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Early Season Training at Sunday River

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At Sunday River, we pride ourselves on snow quality and our ability to offer terrain early and late in the season. Due in large part to our dedication to snowmaking, we open training space for race camps in November each year for academy, college, and independent race teams. In fact, we were recognized by Skiing Magazine's 2016 Resort Guide for having the Most Reliable Snowmaking in the East because "racers flock here for November gates." These teams are also able to stay close to the slopes with all of the necessary amenities, plus additional activities to make camps as productive and enjoyable as possible. This year, Sunday River is introducing an all-new, early-season pass, specially priced for athletes participating in race camps at Sunday River. Athletes can purchase their Kickstarter passes at $119 and coaches at $159 for unlimited early-season skiing from opening day until December 24, 2017. Set your team up for the season by emailing Noah Tanguay-Collins to book your team's lodging, hill space, and specially priced Kickstarter passes. 

Want to save on your race camp? Ask us about training during the week of January 2-6 for discounted lodging, lift ticket, and hill space packages! 

Competitive Terrain

Sunday River's training terrain offers a variety of pitch and length to meet your needs. Training space typically opens in mid-November, with protective fencing on the T2 and Monday Mourning trails set as soon as snow depth allows to create optimal training conditions. Gates are available if needed, but you are more than welcome to bring your own supplies and equipment. Our training space is scheduled in two-hour blocks, which allows each team to have equal and ample time and space on the hill each day.

Trail Vertical Drop Slalom Gate Count Slalom Lanes GS Gate Count GS Lanes
T2 95m 35 1-3 N/A 1
Upper Monday Mourning 138m 47 1-3 20 1-2*
Lower Monday Mourning 128m 43 1-2 19 1-2
Race Arena 128m 43 1-3 19 1-2
Cascades 138m 47 1 N/A N/A

*A full GS training lane starting from Upper Monday Mourning through Lower Monday Mourning is available, but there is no GS training lane on Upper Monday Mourning alone. 

Proven Track Record

Year after year Sunday River opens on or around October 31 for skiing and snowboarding, and our training space is never far behind. Our snowmaking team prioritizes race terrain and training space and our grooming team are experienced in creating optimal training surfaces for a wide range of temperatures.  

Season Opening Day Lanes open on T2 Lanes open on Monday Mourning
2013/14 October 27, 2013 November 12, 2013 November 18, 2013
2014/15 November 3, 2014 November 10, 2014 November 22, 2014
2015/16 October 19, 2015 November 26, 2015 December 3, 2015

As the home mountain of the Gould Academy and Bates College competition programs, it's not surprising that our terrain meets the needs of academy, college, and independent race teams from across the Eastern region. Teams hosting camps here in the past include:

Army Alpine Ski Team Harvard University Ski Team Poley Mountain Race Team
Bates College Jay Peak Saint Anselm College
Blue Mountain Race Team Killington Mountain School Saint Michael's College
Boston College King Pine Race Team Scarborough High School
Boyne Highlands Laval University Shawnee Peak Race Team
Bromont Ski Club Mad River Glen Race Team Smuggler's Notch Ski Team
Burke Mountain Academy Middlebury College Sports Club International
Camden Snow Bowl Ski Team Mont Gabriel Race Team Stratton Mountain School
Clarkson University Ski Team Mont Orford Ski Team Team MA Cross Country
Connecticut College Race Team Mont Saint Saveur Ski Club Team NH Cross Country
Crabbe Mountain Race Club National Ski Academy University of New Hampshire
Carrabassett Valley Academy NCO Race Team USSA Race Camps
EDLS Ski Team NYSEF Vorlage Racing Team
Falmouth High School Ottowa University Waleback Mountain Ski Team
Falmouth Middle School Owl Head Ski Team West Mountain Race Team
Gould Academy Oxford Hills Ski Team Williams College Ski Team
Green Mountain Valley School Pats Peak Race Team Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Gunstock Ski Club PEI Alpine Ski Team

Convenient Lodging

Sunday River has a variety of on-mountain lodging properties to meet your team's needs, with the nearby town of Bethel providing additional accommodation options. Team meal plans are also available through our on-mountain hotels and base lodges.

Snow Cap Youth Lodge
The cost-effective Snow Cap Youth Lodge was built specifically for youth groups and race teams, featuring dorm-style sleeping quarters, a recreation room including TVs for video analysis, ski tuning space, and equipment storage areas.

Snow Cap Inn
Another popular option for race teams, the Snow Cap Inn is a budget-friendly option featuring standard rooms with queen beds, lounge areas, and an outdoor hot tub. 

Grand Summit Hotel & Jordan Hotel
Acting as the end-caps of the ski resort, the Grand Summit Hotel and Jordan Hotels offer a full range of services and amenities, including fitness facilities, heated outdoor pools, function space, and restaurants. 

Resort Condominiums 
Slopeside condominium complexes are spread across the resort and boast large units with kitchens. These accommodations are located on-mountain and are bookable through separate rental management companies.

The town of Bethel is located just a six miles from the resort and has a variety of lodging options suitable for our race teams, plus numerous dining options and a movie theater.

To book hill space and lodging for your team please contact Noah Tanguay-Collins