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Sunday River Resort Opens Summer Adventure Park Thursday with Addition of L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools

Retailer and resort partner to offer ultimate outdoor experience

June 23, 2014

Newry, ME (June 23, 2014)-Sunday River Resort opens for the summer this Thursday, June 26, offering a number of warm weather activities, including mountain biking, scenic lift rides, and zipline tours. Sunday River is also working with L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools for the first time ever to bring clinics, classes, and tours in kayaking, hiking, geocaching, stand-up paddleboarding, and archery to the resort.

New! L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools at Sunday River Resort 
At its Sunday River Resort location, L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools will offer kayaking, fly-casting, hiking, stand-up paddleboarding, archery, and geocaching. All programs will be based out of the resort's Grand Summit Hotel.

Instruction through the L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School is offered Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays; prices and times vary. More information and registration is available through L.L.Bean directly.   Sunday River's Adventure Park and The Adventure Pass
For guests interested in unlimited day access to five of Sunday River Resort's most popular Adventure Park activities, there is the Adventure Pass ($25 for ages 13 and over; $22 for ages 12 and under). Sunday River Resort's Adventure Pass includes scenic lift rides, Twin Zip rides, the bungee trampoline, climbing wall, and disc golf course access. Adventure Passes are available to purchase at Sunday River Sports in the South Ridge Lodge. 

Mountain Biking
The Sunday River Bike Park, also part of the resort's Adventure Park, is packed with over 20 miles of terrain perfect for honing your downhill skills or learning new ones, and it's home to the Sunday River Mountain Bike School. Cyclists will appreciate the resort's full fleet of Kona rental bikes and its uphill bike transport system via the Chondola lift. Adult bike park lift tickets are $29; trail access-only tickets (no lift access) are $10. 

Zipline Tours and Twin Zips
Sunday River's Zipline Tour features six lines ranging from 100 to 300 feet in length. Zipline guides set the pace by helping guests into their harnesses and assisting with loading and unloading at each line. The tour's grand finale is a zip down one of the resort's two parallel Twin Zips that span 750 feet in length. Zipline Tours take about two hours, but for those with limited time, the Twin Zips can be done separately and are a perfect quick fix for effortless fun. Zipline Tours are $49 for juniors and $59 for adults, Twin Zips tickets are $15 per person for two "zips." Height and weight restrictions apply; reservations are strongly encouraged, 800-543-2754.

Scenic Lift Rides
Sunday River's Chondola is a must-do experience for all guests to the Western Mountains of Maine. Throughout summer and fall, the Chondola whisks guests to the mid-mountain Peak Lodge, where views of the Mahoosuc and Presidential ranges extend for miles and miles. Scenic lift tickets are $15 for ages 13 and over and $10 for ages 6 through 12. Scenic lift tickets are free for ages 5 and under, ages 80 and over, and all 2014-15 winter season passholders.   Bungee Trampoline
After working with gravity while harnessed to one of Sunday River's ziplines, take to the air and try and to defy it using the resort's bungee trampoline. The harness system also conveniently allows you to flip forward and backward safely as you bounce up to 20 feet into the air. Tickets are $9 for all ages, or you can get all-day access as part of the Adventure Pass. Height and weight restrictions apply.

Climbing Wall
Sunday River's outdoor climbing wall is a great way to test your strength and nerve. Standing 25 feet tall this wall offers climbers three automatic belay stations to try multiple routes to the top, all while safely harnessed in. A five-climb session is $9 for all ages, or you can get all-day access as part of the Adventure Pass. Disc Golf
On par with the fun to be had at the Sunday River Golf Club is the enjoyment to be found back at the resort on its nine-hole disc golf course. Like traditional golf, disc golf offers the same entertaining perks of trying to get from point A to point B with as few tries as possible, but it's done in a cross-country setting and uses discs (Frisbee-like devices) rather than golf clubs and balls. Each hole is finished by landing your shot in a specially-designed basket. Course access is $5 for a round or you can get all-day access as part of the Adventure Pass. Disc sets can also be rented for an additional $5. 

Sunday River Golf Club
Voted "2014 Best Public Golf Course in Maine" by Golfweek Magazine, the Sunday River Golf Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., features an 18-hole championship course that winds through one of Maine's most picturesque alpine settings. Advanced golfers will love the challenge of a truly award-winning course, while beginners will love the wide-open fairways and the New England Golf Camp, an overnight golf camp created for boys and girls ages 9 to 17 looking to take their skills to the next level. More information at newenglandgolfcamp.com. 

For more information on all of Sunday River's summer activities, visit sundayriver.com. To review the full spread of L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools' offerings, locations, and dates, and to register online, visit llbean.com/adventure or call 888-552-3261.

About Sunday River Resort
Sunday River Resort is located just minutes away from the picturesque Bethel Village in Western Maine's Mahoosuc Mountains. A true four-season destination, the resort offers eight interconnected peaks of world-class skiing and snowboarding, the most slopeside lodging in the east, including two resort hotels, and in the summer months, activities including lift-serviced mountain biking, ziplines, and golf at the acclaimed Sunday River Golf Club. Sunday River is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.

About L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools 
Since 1979, the L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools have been offering a variety of courses, trips, tours, seminars, and clinics for activities such as kayaking, cycling, fly fishing, camping, hiking, stand-up paddleboarding, and much more. The guiding principals have always remained the same: to promote an enjoyment of the outdoors by making it as easy as possible for people to engage in outdoor activities and to foster an appreciation and respect for our natural environment. These foundations are inherent in every program offered, whether it is a two-hour fly casting lesson, a half-day tour, or a three-day trip. Last year, over 100,000 people participated in L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools programs.