What to Know Before You Go

Beginner's Guide at Sunday River

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. 

All You'll Need

Planning Your Trip

Jordan Hotel
Where to Stay

On-Mountain Accommodations

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.

Lessons
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. 

Skier on corduroy
How to Go

Lift Tickets

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. 

Base lodge
Where to Get Gear

Rental Equipment

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. 

Snowmaking over South Ridge
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. 

Nachos and beer at Foggy Goggle
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. 

Be Prepared

What to Wear & Bring

Need winter clothes or forget something?  We've got you covered. Sunday River Sports at South Ridge Lodge offers a wide selection of apparel and equipment for sale, or you can rent premium ski and snowboard apparel specifically for your trip through our partner Arrive.

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