Checking in & Getting Started
Super easy surface lifts are a great way to get up the hill. You just stand on the carpet and enjoy the gentle ride. Make sure to shuffle away from the off-load area once you reach the top.
Fixed Grip Lifts
At Sunday River, these can be found with 2-, 3-, or 4-person chair capacities. These lifts move at a relatively constant speed and are only slowed down on occasionally. Loading fixed grip chairlifts requires more attention and practice than a detachable chairlift as they move at higher speeds in the loading zone.
Detachable High-Speed Lifts
At Sunday River these can be found with 4-person or 6-person chair. These chairlifts operate at very low speed in the load and unload zones, and high speeds between the bottom and top. This design makes them easier to load and reduces ride time when compared to fixed grip chairlifts. These are the best for a beginner’s first ride.
At Sunday River our Chondola lift offers guests the options to ride on the chair or inside a gondola cabin. To load the cabin, you will take your skis off and place them in a rack on the outside of the cabin. Take your poles inside the cabin with you. If it’s snowing or windy, chose the cabin over the chair.
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Chairlift Riding Tips:
- Skiers need to take the pole straps off their wrists. Snowboarders need to on strap one foot.
- The person on the outside of the chair should hold their poles in their inside hand. The middle people or person may hold their poles in either hand. The person on the outside of the chair should look over their outside shoulder and grab the chair as it approaches. Those in the middle should grab the back of chair as it approaches. Sit down as the chair reaches you.
- Once the chair has left the platform, lower the safety bar. Do not bounce, swing or click your skis together during the ride. Take care not to drop gloves, poles or litter. Should you lose something, note the number of the next tower for orientation.
- When getting off, you will see the sign warning of unload area, open the safety bar. Raise the tips of your skis or board so they don't catch as you approach the platform. As your skis or board touch the snow, stand up and push yourself off the chair with your free hand.
- Move quickly away from moving chair and keep unloading area clear. Brake once you are well clear of your companions.
- Sunday River uses names and numbers to distinguish our lifts. Beginners should look for the Surface Lifts, numbers 16, 17 and 18, and the South Ridge Express, number 2. Check out the Sunday River trail map for a full list of lift names and numbers.
Trail Markings and Signage
Green Circle: Easiest/Beginner Terrain
Blue Square: More Difficult/Intermediate Terrain
Black Diamond: Difficult/Advanced Terrain
Double Black Diamond: Most Difficult/Expert Terrain
Be sure to check out the trails marked on the Sunday River trail map. The colored symbols next to the trails indicate the difficulty of the trail.
You will also find them on posted signs on the mountain. On your first day, you'll be wanting to look for the green run. You'll find the easiest green runs at South Ridge.
Insider's tip: Dream Maker is a green trail but it's definitely not a green to attempt on your first day. Make sure you can confidently ski Lower Escapade before heading to Dream Maker.
Before you ride a lift, make sure the trail symbols off of that lift fit your ability. If you have any questions or need directions, talk to a lift attendant or another Sunday River Team Member. If you find yourself on a slope that exceeds your ability level don't be afraid to ask for help, call Ski Patrol at 207-824-5350.