Oct 1, 2021
Maine ski area fires up the snowguns with temperatures in the 30s to prepare for winter

Snow in the Making: Annual Systems Test Completed at Sunday River

NEWRY, ME (October 1, 2021)—This morning, Sunday River Resort completed its annual test of the snowmaking system, signaling that ski season will be here soon. The resort turned on four snowguns on the Lower Downdraft trail with temperatures in the 30s. With this test complete, Sunday River is ready to make snow as soon as there are sustained freezing temperatures overnight at the higher elevations of the mountain. The resort typically opens on or around Halloween each year, but has not set an opening date.

This summer, Sunday River invested significantly in its snowmaking infrastructure, replacing and installing 9.5 miles of new pipe, and adding two new fan guns and 131 tower guns to its arsenal. The resort is also in the process of implementing automation technology to aid its dedicated team of snowmakers in efficiency and increased snow output.

“We have prided ourselves on having one of the most advanced snowmaking systems in North America for quite a long time,” says Steve Boulanger, Vice President of Mountain Operations for Sunday River. “Completing our snowmaking test after these major infrastructure upgrades ensures that we can deliver on incredible snow conditions from the first day of skiing to the last.”

In addition to snowmaking improvements, Sunday River recently announced a number of capital improvements, new guest experiences, and sustainability initiatives. The full release is available on SundayRiver.com.

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: Abby Borron, Communications Manager