- The layout of the mountain with a trail network spanning 8 peaks spreads the skiers out over a distance of 126 miles of trails. Typically Maine mountains don't attract the same crowds as their Vermont counterparts; however, slopes are busy Saturday mornings between 10-12 with popular sections being Barker Mountain and Spruce Peak / South Ridge. The longest run is 3 miles. Expert runs comprise 15%, advanced runs 23%, intermediate runs 36% and beginner runs 26%. Lift capacity is 32,000. There is no night skiing, yet the slopes open to night tubing. The snowmaking coverage is 92% with an annual snowfall of 155 inches.
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Sunday River Ski Resort
Recreation - When the lifts stop turning, Sunday River turns up the heat. A lighted tubing park, ice skating under the stars, fireworks and mouthwatering restaurant fare; there's no end to what you and your family can experience at Sunday River. Traditional parties abound in addition to events like Bust n' Burn to world-class competitions such as the X-nix U.S. Snowboard Championships and the Sprint U.S. Freestyle Grand National, a stop on the FIS World Cup tour. Other scheduled events include Thanksgiving Day Feast, Demo Days, Christmas Specials, New Year's Eve Parties, College Days, Handicapped Ski-A-Thon, Chili Night and much more.
Climate - The Western Maine Mountains Region, known for its spectacular four seasons, sees average daytime winter temperatures ranging 10 - 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 to -10 Celsius) in the northern area and an average of 14 -18 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -8 Celsius) in the southern area. Summer unfolds for outdoors enthusiasts with temperatures in the northern area averaging 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19 Celsius) and in the southern area averaging 68 (20 Celsius). Western Maine Mountains Region experiences a wide range of precipitation. From north to south, the area receives an average of less than 38 inches (97 centimeters) to more than 44 inches of precipitation each year. Summer rainfall averages 3 - 5 inches per month.
Sunday River Ski Resort is located in western Maine a few miles north of Bethel. Take US 2 / SR 5 north from Bethel and follow directional signs to the town of Newry. The resort is 75 miles from Portland and 180 miles from Boston.