Sep 30, 2022
Maine ski area fires up the snowguns on the last day of September with temps in the low 30s

The Snow is a Go: Annual Snowmaking Systems Test Completed at Sunday River Resort

NEWRY, ME (September 30, 2022)—This morning, as the sun rose over the mountains, Sunday River Resort completed its annual test of the snowmaking system. The resort fired up six HKD high-efficiency snowguns on Locke Mountain on the T2 trail with temperatures in the low 30s. This test gives Sunday River’s snowmakers the go-ahead to crank the system at full capacity once there are sustained freezing temperatures overnight at the higher elevations of the mountain. The resort typically opens between late October-early November but has not yet set an opening date. 

This summer, Sunday River invested significantly in its snowmaking infrastructure, adding 26 new fan guns, 81 tower guns, and 14 high-efficiency portable guns to its arsenal. Additionally, the Mountain Operations team is in the process of building a new booster pump house, located on North Peak. This pump house, once completed, will be the first step toward doubling snowmaking capacity in Jordan Bowl and beyond. 

“We’re known for our snowmaking for a reason,” says Steve Boulanger, Vice President of Mountain Operations for Sunday River. “We’ve got one of the largest operations in the country, and the upgrades we’ve made this summer will allow us to work even more efficiently.”

In addition to snowmaking improvements, Sunday River has been installing the new Jordan 8 chairlift, a Doppelmayr D-Line 8-person bubble lift, set to open this coming winter season in Jordan Bowl. 

For more information about snowmaking at Sunday River, please visit

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