Sunday River Resort Offers Most Open Early-Season Alpine Terrain in New England

By AlpineZone News |
Dec 11 2012 - 11:06 AM

200 acres and 44 trails currently open with more expected for the weekend

Newry, Maine (December 10, 2012)—For the second year in a row leading into the holidays, Sunday River Resort has the most open early-season terrain in New England. Based on current slope conditions and a weather forecast calling for continued snowmaking temperatures throughout this week, Sunday River Resort also expects to be open across all eight mountain peaks in time for the Christmas holiday.

“It’s a very big deal,” Nick Lambert, VP of Sales and Marketing for Sunday River, says. “Guests want to know what to expect before they book their holiday vacations, and we’re taking these questions out of the equation. As of this morning, we have 200 acres of skiable terrain open and almost twice as many trails as most other resorts in New England.”

Last winter, Sunday River went into Christmas vacation week with the most open terrain in New England, as well, thanks to its ability to make snow in marginal temperatures and the wherewithal to turn on its guns.

“Other resorts may tout having the best or most extensive snowmaking,” Lambert says. “But, when you get down to it, you have the flip the switch and actually use it.”

This year, the resort has made even more snow, on more days, since opening back on November 6, 2012, thanks to favorable temperatures and the recent purchase of 300 new low-energy snowguns.

Just today, the resort opened its Lights Out, Aludra, and Sirius trails, which extend onto its Aurora Peak. By the weekend, the resort expects to open more terrain on Aurora and offer ski-out access from the Jordan Grand Hotel. The resort’s other flagship hotel, the Grand Summit Hotel, is already ski-in/ski-out.

Home to 132 trails across eight interconnected mountain peaks, Sunday River still has available Christmas and New Year’s Eve vacation packages starting at $139 per person, per night for lift tickets, slopeside lodging, and lessons.

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About Sunday River—Sunday River is located minutes from picturesque Bethel Village in western Maine’s Mahoosuc Mountains. A true four-season destination, the Sunday River offers eight interconnected peaks of world class skiing and snowboarding, two Grand Resort Hotels and golf at the acclaimed Sunday River Golf Club. Sunday River is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.