do you compare the two mountains??
You can ski yourself into the ground in 5 hours without getting bored just as easily at SR as at The Loaf...same with Stowe, Jay, MRG, Sugarbush, Smuggs and KMart. Just depends on the terrain you choose to ski that. I suggest you search out the difficult runs next time at SR..there is a ton of great trees and steep bump runs. SR gets a bad rap as a cruisers mountain but I've had freinds come over from the Sugarbush/Stowe area thinking it was going to be a walk in the park but had them beat to crap by the end of the day and saying they couldn't believe all the great terrain to be had here.
Just need to know the Mtn....let me know when you're at the River and I promise you 5 hours will be PLENTY!
Fav Run at SL--Bubblecuffer
Fav Run at SR--Ruby Palace

You're complaining about the lifts at SR?
The summit chair at SL never shuts down???????????
Maybe it's bad timing but of the last 10 times I've skied the Loaf that chair has been closed 6 of those days. Just a shame that's where most of the terrain is...
I put both mountains in the same class as the others I have mentioned and can have awesome ski days at any one of them
post #10 of 16
As a high schooler from North Shore Mass, Sunday River & Bethel was my favorite place 'close by' while Sugarloaf was 'the big destination' along with Stowe. Sounds like Sunday River has grown considerably, but the relative terrain is the same from what I recall. Hopefully, you'll get a bump in the snow department. It was amazing to watch a little of the Patriots game with everyone in t-shirts at Foxboro. Just weird.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post
As a high schooler from North Shore Mass, Sunday River & Bethel was my favorite place 'close by' while Sugarloaf was 'the big destination' along with Stowe. Sounds like Sunday River has grown considerably, but the relative terrain is the same from what I recall. Hopefully, you'll get a bump in the snow department. It was amazing to watch a little of the Patriots game with everyone in t-shirts at Foxboro. Just weird.
For the record I started skiing Sugarloaf way before even considering skiing Sunday River. It wasn't until SR opened the White Heat area then expanded into the Jordan Bowl/Oz area that it came into the big time of eastern skiing (where Sugarloaf has always been). That being said both mountains offer outstanding terrain of all types. Both Mtns just got 5-6" of snow so hopefully the tide is turning!!
post #12 of 16
It's true. The terrain is all relative at SR. After White Heat, it's all the same.

Treewell......Bubblecuffer is your favorite, wow. I can't keep up with you. Personally, I can't remember when it was last open??
I can't keep up and I can't remember.....I'm getting old!!
post #13 of 16
I go to one or the other on my day off each week and sometimes when I've got time on weekends. I was at Sugarloaf this past weekend. It was pouring all day Saturday, but the manmade snow held up fairly well on Narrow Gauge, Skidder, Hayburner, and Kings Landing and on Haulback and Ramdown over at King Pine. The approach to the Super Quad, however, was an absoulte mess by the end of Saturday. I guess there was a bit of snow early this week and the temps have been cold enough to really ramp up snowmaking.

I get far more aerobic exercise at Sunday River and I've gotten really good at railroad track turns -- all that cat tracking. My favorite trails, though, are at the Loaf. All of those old-fashioned narrow, steep trails off Spillway heading toward King Pine. Boomauger, Wedge, Bubblecuffer, and Gondy Line. I hope we get some snow to get those covered!

Heading to Sunday River tomorrow and I'll report upon my return.
post #14 of 16
SkisLikeAGirl.....

I'm anxious to hear how SR is doing.
I want to get over there. Just waiting for better (more snow) conditions, or should I say more terrain availability.

Happy Trails!
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Sunday River

Sunday River wasn't too bad at all today. It's funny how 20 degrees felt far colder than it has felt other seasons. I guess I'm not yet used to the lower temperatures, given all the days I've been skiing that haven't dropped below 40.

Monday's natural snow made the mountain look better than it has all winter, but still no glades or real steeps. The cold this week has been fine for snowmaking. Monday Mourning, Right Stuff, Tempest, and Ecstasy all were good. Lots of snow on Risky Business and American Express, too. The snow was slick and fast and had the crunchy sound that artificial stuff gets when it's very cold; there were places where it went from snowy to slick and back to snowy with very little warning. I guess that's what we call variable???

They were making snow on Obsession, which I gather they'll try to open for the weekend. It's supposed to snow again on Friday and again early next week. ASC is offering bronze pass holders the opportunity to ski on this weekend's blackout days for 20 bucks. I have a feeling, though, that this weekend will be crowded even without that.
post #16 of 16
Thanks SLAG.

I'll be at the 'loaf Saturday. Things are looking good up there.
King Pine quad is running and close to 50 trails. Word is it's real good.
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