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Sunday River

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No cables on that lift tower??

Is that the new Chondola line??
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No cables on that lift tower??

Is that the new Chondola line??
Yes indeedy!!
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Chondola?
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Sunday River win the artsy fartsy photo award
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Chondola?
http://www.chondola.com/

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Another answer to a question never asked.
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I've never been to Sunday River. Is it worth the trip? Well, now that they'll have a CHONDOLA that's probably a silly question. But, how's the skiing anyways?
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This is only my opinion.......Sunday River is spread out and all the peaks ski the same way. No variety. Conditions are often hardpack. There are funnel areas full of crowds. The terrain is just o.k..

For anyone considering skiing in Maine it is well worth the trip to go to Sugarloaf or Saddleback. 2 real mountains with fantastic conditions and lots of varied terrain.

Me, I don't like SR.
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That opinion is probably why I haven't been there yet. Seems like there's better options, especially based on the distance I'd have to travel from PA.
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That opinion is probably why I haven't been there yet. Seems like there's better options, especially based on the distance I'd have to travel from PA.
I live in PA but have a brother in Western Maine. If it weren't for that there is no way I'd say the drive to Sunday River is worth it. If you're not into the "resort" scene, Saddleback is a treat though. But still, hard to justify driving past Northern Vermont, me thinks.
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Thats a pretty sight.

Tonight I received a text notice from Mt. Snow, Hunter and Killington: Snow expected tomorrow night.
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I've never been to Sunday River. Is it worth the trip? Well, now that they'll have a CHONDOLA that's probably a silly question. But, how's the skiing anyways?
Sugarloaf has steeper steeps but SR has more sun and less wind. If you are interested in skiing lots of different trails blue or black and don't want to roll the dice on wind conditions then SR is a good choice. I skied both mountains last year but the loaf had most of the lifts on hold all four times I visited.
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This is only my opinion.......Sunday River is spread out and all the peaks ski the same way. No variety. Conditions are often hardpack. There are funnel areas full of crowds. The terrain is just o.k..

For anyone considering skiing in Maine it is well worth the trip to go to Sugarloaf or Saddleback. 2 real mountains with fantastic conditions and lots of varied terrain.

Me, I don't like SR.
Me: 100% agree with that.
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Trust me, the wind doesn't blow more at the 'loaf.

We live in the northeast where......from time to time.....the wind blows. (Light goes on.)

Oh, and the sun shines in the northeast, too., from time to time.
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Trust me, the wind doesn't blow more at the 'loaf.

We live in the northeast where......from time to time.....the wind blows. (Light goes on.)

Oh, and the sun shines in the northeast, too., from time to time.

Sugaree "As much as I love Sugarloaf the mountain experiences several wind holds throughout the season"
this is all I'm saying. I am a season pass holder at the loaf but I don't like the mountain much when it is on wind hold and the only lift open is the super quad.
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I've done the drive to Sugarloaf - that was worth it.
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Wacky....You are correct, the mountain does experience some windholds. (or are those my words from a previous post??)

I can deal with the holds over on King Pine. However, when Timberline is on hold, I'm sulking.

I would say it is somewhat unusual to have the chairs on hold all day long. Be patient and they often "open up."
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Wacky....You are correct, the mountain does experience some windholds. (or are those my words from a previous post??)

I can deal with the holds over on King Pine. However, when Timberline is on hold, I'm sulking.

I would say it is somewhat unusual to have the chairs on hold all day long. Be patient and they often "open up."
Hi Sugaree,
your words from a previous post.
I love sugarloaf and I would ski the loaf exclusively if it wasn't such a let down after driving 2.5 hrs to have the mountains on hold. I really love king pine, I could ski haulback all morning long.

Trust me I haven't given up on SR. I will make numerious trips this year. I'll just pay more attention to the forcast before I make the long drive.

Best,
WP
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SundayRiver...$.01

Ski-3PO..
Great snowmaking...imo. Practically deserted weekdays(like Sugarloaf)...gets its share of 10"-18" dumps with one or more going deeper. Terrific place to just hang for a few snowy days during the week...it's in one of those country areas of NewEngland where there's little to do but ski. Houses & condos have increased but it's no secret who's owned the place for the last decade+. Weekend afternoons are the times to avoid...

$.01
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All the snowmaking going on right now in the NE is just "publicity snow", it's supposed to rain today. A few resorts will start up next week but most are starting around Nov 1st, weather permitting.

Our weather guy says we might be getting a decent winter storm this Tuesday, maybe 6". We have already had two snow events. Old Vermont saying, " if the leaves are bright in the fall means early snow".

I shot this in late Sept. We thought about grabbing our sticks during lunch, lift was spinning for hikers, but being old farts and seeing this happen many times before, the thought quickly passed plus we were working.
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Hi Sugaree,
your words from a previous post.
I love sugarloaf and I would ski the loaf exclusively if it wasn't such a let down after driving 2.5 hrs to have the mountains on hold. I really love king pine, I could ski haulback all morning long.

Trust me I haven't given up on SR. I will make numerious trips this year. I'll just pay more attention to the forcast before I make the long drive.

Best,
WP


True that on Haulback.....

My way of accessing the mountain these days is to take the Whiffletree Quad up and ski Tohaul directly to the King Pine Quad and then it's onto Haulback for a mighty fast first run 'o the day. I love Haulback. Great bumps on that trail, too.

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