2019/20 Winter Fact Sheet
Sunday River Director of Communications
P.O. Box 4500
15 South Ridge Road
Newry, ME 04261
Sunday River website: sundayriver.com
General inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Media inquiries only: email@example.com
First Chair Blog: blog.sundayriver.com
Boyne Resorts: www.boyneresorts.com
Hours of Operation
9AM - 4PM weekdays
8AM - 4PM weekends and holidays*
Night Skiing (4PM - 8PM): Fridays, Saturdays, and select holiday periods.
*On weekends and holidays this winter, Gold Plus Passholders and First Tracks Breakfast participants will be able to get early access to the slopes.
Eight Mountain Peaks
Sunday River consists of 135 trails spread across eight interconnected mountain peaks: White Cap, Locke Mountain, Barker Mountain, Spruce Peak, North Peak, Aurora Peak, Oz, and Jordan Bowl.
Elevations & Vertical (Combined: Vertical drop: 2,340 feet (709 meters)
White Cap: Base 825 feet (252 meters); summit 2,425 feet (739 meters). Vertical drop: 1,600 feet (488 meters).
Locke Mountain: Base 1,165 feet (355 meters); summit 2,570 feet (783 meters). Vertical drop: 1,405 feet (428 meters).
Barker Mountain: Base 1,150 feet (351 meters); summit 2,540 feet (774 meters). Vertical drop: 1,390 feet (424 meters).
Spruce Peak: Base 1,480 feet (451 meters); summit 2,690 feet (820 meters). Vertical drop: 1,210 feet (369 meters).
North Peak: Base 1,168 feet (356 meters); summit 2,140 feet (652 meters). Vertical drop: 972 feet (296 meters)
Aurora Peak: Base 1,673 (510 meters); summit 2,765 feet (843 meters). Vertical drop: 1,092 feet (333 meters).
Oz: Base 2,110 feet (643 meters); summit 3,150 feet (960 meters). Vertical drop: 1,040 feet (317 meters).
Jordan Bowl: Base 1,750 feet (533 meters); summit 3,090 feet (942 meters). Vertical drop: 1,340 feet (408 meters).
Sunday River has 15 lifts. In total, there is one hybrid chairlift/gondola called the Chondola, four high-speed detachable quads, five fixed-grip quads, three triples, one double, and one surface lift for an uphill capacity of approximately 29,000 passengers per hour.
Sunday River averages over 167 inches (14 feet) of natural snowfall each year and has one of the most advanced, comprehensive snowmaking systems on the planet, covering 90 percent of the resort's non-gladed terrain. Sunday River owns and operates 2,000 snowguns with the capacity to pump 10,000 gallons of water each minute.
Boundary-to-Boundary Skiing & Snowboarding
Sunday River offers 870 acres of developed trails and glades, however, within the boundaries of the resort's ski area you'll find nearly 2,000 acres of terrain to explore. With boundary-to-boundary access, guests can ski anywhere within the boundary of the resort with the exception of trails or areas marked as closed.
It is important to note that although these boundary-to-boundary areas are open for skiing and riding, ski patrol does not maintain these areas, so it is recommended that you always ski with a friend. Parties requiring assistance will be charged for rescue costs; helmets are recommended. Accessing closed terrain - whether by ducking a rope or entering from adjacent areas - will result in loss of your lift ticket or season pass.
Sunday River includes five terrain parks for every level from beginner to advanced:
T72 is the resort's dedicated 15-acre super park. It features a jump line and jib park. Guests can access T72 using the Chondola and North Peak Express chairlifts. T72's Jib Park is a large rail garden located in the bottom section of the trail and features upwards of 25 features.
3D is a medium-sized park that features jumps in the upper section and a collection of jibs and jumps. Guests can access 3D using the Chondola and North Peak Express chairlifts
Named after the Warren Miller film, Flow State is a family-friendly boardercross trail located on the Rocking Chair trail on Barker Mountain. It is accessible via the Barker Mountain Express and the Locke Mountain Triple chairlifts.
Who-Ville is designed as a fun park perfect for children and families, complete with super small jump lines and beginner boxes. Who-Ville is located near the South Ridge base area and is accessed by the Chondola, the South Ridge Express, and the North Peak Express chairlifts. Lights line Who-Ville making it available during night skiing.
Wonderland is a start park, built with extra small snow features designed to help beginners dabble in terrain park safety. Wonderland is located near the South Ridge base area. Guests can use the Chondola and the South Ridge Express chairlifts for easiest access.
Barker Bar offers just the place to quench your thirst after a long day out on the slopes. Saddle up to the bar and have repeat Best of Bethel Bartender winner, Steve Nichols, pour you a tall one; you'll thank us for the recommendation. Located upstairs in the Barker Base Lodge, Barker Bar is home to a highly coveted mug club, toasty fireplace, and a prime deck seating area at the base of Sunday River's dedicated race trail Monday Mourning.
Inspired by the Maine tradition of escaping daily life with a trip to "camp," Sunday River's stylish, Camp restaurant highlights the best of Maine comfort food. Located in the Grand Summit Hotel, Camp serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Reservations are recommended for dinner on weekends and holiday weeks (207-824-5858).
Located in the South Ridge Lodge, Cho Sun is a Korean and Japanese extension of local favorite, Bethel-based Cho Sun. Specializing in noodle bowls, sushi, and sake, Cho Sun offers a healthy and filling alternative to typical mountain fare.
Cilantro Burrito Bar is located in the South Ridge Lodge. It offers comfort food with the ultimate convenience. Select from beef, chicken, pork, or vegetarian burritos with your choice of toppings, including their signature sauces and salsas.
The Foggy Goggle is located in South Ridge Lodge and boasts seven Best of Bethel Awards: Best Bar-Après Ski (2011, 2012, and 2013) and Best Nachos (2011, 2012, 2014, and 2016). With outside deck seating available, the Foggy Goggle features kid-friendly, all-American fare, including hand-crafted soups and chowder, traditional Maine lobster rolls, burgers, and salads. The Foggy's full bar, combined with live entertainment most weekend nights throughout the winter, means that the party continues well into the wee hours (207-824-5076).
Located in the Jordan Hotel, Grand Avenue offers a variety of entrees ranging from sirloin steak and cedar-planked salmon to a unique selection of mouthwatering burgers and vegetarian delights. Looking for a specialty beverage? Grand Ave has you covered with cocktails, premium draught beer, and exceptional wines. Located at the Jordan Hotel (207-824-5353).
Portland, Maine restaurateur Harding Lee Smith brings his Rooms restaurants to Sunday River with The Mountain Room. Sunday River's most popular on-mountain restaurant for small plates, craft brews, and signature drinks, is accessible on skis or on foot via the Chondola (lift ticket required).
For those guests looking to make their own meals or grab something quick to go, the Mountain Grocer offers pantry staples, as well as sandwiches and snacks to pack up and take with you (207-824-5066).
The perfect spot to grab a breakfast sandwich before heading out to the slopes or to warm up with a hot cup of soup for an easy lunch, Northern Lights Café is located in the Jordan Hotel and is open daily (207-824-5327).
Now under new management, the Shipyard Brew Haus will unveil a new menu and look in their space, while continuing to serve classic Shipyard beer. Shipyard Brew Haus is located in the White Cap Base Lodge (207-824-5138).
With sweeping views of Jordan Bowl, a sun deck, and great atmosphere, Sliders is one of the best lunch and dinner spots at Sunday River. Located in the Jordan Hotel, Sliders is known for its extensive menu of burgers, sandwiches, and salads (207-824-5300).
Located slopeside in Barker Basin, the Waffle Cabin offers authentic Belgian sugar waffles for skiers and snowboarders on the go. Conveniently located next to the Barker Mountain Express, you can pick up your treat as you head toward the lift.
Visit the Dining Guide for more details.
The Jordan Hotel is set in a spectacular mountain location right in the heart of Jordan Bowl, with direct access to the slopes. It is home to the relaxing and newly renovated Jordan Spa, as well as a number of other amenities like the fitness center, heated pool, and two outdoor hot tubs. Accommodations range from standard rooms and studios to three-bedroom suites. 800-543-2754
The Grand Summit Hotel combines the amenities of a full-service hotel with the convenience of a slopeside location. Accommodations range from standard rooms and studios to two-bedroom suites. The much-loved heated pool overlooking the slopes of White Cap and is a major hit with guests of all ages. 800-543-2754
The Snow Cap Inn offers standard rooms with two queen beds, as well as a limited number of dog-friendly rooms. This quiet, comfortable property features an outdoor hot tub and is located a short walk from South Ridge Base Lodge. 800-543-2754
See more about our resort lodging options.
Sunday River Real Estate
Located in the South Ridge Lodge and open 365 days a year, Sunday River Real Estate is the official real estate agency for Sunday River Resort and specializes in on- and off-mountain real estate at Sunday River and in the surrounding Bethel, Maine area. Learn more about Sunday River's many real estate opportunities including exclusive resort development at sundayriverliving.com or 207-824-5051.
Air: Portland International Jetport (PWM): Located 65 miles (104.6 kilometers) south of Sunday River via Interstate 95, Portland International Jetport (www.portlandjetport.org) offers numerous daily flights to and from most major U.S. cities, and connections to destinations around the world.
Ground Transportation: You'll find the majority of car rental agencies at the airport. Alternatively, call the Northeast Charter and Tour (888) 593-6328, Sunday River Stagecoach Shuttle Service (207) 357-5783, or Mountain Valley Taxi Service (207) 364-9900 for door-to-door transportation services.
Shuttle Service: Sunday River is served by two transportation systems: the on-mountain Resort Shuttle and Bethel's Mountain Explorer. Both are free services and link the mountain with lodging properties, activities, dining, shopping, and entertainment throughout the Newry and Bethel areas.
Shops, Rentals, and Demos
Sunday River's main rental shop is located in the South Ridge Lodge and offers an extensive product selection and inventory to accommodate both adults and children. The Children's Rental Shop is located adjacent to the South Ridge Lodge in the Perfect Turn Children's Center. Guests will find high-performance demos available out of Sunday River Sports, located in the South Ridge Lodge.
Sunday River features rental skis from Head, ski boots by Dalbello, and snowboards and boots from Burton. This extensive state-of-the-art product mix offers the snow sport participant of all skill levels the fit, comfort, and performance level he or she needs.
For a complete list of rental packages and prices, visit sundayriver.com or call 800-543-2754.
From learn-to lessons to refresher clinics, Sunday River's SnowSports School is a leader in teaching the skills necessary to have fun out on the slopes. Offering group and private clinics daily for all ages and all abilities, as well as a variety of seasonal programs, the SnowSports School offers something for everyone.
Adult programs include: Learn to Ski/Snowboard, MAX 4 First Experience, Group Clinics, Private Lessons, and Seasonal Programs (ages 13+).
Kids' programs include: Tiny Turns (ages 3-4), Mini Mogul Munchkins (ages 3-5), Mogul Munchkins (ages 6-7), Mogul Meisters (ages 8-12), MAX 5 First Experience (all ages), Private Clinics (all ages), Seasonal Programs (ages 3-17) and Gould Academy Competition Programs (ages 8 and older).
Someday Bigger Day Care
Sunday River offers on-site day care for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years, adjacent to the South Ridge Lodge. Full- and half-day child care is also available. Reservations are required in advance, as space is limited and for staffing purposes. Occasionally, walk-ins will be welcome if space is available, 207-824-5083.
Community Partners and Support:
Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation
Sunday River is proud to be the sponsor and home of Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation. This free adaptive sports program provides people with physical disabilities the opportunity to Alpine and Nordic ski, ride, and snowshoe in the winter and golf, paddle, and cycle in the summer.
Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation provides standard and adaptive ski, snowboard, and snowshoe equipment, warm winter clothing when needed, and specially trained volunteers to instruct adults and children with physical disabilities (ages 4 and up) so they can become independent snow sports enthusiasts. The organization provides over 1,800 free adaptive lessons every winter at Sunday River from early January through March, thanks to the help of nearly 400 volunteers. To learn more about Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation, visit maineadaptive.org or call 800-639-7770.
Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce
The Bethel, Maine area is a one-of-a-kind destination. Here you'll find top-notch outdoor recreation opportunities in all seasons. Hiking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, golf, and sightseeing await you in the summer. In winter, the Bethel area offers some of the best alpine skiing in the east at Sunday River, plus plenty of Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and a great après ski scene. All year round, Bethel offers lodging and dining for all tastes, and a small but wonderful and walkable downtown with everything you need. More information at bethelmaine.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday River is proud to partner with local Bethel, Maine private high school Gould Academy and host the Gould Academy Competition Program's slopeside training facility, the Kailey Competition Center, in the resort's Barker base area, as well as provide on-mountain training support for the program's full-time and weekend only competitive alpine, snowboarding, and frestyle/freeride teams. More information at gouldacademy.org and sundayriver.com.
The River Fund
In 2018, The River Fund was founded with the goal of creating educational and recreational opportunities and experiences that can truly change kids' lives. By opening new vistas, nurturing aspirations, and providing support for dreams, The River Fund focuses on bringing the all of us who live, work, and play here together to help youth unleash their potential. It's the strength of this community that can build a better future for youth. Proceeds from Sunday River's signature events such as Santa Sunday and the Eat the Heat Chili Cookoff, among others, benefit the River Fund. More information at riverfundmaine.org.