Spending Time at Sunday River

MaineSunday River ski resort is spread over eight magnificent interconnected peaks in western Maine, just 120 kilometers from Portland. Skiers can enjoy peace of mind knowing there will always be a reliable cover of snow, as Sunday River is home to the largest snow making operations in the US.

Sunday River sits adjacent to the village of Bethel, a quintessential New England town of Victorian elegance. The resort itself stretches five kilometers from east to west and comes complete with conference and childcare facilities, a professional ski school, first-aid, and a number of ski-in/ski-out restaurants, cafes and bars.

There are a total of 128 trails covering a distance of 77 kilometers with the longest run measured at 4.8 kilometers. Snowmaking covers 92% of the 268 hectares of skiable terrain which is serviced by 18 lifts. Twenty-five per cent of the runs are rated easy, 35% are intermediate, 23% are difficult, and 17% are for experts only. There are 120 kilometers of cross-country trails, and a terrain park on each peak.

Sunday River offers a diverse range of slope-side lodging options to suit every budget with each mountain connected by free shuttles. Numerous restaurants, bars, cafes and lounges are located on the slope-side, while many more can be found in Bethel. A night-time half-pipe/skating/entertainment center is popular among younger folk.

The quaint village of Bethel makes for an interesting day’s exploring; it is dotted with Victorian-era houses, tall church steeples, craft and antique shops, and museums. A large section of the village center is in the National Historic Register. Mount Abram ski resort is a perennial favorite among families.

The ski season starts in early November and ends will into early May, with the first and last couple of weeks of the season being the cheapest times to visit. Portland International Jetport offers daily flights to Boston International Airport which services flights to and from most major North American destinations as well as direct flights to and from Europe.