How sweet it is!
The Sunday River Sugaring House was created to celebrate our Maine roots and the tradition of making maple syrup in springtime. The Sugaring House is located on the lower slopes of South Ridge, accessible on skis along the Sundance trail or by foot a short distance from South Ridge Lodge. We offer tours and demonstrations, as well as free candy and syrup samples on weekends during sugaring season, which is typically mid- to late March. Want to bring some home? Sunday River Maple Syrup is for sale at Sunday River Sports, the Mountain Grocer, and both resort hotel gift shops.
The Sunday River Sugaring House is open for the sugaring season on weekends in March.
More fun facts:
- Sap is gathered onsite through a system of taps and tubing near the Grand Summit Resort Hotel.
- There are a total of 950 taps connected by almost 3 miles of tubing.
- There are also 100 traditional metal buckets throughout the resort that collect sap.
- There is a total of 2,400 gallons of sap stored at the resort.
- 40-50 gallons of sap are boiled to produce one gallon of maple syrup.
- Each tap will produce about one pint of maple syrup per season.
- The equipment used to boil sap is a wood fired 3' x 10' Leader evaporator.
- The evaporator will boil 85 gallons of sap off per hour.
Like syrup itself, hours of operation for the Sunday River Sugaring House are truly weather dependent. When it's below freezing at night and 40 degrees and sunny during the day, sap will literally pour out of maple trees. On these days the Sugaring House is closed so we can gather over 100 pails of sap. Once the sap has been collected, we come back to the Sugaring House to boil what we have retrieved and turn it into delicious maple syrup. Hence the saying, "When you see the steam pouring out of the Sunday River Sugaring House, we're open!"