192 snowguns blasted 8 trails as Maine ski area makes push for opening day

Snowmaking for 2019-20 Season Begins at Sunday River

NEWRY, ME (November 2, 2019)—It's beginning to feel a lot like winter at Sunday River Resort. At midnight, the Maine ski area's snowmakers fired up 192 snowguns on eight trails as a first push towards being able to open for the 2019-20 season. Over the summer, the resort increased water capacity for making snow by 10 percent as phase two of a project to double capacity.

Snowmaking occurred on the T2, Cascades, Jim's Whim, Upper Sunday Punch, Sunday Punch, Lower Sunday Punch, Ecstasy, and Jungle Road trails for top-to-bottom coverage. Though the resort has not set an opening day at this time, the forecast indicates that the resort will experience temperatures in an ideal range for continuing to make snow over the next few nights.

"As long as we have sustained cold temperatures below freezing, our team will be getting the mountain ready to welcome skiers and snowboarders back to the slopes," says Steve Boulanger, Vice President of Mountain Operations for Sunday River. "Conditions look favorable to continue making snow overnight into this week, which means that opening day will be coming soon."

For the last two years, Sunday River has invested in upgrades to the resort's snowmaking system to double snowmaking capacity. Phase one of the project was completed last summer when Sunday River installed nearly two miles of pipe from its water source and added a new 600-horsepower pump. Phase two of this project increases the ski area's water capacity for making snow by 10 percent with the addition of four 500-horsepower pumps at the river.

For more information, visit SundayRiver.com. Media inquiries may contact Sunday River's Director of Communications, Karolyn Castaldo, at karolyn.castaldo@sundayriver.com. Permission to use and distribute photos and video from this release is granted with credit to Sunday River Resort.

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