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This large ski resort near Bethel ME has great snow, and with seven mountain peaks, something for everyone.



Sunday River Ski Resort, 7 miles (11km) northwest of Bethel, Maine (map), and 71 miles (114 km) northwest of Portland, is a big, elaborate resort: 132 trails (43 Beginner, 47 Intermediate, 26 Expert, 16 Expert Only) on eight mountain peaks along a 3-mile (5-km) ridge, served by 16 ski lifts, five of them high-speed quads, one of them the first Chondola (high-speed 6-person chairlift + gondolas) in the Northeastern USA.

If you skied or rode all of Sunday River's trails, you'd ski/snowboard more than 50 miles (80 km)!

The vertical drop is 2340 feet (713 meters) from the mountain's summit of 3140 feet (957 meters).

The resort opens in early November, and skiing/snowboarding is good through the end of April.

Snowmaking is perhaps the best in all New England, so skiing is usually fine, whatever nature may have provided.

Beyond skiing, Sunday River has everything for everybody: geocaching, ziplines, kids' programs, ski and snowboard schools, equipment rentals, fireworks displays, mountaintop candlelight dinners, terrain parks, spas, cafeterias, restaurants, bars, and beds for 8000 people.

The resort itself has two grand hotels, the Grand Summit and Jordan Grand, with all facilities, including bars, restaurants and spas.

The Phoenix House and Well next to the South Ridge Lodge has several dining rooms for upscale and casual dining, live music, and a sports pub corner. The Foggy Goggle Bar at South Ridge Lodge is a favorite après-ski locale.

The nice old town of Bethel, with its hotels and inns, restaurants and services (supermarkets, pharmacies, etc.) is only a short drive south. Prime lodging here is the renowned 3-star, 49-room Bethel Inn Resort. A smaller, more intimate lodging is the 3-star, 7-room Austin's Holidae House Bed & Breakfast. More...

At Grafton Notch State Park, 17 miles (27 km) northwest of Sunday River, the Mahoosuc Guide Service organizes dogsledding expeditions on winter weekends to Umbagog Lake and other Maine woods destinations.

Here's Why I Like Sunday River, with tips on the best beginner and intermediate skier trails, and how to avoid the crowds. More...

Here's what you need to know about Getting to Sunday River, with driving tips, mileages and travel times. More...

For smaller, less active alternatives nearby, look at Mt Abram Ski Area and Black Mountain Ski Area.

Sunday River Ski Resort
Sunday River Road, P O Box 4500
Newry ME 04217 (map)
Tel: 800-543-2754, 207-824-3000
Fax: 207-824-5110

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Sunday River Ski Resort, Maine

Above, Sunday River Ski Resort, near Bethel ME, with Barker Mountain and Spruce Peak in the background.

Below, Lift No. 1, the Sunday River Express high-speed quad to the top of Barker Mountain.

High-speed quad ski lift at Sunday River Ski Resort, Maine

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