Sunday River’s Five-Year Vision Highlights Future Enhancements
More snowmaking, additional skiable terrain, a new spa center, a dedicated terrain park trail, a redefined ski school experience, real estate opportunities, and additional resort amenities are among those enhancements listed in Sunday River Resort’s newly updated five-year vision available to view online at sundayriver.com.
Released this past spring, Sunday River’s Vision highlights how the resort has grown since joining the Boyne Resorts family back in 2007, and defines those areas in which the resort intends to build upon or improve in the next five years.
To date, Sunday River has benefited from over $30 million in capital enhancements, including a new Chondola lift, night skiing, snowmaking upgrades, hotel enhancements, and resort activities, including geocaching, Zipline Tours, and Twin Zips.
New this winter, guests will benefit from nearly $2.7 million in capital enhancements including $1 million toward the purchase of 300 additional energy efficient snow guns. These new guns will be placed on 15 of the resort’s most popular trails and help Sunday River open more terrain at an even faster rate.
This added snowmaking horsepower will help Sunday River provide better ski-in/ski-out access to the resort’s Grand Summit Resort Hotel and other slopeside properties, as well as better snow coverage for its dedicated competitive training areas, including the Monday Mourning trail.
In the next five years, Sunday River will continue to invest in its snowmaking infrastructure with the goal to increase its pumping capability and double its water capacity all while significantly reducing energy consumption. Each winter, Sunday River spends approximately $2.5 million to produce man-made snow and last winter made snow a total of 106 days.
Sunday River Resort launched a new online program today, selling single- and multi-day lift tickets for the 2012-13 winter season with savings up to 35 percent below this year’s window rates available at the resort. This new online storefront rewards skiers and snowboarders who pre-purchase their lift tickets at least 24 hours in advance. The sooner a guest purchases their lift ticket for any day of the winter season, the more they’ll save. For more information on Sunday River’s online lift ticket program, or to purchase lift tickets in advance, visit: http://www.sundayriver.com/TicketsPasses/Lift_Tickets.html or sundayriver.com.
For the 13th year in a row, Sunday River Resort is inviting 250 pre-registered skiers and snowboarders to hit the slopes in full holiday attire to celebrate Santa Sunday on December 2, 2012. This annual event raises money for the Bethel Rotary Club’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive.
“This is a hugely popular event,” Dana Bullen, Resort President for Sunday River, says. “It’s visually stunning to watch all those Santas skiing and snowboarding down the mountain and it puts everyone in the holiday spirit—all for a great cause.” Registration for this popular event will take place in late November on the resort’s website, www.sundayriver.com.
Spanning across eight interconnected mountains, Sunday River Resort provides the perfect winter setting for family fun, from kid-friendly on-slope adventure trails to easily accessible Twin Zips and from Eddy the Yeti’s new house to live entertainment appropriate for children of all ages. For little rippers who want to tackle some off-trail skiing and snowboarding, Sunday River is designing a Kid’s Adventure Trail. Almost a mile in length, the Kid’s Adventure Trail will start near the mid-mountain Peak Lodge on North Peak and travel down to the South Ridge base area, becoming part of the resort’s winter and summer activities.
In the winter, kids can schuss down the trail and take advantage of fun stops along the way including Eddy the Yeti’s new log home and the resort’s Twin Zips. Come summer, educational signage will be added to the trail so families on foot can learn about the flora and fauna around them as they hike together or look for treasures while geocaching.
Part of Sunday River’s “Camp Sunday,” the Kid’s Adventure Trail moves the resort closer to its five-year plan to develop the resort’s 10,000-acre footprint with more family-friendly year-round activities.
Address: Sunday River Road, Newry
Opens for the season: November 6
Number & type of trails: 132; 43 beginner, 47 intermediate, 42 advanced
Vertical drop: 2340 feet
Snowmaking: Yes, 92 percent of terrain
Amenities: Night skiing, 4 terrain parks, superpipe, minipipe, zipline, tubing, ice skating, Outdoor Center with cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling, eight different dining options including restaurants, pubs and cafes, Jordan Spa, Summit Health Club
Lifts: 16 including 5 quad chairs, 3 triple chairs, 1 double chair, 1 handle tow, 1 carpet, 4 detachable quads, 1 chondola
Ticket prices: Full day $80 adult, $68 teen (13-18) , $55 junior (6-12)/senior
Specials: Frequent Skier Card ( $97) comes preloaded with one free lift ticket to use any time this season as well as everyday discounts of $25 off of midweek lift tickets and $15 off on weekends and holidays.
Signature events: 12th Annual Santa Sunday Dec. 4; Children’s Festival Week Jan. 9-13; Annual Maine Telemark Festival Feb. 4; 27th Annual Maine Handicapped Skiing Ski-A-Thon March 24
Did you know?
This is the fifth straight year that Sunday River has opened on or before Halloween.