If you've always wanted to learn to ski or snowboard, we have everything you need to know to get ready for your first day on the slopes.
Planning Your Trip
Where to Stay
There are three lodging properties at Sunday River—the Grand Summit and Jordan Hotels, and the Snow Cap Inn—and a number of lodging options in the area.
How to Learn
SnowSports School Lessons
Lessons are strongly recommended for your first time on snow. Your instructor serves as your mountain guide and gets you geared up and ready to go.
How to Go
If you are not participating in a lesson, you will need to purchase a lift ticket. The Beginner Lift Ticket offers access green terrain only, while an All-Mountain Ticket allows you to go anywhere on the resort.
Where to Get Gear
If you are not participating in lessons, Sunday River offers rental equipment at the South Ridge Lodge. You may reserve equipment online ahead of time. Sunday River also offers clothing rentals through an online provider.
When to Come
Hours of Operation
Come as much as you can from November to April! Sunday River typically opens for the season around Halloween. However, the beginner terrain required for a positive learning experience is open from around Thanksgiving until mid-April. The SnowSports School is open for private lessons when beginner terrain is available and for group lessons from early December to late March.
Where to Eat
Refuel and Recharge
Sunday River has many on-mountain dining options from grab-and-go to full sit-down meals. At South Ridge, you have the widest selection of food, like the Foggy Goggle, South Ridge Food Court, Cilantro Burrito, Cho Sun, Coffee Hound, and the Mountain Grocer.
What to Wear & Bring
Traveling to the Slopes
Prepare Your Vehicle
Seasoned skiers and snowboarders will recommend a basic roadside emergency kit, blanket, plenty of washer fluid, good windshield wipers, and a snow scraper brush combo.
Parking at the Resort
Parking is available near all of Sunday River’s base lodges and hotels. On weekends and holidays, parking lot attendants will guide you to the closest available spot. The free resort shuttle service is a great way to grab a ride with your gear, but you'll never park more than a seven-minute walk from any slope access.
- Slide 1
- Slide 2
- Slide 3
- Slide 4