by Frank V. Persall
The Sunday River ski resort is a highly reputable skiing resort located in Maine, in the USA. The resort is famous for several reasons, but one of the most well-loved aspects of this resort is the excellent selection of mountain peaks here. However, many people are still unsure as to what the extent of Sunday River’s spread is, so how many mountain peaks does Sunday River Ski Resort cover?
Sunday River boasts some incredible skiing located across eight interconnected mountains. The area spans a whopping 870 acres giving skiers of all levels something to look forward to.
Of course, if you have never visited the world-renowned Sunday River, you will likely have a lot of questions. In this guide, we will be looking at the best attractions at this resort, covering each of the eight peaks.
Of all of the things that makes Sunday River an attractive ski resort, the terrain across eight interconnected peaks is one of the largest draws. This area boasts year-round snow with the peak season typically being between late October through into May. The conditions here are so perfect that the Sunday River resort has often been referred to as the ‘Disney World of New England’, according to VisitMaine.net
The area also boasts a vertical drop, various terrain parks, and an impressive 135 trails. But what is most excellent is that these trails are aimed at a variety of experience levels. Whether you are a total newbie or someone who has been skiing for decades, there will be a trail that will challenge you.
For beginners, there are 28 trails, yet, if you’ve got a little more experience, one of the 52 mid-level trails might appeal. For expert and pro skiers, there is a choice of 45 black diamond trails, so it isn’t difficult to see why Sunday River’s skiing is seen as some of the best on the East side of the USA. The Hard Ball trail and the Chutzpah trail are among some of the most challenging if you feel as though you want to push your limits and test your skills.
In addition to the eight peaks, there are four bases where skiers can enjoy a variety of activities. Since the area is so vast, it pays to think about what you would like to access before deciding on a base. While each of the bases are connected by ski lifts, there are reasons to opt for one over another.
For example, the Sunday River’s South Ridge is considered to be the epicenter of the resort and is ideal for people looking to rent ski equipment or take lessons. Even if you are visiting Sunday River as a spectator, the South Ridge makes a great base thanks to the Foggy Goggle where you can relax and enjoy stunning views across the mountain.
Moving away from South Ridge, we have the original base of Barker Mountain. This is great if you simply want to pay your ticket fees and get on with skiing. There isn’t as much here, but it does give you quick and hassle-free access to the slopes. There is also the Barker Lodge which is excellent again for spectators and those looking for an après-ski chill out.
Finally, you have the option of heading out to the Jordan Peak base of Sunday River which is a little less crowded than the popular South Ridge but does have a lovely après-ski area for lounging and enjoying the views.
If you are looking for a lengthy stay at Sunday River, then heading to the Grand Summit Hotel is, without a doubt, one of the best ways to enjoy what this resort has to offer. With more than 230 rooms and an array of amenities, the Grand Summit Hotel has something for everyone. There is a heated pool, views over the slopes, a health club, restaurants, a function room, and much more.
The eight peaks of Sunday River were first established back in 1958 when explorers first carved out the initial trails. Since then, the Sunday River resort has gone from strength to strength. Each of the eight peaks features its own personality and terrain, so, depending on what you are looking for, you might visit any of them.
Perhaps one of the most renowned peaks at Sunday River, White Cap boasts some seriously challenging trails like the White Heat. With diverse terrain and heaps of fresh snow, it’s no wonder that White Cap is one of the favorites. When you’re done, dinner at the Grand Summit Hotel is a must.
Locke Mountain is credited as being the area where the first trails at Sunday River were carved out so coming here gives you a feel for the advent of the resort. With two straight, steep racing trails, skiers here need to be ready to pick up the speed and enjoy the adventure.
The terrain on Barker Mountain is some of the most diverse at Sunday River, it is ideal for skiing in the spring but has a great winter reputation as well. The choice of activities here is vast with 15 trails and various laps, you won’t be left without something that takes your fancy.
Connecting you to some of the more westerly peaks in Sunday River, Spruce Peak offers a series of eight trails. Some of these are exceptionally steep and demand an adventurous skier. With stunning views and some of the greatest early morning snow of all the eight peaks at Sunday River, Spruce is a must-see.
The North Peak boasts some of the most varied trails with 20 in total. There are some great runs for family as well as a selection of terrain parks. The Sunday River superpipe is located here which is a major attraction for many skiers and to top it all off, you’ll get some of the best food and socializing the resort has to offer at the Peak Lodge
If you are looking for something a little more remote and away from the crowds then Aurora Peak might be right up your alley. Located behind Spruce, this unassuming mountain rises 2765’ into the sky and features 13 incredibly diverse trails. There’s a little bit of everything here and the Northern Lights trail comes highly recommended.
Not to be confused with the Wonderful Wizard, Oz is a rugged and natural peak with stunning views from the 3150’ summit. Advanced skiers will love the challenge of the 11 trails all with varied terrain. If you’re looking for something extra special why not give the Poppy Fields a try?
If you’re in this part of the world to see its natural beauty, there is nowhere quite like the Jordan Bowl at Sunday River ski resort. It features immaculate views far out to the west that includes the Presidential Range and Mt Washington. The area has 8 trails and is the largest peak at Sunday River so has a variety of excellent après-ski activities.
Sunday River is one of the most well-loved ski resorts in the North-East of the USA. With an incredible eight interconnected mountain peaks, the resort is home to a huge and diverse range of trails. Skiers of all levels will find something they love here and with a wealth of places to eat, drink, and enjoy the views, you won’t be left bored after the skiing is done for the day.
We know you’re probably eager to book your stay as soon as possible, but before you do, why not check out some of our top skiing tips and advice to ensure that you have everything you need for your trip.
About Frank V. Persall
Originally from the UK, Frank has a passion for skiing and anything snow related. He is currently on a never ending mission to visit the best ski resorts across the USA and the the World. Frank is happiest when he is on ski slopes with his wife and three children.