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“SR still kicking Killington's butt”

Sunday River Ski Resort
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Bethel
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Owner description: Large resort complex for downhill skiing.
Madison, Connecticut
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79 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“SR still kicking Killington's butt”
Reviewed April 9, 2012

Now that I live in Connecticut I can't ski in Maine often, but this year we made the drive because the clowns that now own Killington have no desire to accomodate late season skiers. Yes it was a tough year but Sunday River made the best of it while Killington went into full retreat.

Visited April 2012
1 Thank Jim_B_10
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Plymouth, MA
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96 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Great skiing and a good hotel”
Reviewed April 6, 2012

Well groomed trails and a clean, comfortable hotel with all amenities make for a great vacation location. Friendly staff make the spa and exercise area fun and the heated outside pools and hot tub allow for swimming while snow flakes fall on your head. Shuttle buses take you to the town or to all the lodges, but ski-out is availalbe, weather permitting, from the two resort hotels.

Visited April 2012
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Naples, ME
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19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Excellent trails.”
Reviewed April 2, 2012

Nice variety of trails. Easy to difficult. Great snowmaking equipment. A fun place and usually crowded.

Thank Sandy L
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Suffolk, Virginia
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Sunday River Skiing”
Reviewed March 30, 2012

I loved it. The newly expanded terrain made the trip worth it. I had an excellent time and the help was very nice to me.

Visited February 2012
Thank snnoopy
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Boston, Massachusetts
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53 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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“Best East Coast Ski Resort for Snowboarders”
Reviewed March 30, 2012

I have been here a few times over the past few years, along with a few other large resorts in the NE. I feel this is the best resort for snowboarders because of the wide trails.

I agree with others that the resort is a bit spread out but this keeps people towards the middle of the resort. When you want to escape the crowds, you have many places to go, either left towards White Cap or right towards Jordan Peak. Oz and Aurora are my favorites since not many people who venture out that far go down these harder slopes. Many stay on the blue and green level terrain.

Despite the spread out peaks, it is possible to go from the main base lodge out to white cap and then back over to Jordan within one day. You have to plan carefully since you can get lost easily and miss your next lift to another peak. I generally just stay on a few different slopes since it is tiring trying to transverse the 8 peaks all in one day.

I love this resort because they have many trails at all levels. They have a good number of groomed black diamonds for the snowboarders, and many blue square trails across many peaks, so you can ski/ride down many different trails. They also have a good number of mogul trails, which i dont care for, but some skiers might enjoy them. This resort, jay peak, and killington have a very steep groomed trail, which i love. White heat is very steep and wide, but if you get out there in the mid morning when some skiers already have carved moguls on the trails, it might be hard to pick a flat section to ride down.

There are a few base stations littered across the different mountains. There is the main lodge at the base of the gondola, one on top of North peak, one at the base of barker and on the side of the easy cruiser trail in Jordan. I would recommend making your way over to Jordan and having a meal out there since it is less crowded. The main place to eat is at the restaurant, but they have a limited selection of food at the food stand in the Jordan base camp. This time around, i wanted to sit down and have a quiet meal, instead of having to be crowded at the tables in the other base camps.

Some of the peaks are very exposed so they can be held because of the wind. White cap is often one of them. There are a few others that i cannot recall, but usually many of the lifts are still running to the major popular slopes. Many of the lifts are under the tree line so they are well protected.

I have only stayed at the Snow Cap Inn, but they often have great prices for ski and stay packages. They have renovated it in the last year with keycard door, but i have not stayed there since they announced those changes. The old rooms were nice. They only allow two to stay in the rooms, but you can manage to squeeze in four into the double bed rooms. There is not much room for snowboards and skis and they do not allow them inside the inn. There is a side entrance down to the lockers. I believe the lockers lock with your room key. I do not know how the system works since they have switched to keycards. They do provide a small continental breakfast in the small lobby area. There is also a small hot tub outside the front door.

The snow cap in is close to the main base lodge, but not close enough to walk there from the Inn. Its best if you wake up early and drive over. There might be a shuttle, but it runs only every 30 minutes the last time i was there.

The ski and stay packages often come with free lessons. I have taken one or two of the upper level snowboard lessons. They are good and it helps that it is free.

The preferred way of getting to this mountain is by bus day trip from Boston, Attleboro, Taunton, or Cranston. There are companies that operate out of these towns/city that go up to the mountain once or twice a month on a Saturday orSunday. From boston, the bus leaves around 5:30am and gets to the mountain around 9-9:30. The cost of these trips is only a little bit more than a day lift ticket at the resort, and you get driven there. You sleep on the ride up and sometimes on the way down as well. It is very convenient.

Visited February 2012
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