Sugaring House

Celebrating our Maine roots

The Sunday River Sugaring House was created to continue the Maine tradition of making maple syrup in springtime. The Sugaring House is located on the lower slopes of South Ridge, accessible on skis along the Broadway trail or by foot a short distance from South Ridge Lodge. We offer tours and demonstrations, as well as free candy and syrup samples on weekends during the sugaring season.

  • Sugaring season typically begins in February and runs through April. At Sunday River, the season starts mid-to late March.

  • Maple syrup is made from the sap of maple trees. The maple sap begins to flow once temperatures reach 40° during the day and 32° night. If temperatures are optimal, the Sugaring House will be closed so that we can gather more than 100 pails of sap.

  • Once we have enough sap, Sunday River boils the sticky stuff down in the Sugaring House into syrup. When you see steam coming from the chimney, the maple syrup production is at its peak and the Sugaring House is open for tastings.

  • The resort stores more than 2,300 gallons of sap. From that, it takes 40 to 50 gallons of boiled sap to produce one gallon of maple syrup.

  • Yes! Sunday River Maple Syrup is sold at Sunday River Sports in the South Ridge Lodge and the hotels.