Sunday River

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​•    131 trails
•    49.8 miles of trails
•    667.7 skiable acres
•    1 Superpipe, 4 terrain parks
•    16 chair lifts
•    3,140ft summit elevation
•    155 inches annual snowfall

Sunday River is considered big skiing for Maine. The Resort’s 132 runs are mostly long, steep, and groomed, and are spread out across eight interconnected mountain peaks that each offer a different skiing experience. WhiteCap offers some of the most challenging terrain and the legendary mogul run, White Heat. The OZ is a unique bowl with advanced black and double black terrain and open runs. Since backcountry options are limited, the natural features at the OZ provide an excellent alternative. Barker Mountain offers a variety of terrain from beginner cruisers to aggressive black diamonds. Locke Mountain has narrow and fast blue trails and is home of the superpipe and terrain park. Spruce Peak consists of short, steep, bump runs and long beginner runs. North Peak provides various beginner and intermediate runs. Aurora services a mix of intermediate and black diamond runs, including celestial one of the best glades on the mountain. And Jordan Bowl is home to a solid mixture of runs - from challenging glades to beginner slopes - and the best scenery on the mountain.

With only about 155 annual inches of snow (a relatively low snowfall) icier conditions seem to persist this Resort. But when the snow is fresh and deep, visitors pour in from not only Boston, but from most other New England cities as well. With eight peaks, beating the crowds is relatively easy here. Coupled with the breathtaking views from the summit (especially on a clear day), it’s pretty easy to accept and get used to any lack of snow.

Overall, the skiers and visitors of Sunday River are a diverse crowd looking for everything from terrain parks, to bump runs, to groomed runs, and even extreme runs and challenging terrain. Though mostly from the NE, they are welcoming to anyone that appreciates what makes their mountain special.

Once off the mountain, dining options and shops are limited. But there is one fine dining experience that seems to make up for the lack of choices. A chondola ride will bring you to the North Peak Lodge where, upon arrival you are served hors d’oeuvres and complementary champagne before being whisked away into the dining area. Here you will have an incredible view of the Sunday River slopes through the restaurant’s large glass windows. It really shouldn’t be missed.

Another option for dining and après ski is to take the trolley to Bethel. There you can enjoy everything form sushi and fine dining, to classic American food and pizzerias. Be advised, if you are between the ages of 21 and 35, Bethel has a very limited nightlife and the majority of destinations close early each night. Sunday River skiers are really there for one reason only – skiing.

*all photos courtesy of Sunday River
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​Driving Directions

From Bethel, ME:  Follow Rt. 2 East for 2.6 miles. Take a left onto Sunday River Road, marked by the large Sunday River Brewery (big building with red roof). Follow Sunday River Road to a fork with a "Sunday River Ski Resort" sign. Fork left and follow signs for the Grand Summit Hotel, base lodges, and amenities (1 mile). Fork right and follow signs for the Jordan Grand Resort Hotel (5 miles).

From Portland Jetport / Portland, ME: 
Exit the Jetport and follow signs to I-95, the Main Turnpike. Take I-95 North to Exit 63 / Gray for Route 26. Take Route 26 North to Bethel. Refer to Bethel directions above.

From Bangor, ME:  Take I-95 South to Exit 157/ Newport for Route 2. Follow Route 2 West to Sunday River Road, marked by the large Sunday River Brewery (big building with red roof), a few miles before reaching Bethel. Follow directions above.

From Manchester, NH:  Take I-93 North to Exit 35 / Twin Mountain for Route 3. Take Route 3 North to Route 115 North. At the end of Route 115, go right on Route 2 East all the way to Bethel. Refer to Bethel directions above.

From North Conway, NH:  Take Route 16 North to the intersection with Route 2 in Gorhan, NH. Take Route 2 East all the way to Bethel. Refer to Bethel directions above.

From Portsmouth, NH:  Take I-95 North into Maine. Follow I-95 / Maine Turnpike to Exit 63 / Gray for Route 26. Take Route 26 North to Bethel. Refer to Bethel directions above.

From Concord, NH:  Take I-93 North to Exit 35 / Twin Mountain for Route 3. Take Route 3 North to Route 115 North. At the end of Route 115, go right on Route 2 East all the way to Bethel. Refer to Bethel directions above.

From Boston, MA:  Take I-95 North into Maine. Follow I-95 / Maine Turnpike to Exit 63 / Gray for Route 26. Take Route 26 North to Bethel. Refer to Bethel directions above.

From Logan International Airport take Route 60 North to Route 1 North to I-95 North and follow directions above.


From Worcester, MA:  Take Route 290 North to Route 495 North, then follow Route 495 to I-95. Take I-95 North into Maine. Follow I-95 / Maine Turnpike to Exit 63 / Gray for Route 26. Take Route 26 North to Bethel. Refer to Bethel directions above.

From Springfield, MA / Western Massachusetts:  Take Mass Pike / I-90 East to Exit 10 / Auburn. Take Route 290 North to Route 495 North, then follow Route 495 to I-95. Take I-95 North into Maine. Follow I-95 / Maine Turnpike to Exit 63 / Gray for Route 26. Take Route 26 North to Bethel. Refer to Bethel directions above.

From Providence, RI:  Take I-95 North into Maine. Follow I-95 / Maine Turnpike to Exit 63 / Gray for Route 26. Take Route 26 North to Bethel. Refer to Bethel directions above.

From Hartford, CT:  Take I-84 East to the Mass Pike / I-90. Take Mass Pike / I-90 East to Exit 10 / Auburn. Take Route 290 North to Route 495 North, then follow Route 495 to I-95. Take I-95 North into Maine. Follow I-95 / Maine Turnpike to Exit 63 / Gray for Route 26. Take Route 26 North to Bethel. Refer to Bethel directions above.

From New York City:  Take I-84 East to the Mass Pike / I-90. Take Mass Pike / I-90 East to Exit 10 / Auburn. Take Route 290 North to Route 495 North, then follow Route 495 to I-95. Take I-95 North into Maine. Follow I-95 / Maine Turnpike to Exit 63 / Gray for Route 26. Take Route 26 North to Bethel. Refer to Bethel directions above.

From Upstate New York: 
New York Thruway / I-90 East to Mass Pike / I-90. Take Mass Pike / I-90 East to Exit 10 / Auburn. Take Route 290 North to Route 495 North, then follow Route 495 to I-95. Take I-95 North into Maine. Follow I-95 / Maine Turnpike to Exit 63 / Gray for Route 26. Take Route 26 North to Bethel. Refer to Bethel directions above.

From Philadelphia, PA:  Take I-95 North into Maine. Follow I-95 / Maine Turnpike to Exit 63 / Gray for Route 26. Take Route 26 North to Bethel. Refer to Bethel directions above.