Skiers arrived as early as 3AM for first chair at the Maine ski area’s opening day

Sunday River Opens for the 2019-20 Winter Season with Top-to-Bottom Ski Terrain

NEWRY, ME (November 9, 2019)—With snowguns blazing and bright blue skies, Sunday River kicked off the 2019/20 winter season this morning. The resort opened four trails-T2, Upper Sunday Punch, Sunday Punch, and Lower Sunday Punch- and the Locke Mountain Triple chairlift at 8:00 AM for skiers and snowboarders. The first 500 people in the lift line received a free opening day koozie.

"The first people to arrive to wait in line for first chair got here at 3:00 AM," says Resort President and General Manager, Dana Bullen. "It's incredible to come to work and see such a passionate group waiting to celebrate with you."

Sunday River will remain open on Sunday, November 10, and then will close until Friday, November 15 when daily operations will begin. All information on terrain, hours of operation, and skier services can be found on the resort's Mountain Report on

Sunday River has been making snow as temperatures allowed since November 2. The resort increased water capacity by 15 percent for the 2018/19 season with upgrades that included the replacement of nearly two miles of pipe from the river to the resort, as well as a new 600-horsepower pump at the resort's water source. Skiers and snowboarders can expect to see results of an additional 10 percent increase in snowmaking capacity for the 2019/20 season, thanks to four new 500-horsepower pumps also installed at the snowmaking pond. The ski area can now pump up to 10,000 gallons of water per minute.

About Sunday River Resort: Sunday River Resort is located minutes from picturesque Bethel Village in western Maine's Mahoosuc Mountains. A true four-season destination, Sunday River offers eight interconnected peaks of world-class skiing and snowboarding, an 18-hole golf course at the Sunday River Golf Club, two resort hotels and an inn, and numerous events throughout the year. Sunday River is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.


Media Contact: Karolyn Castaldo, Director of Communications