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.
 

Terrain Overviews

Beginner

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.

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Intermediate

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.

Advanced/Expert

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:

Sliders

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. 

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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.

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Mountain Room

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.

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Terrain Mix
 

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

Terrain Overview

​Mountain Range: Mahoosuc Range

  • 135 Trails & Glades   

  • 5 Terrain Parks

Peaks
  • 8 peaks 

Highest Peaks​

  • Oz

  • Aurora 

  • Spruce Peak

Bases
  • South Ridge (main base)

  • Barker Lodge (advanced/competition access)

  • Whitecap Lodge 

On Mountain Dining

  • 18 on mountain / base area options (see our guide)

Lift Stats

Uphill Capacity: 32,900 ppl / hr

18 Total Lifts

  • 1 "Chondola"

  • 4 High Speed Quads

  • 5 Quads

  • 3 Triples

  • 1 Doubles

  • 4 Surface Lifts

  • 1 Minimum lift to access peak from base

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