Sunday River Ski Resort, Maine

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Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Sunday River Ski Resort is located in the small town of Newry where the population tends to grow once the snow begins to fall. Bethel located adjacent to Newry is the larger […]

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Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Sunday River Ski Resort is located in the small town of Newry where the population tends to grow once the snow begins to fall. Bethel located adjacent to Newry is the larger of the two towns and offers many amenities for visitors to the region any time of the year. Sunday River Ski Resort was the vision of Howard Cole who led the Bethel Area Development Corporation and wanted to bring winter recreation to this lovely countryside. After experiencing several delays, Sunday River Skiway opened to the public on Dec 19, 1959, with a T-Bar and Rope Tow and three runs on Barker Mountain. As the ski area gained popularity and the number of skier visits continued to increase, it was time to expand. So in the fourth season, the ski area added additional trails and another T-Bar. It was not until the 1971-1972 ski season that the Sunday River Ski Resort installed its first chairlift. Over the years, Sunday River Ski Resort continued to gain interest from both the local community and the entire country, and in 1980 the resort was purchased by Les Otten (former CEO of American Ski Corporation). Over the next 15 years, under his ownership, the resort expanded with the addition of new trails, zones, and chairlifts, as well as, skiable terrain on eight interconnected mountains that each offer a different terrain experience. The eight peaks of Sunday River include White Cap Mountain, Locke Mountain, Barker Mountain, Spruce Peak, North Peak, Aurora Peak, OZ and Jordan Bowl. Sunday River Ski Resort is known as a four-season resort that prides itself on providing a great family experience and rivals any area in the east. Its reputation has reached the world’s stage as it is continually featured in many ski and snowboard magazines. Best advice from the author for Escape2ski is to set aside some time for yourself to experience the beauty and diversity of Sunday River Ski Resort.

On the Slopes

  • Sunday River Ski Resort features terrain that is suitable for all ability levels. Even as a beginner or intermediate you can enjoy runs on the eight mountain peaks. Night skiing is an option on Friday, Saturday and select holidays from 4 pm to 8 pm on a limited number of trails. Sunday River and the qualified snowmakers are well prepared to tackle Mother Nature with over 2000 Snow Guns.
  • The terrain park experience certainly rivals any of its peers within the industry. The six Terrain Parks, which includes Flow State, a family Boarder Cross course in the Barker Basin and a Super Pipe will more than get and keep your adrenaline flowing. Jumps, Rails, Boxes, and Jibs are there, the only thing missing is you.
  • There is a dedicated team of snow sports instructors working at the Sunday River Perfect Turn Ski, and Snowboard School who are ready help you strengthen your skills. Call 207-824-5959 for more info on skiing, snowboarding, Telemark and race training lessons and programs. Private Clinics for all ages, Adult Programs and learn to ski, and snowboard programs are just some of the offerings available at Sunday River.
  • Someday Bigger Daycare, is available to parents who want to enjoy a quality ski or snowboard experience on the slopes without the distraction of their children. The Day Care can accommodate children from six weeks to six years and offer arts and crafts, story time, group time and rest time. Call for reservations or inquiries at 207-824-5083.
  • Sunday River Sports is a great place to see the latest ski and snowboard equipment, logo apparel, plus it offers a comprehensive boot fitting service. There is a Main Store located in the South Ridge Lodge for small amenities and other items. You’ll also find fine dining, as well as more causal options all over the mountain at places like the Foggy Google, the Mountain Room, and Camp, which is home to great comfort food.

Off the Slopes

  • Sunday River Ski Resort has a great selection of on-mountain lodging options for those who want to wake-up at the slopes. The resort features over 1200 rooms in such places as the Jordan Grand, the Grand Summit Resort Hotel, and Slope-side condos.
  • Sunday River Ski Resort offers some fun activities to experience away from the slopes. You can enjoy the thrill of Snow Tubing, great for the entire family and a unique feature, Kids’ Night Out for ages 5 to 12 on Saturday evening throughout the ski season and on Wednesday during vacation weeks.
  • If staying at Sunday River Ski Resort is not an option or if you are looking for a more central location to enjoy other activities, the town of Bethel is a great place to call home while visiting the area. It has lodging options such as the Bethel Inn Resort, Bethel Village Motel, Norseman Motel and more. There is also a great selection of dining and shopping options in and around Bethel, Maine.
  • The town of Bethel and the surrounding area also offer a great list of activities to enjoy away from the mountain. Sleigh Rides, Snowmobiling, Ice Fishing, Fat Biking and Snowshoe Trails are popular winter fun. Also, the Bethel Nordic Center located at the Bethel Inn Resort and Carter’s Nordic Center offers fun on groomed trails while spending time in the outdoors.
  • Sunday River Ski Resort operates a scheduled Resort Shuttle service that runs from the various base areas, parking lots and lodging properties with the South Ridge Base Area being the hub of the operation. Service is FREE. Use the Helpful Links section below for more information.
  • Mountain Explorer operates a transportation service between the Town of Bethel, Maine, and the Sunday River Resort. Service is FREE for all. Use the Helpful Links section below to get more details.
  • The Sunday River Stagecoach Shuttle offers convenient airport transportation to Sunday River Ski Resort and the local surrounding area. Call 207-357-5783 for more information.

On the Slopes

Off the Slopes

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Mountain Information

Current Status: Closed

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
2340 ft / 713 m

Base Elevation:
800 ft / 244 m

Summit Elevation:
3140 ft / 957 m

Skiable Area:
870 acres

Average Snowfall:
167 in / 424 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 135

Beginner: 41 (30%)

Intermediate: 48 (36%)

Advanced: 24 (18%)

Expert: 22 (16%)

Terrain Parks & Pipes: 7

Snow Cross: Yes

Super Pipe: Yes

Half Pipe: Yes

Jib Park: Yes


Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: No

Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes

Childcare: Yes

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Portland ME, 76mi / 123km

Nearest Major City:
Portland ME, 79mi / 127km

Nearest Town/City:
Bethel ME, 7mi / 11km

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Nov 17 to Apr 29

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Open Days: Open Daily

Hours of Operation:
Weekdays 9:00am to 4:00pm : Sat-Sun & Holidays 8:00am to 4:00pm : Night Skiing Fri-Sat & select Holidays 4:00pm to 8:00pm : Hours maybe subject to change.

Night Skiing: Select Nights

Lift Ticket Prices

Lift Information

Total Lifts: 15

Chondolas: 1

Express Quad Chairs: 4

Quad Chairs: 5

Triple Chairs: 3

Double Chairs: 1

Surface Lifts: 1


Mountainside: Yes

Within 20mi / 33km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

What our Convenience Rankings™ mean

Portland Intl Jetport  (PWM)
Distance: 76 mi / 123 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Bangor Intl Airport  (BGR)
Distance: 136 mi / 219 km
Ranking: Least Convenient

Boston Logan Intl Airport  (BOS)
Distance: 179 mi / 123 km
Ranking: Least Convenient

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-800-543-2754

Direct Phone: 207-824-3000

Snow Phone: 207-824-5200

Helpful Links

Official Ski Resort Site

Mountainside Lodging

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site

Local Transit Service

Local Transit Map

Ski Resort Shuttle

Airport Transportation

Resort Shuttle Map

More Helpful Links

Resort Map

Bus Trip Schedules