Sunday River Mountain Guide – Top Trails, Itineraries & Dining
Experience Sunday River like an insider. Find out where to ski with top trails and full day itineraries for intermediates and experts. We also show you where to eat on the mountain. Plus, check out the mountain stats.
Sunday's River's layout is ideal for beginners. With a dedicated learning area at South Ridge and Green routes from 6 of its 8 peaks, those just starting out are able to stick with their more experienced friends and family members without much difficulty. The most extensive snow making system in the east and an impressive fleet of groomers mean that conditions are nearly always favorable – especially on the gentler slopes.
With 36% of its terrain dubbed intermediate, Sunday River is packed with classic New England cruisers. Seven of the resort's eight peaks offer intermediate options. You could easily spend the entire day exploring blue runs and not ski the same one twice. Local favorites include Risky Business and American Express on Spruce Peak and Rogue Angel or Excalibur at Jordan Bowl.
Sunday River is an expert skier's paradise. Expert terrain is accessible from each of the resort's 8 peaks. From imposing headwalls to massive bumps to tight trees, you can find a challenge here. The resort's boundary-to-boundary policy allows skiers to explore the entire mountain and find hidden powder stashes long after the last storm has passed. As long as something is not explicitly roped off, it's fair game!
It's easy for groups of varying ability to stay together. A variety of terrain is available from each of the resorts 8 peaks
Conditions are reliable thanks to the most extensive snow-making capabilities in New England
On Mountain Dining Recommendations
Sunday River prides itself on its guest experience, making it no surprise that there are plenty (18 in total) of tasty options to keep you fueled up for a day on the slopes. South Ridge lodge has a number of options for quick eats, while several sit-down choices across the mountain combine ski-in-ski-out convenience with a more substantial meal. Here are our favorites:
Conveniently located slope side off of Lollapalooza in Jordan Bowl, Sliders has consistently been named "Best Lunch Spot" in the annual "Best of Bethel" awards. Load up on classic pub favorites and Maine-inspired specials (the blueberry bacon grilled cheese is a must-have) before heading back down to the Jordan Lift and continue shredding.
Cilantro Burrito Bar
For a quick and satisfying stop to refuel, Cilantro features made-to-order burritos and bowls crafted with fresh, local ingredients. Located across from the South Ridge food court, this might be the best-kept-secret in the base area. Wash one down with an ice cold beer or a freshly mixed margarita and your taste buds will be happy.
For tapas, craft cocktails and local Maine beer, don't miss Mountain Room, located in the mid-mountain Peak Lodge. The chef, Harding Lee Smith, is renowned in Portland for his imaginative cuisine and his mountain outpost will not disappoint. New for the 2019-2020 season, the First Tracks Breakfast provides skiers access to the slopes an hour early followed by a gourmet breakfast at the Mountain Room.
Sunday River Stats
Size / Elevation
Peak: 3,140 ft | 957m
Vertical Drop: 2,340 ft | 713m
Base: 800 ft | 244m
Total Area: 870 acres | 3.5 sq km
Mountain Range: Mahoosuc Range
135 Trails & Glades
5 Terrain Parks
South Ridge (main base)
Barker Lodge (advanced/competition access)
On Mountain Dining
18 on mountain / base area options (see our guide)
Uphill Capacity: 32,900 ppl / hr
18 Total Lifts
4 High Speed Quads
4 Surface Lifts
1 Minimum lift to access peak from base