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Sunday River Summer 2012 Fact Sheet
Sunday River Summer 2012 Fact Sheet
Media Contact Information
Director of Communications
PO Box 4500
15 South Ridge Road
Newry, ME 04261
(207) 824-3000 phone
(207) 824-5110 fax
June 29–October 9, 2012
The Sunday River Golf Club is open seven days a week through late October. Call for tee times (207) 824-4653
*All activities are weather dependent.
Sunday River boasts one of Maine’s most spectacular natural playgrounds with ample excursions for the true adventurist and just as many ways to relax. Located amidst the Western Mountains of Maine just five miles from the quintessential New England village of Bethel, the resort sits on over 10,000 acres of land and boasts eight interconnected mountain peaks perfect for such summer excursions as hiking, mountain biking, scenic Chondola rides, and zipline tours. Couples flock to Sunday River to share their “I dos” with loved ones, while families find it to be the perfect escape from the city heat. Spa-goers will find solstice in the resort’s two Grand Resort hotels while golf enthusiasts are always in awe of the wide open fairways at the award-winning Sunday River Golf Club.
Sunday River is located 1.5 hours from Portland, Maine, 3 hours from Boston, Massachusetts, and 1 hour from North Conway, New Hampshire.
By the Numbers
Sunday River Base Elevation (South Ridge) – 500 feet (152.4 meters)
Sunday River Summit Elevation – 3,140 feet (957.1 meters)
Vertical Rise – 2,340 feet (713.23 meters)
Designated Downhill Mountain Bike Trails – 25 miles (40.2 kilometers)
Designated Hiking Trails – 12 miles (19.31 kilometers)
Mountain Bike Madness
Sunday River is home to over 20 miles of downhill mountain bike terrain ranging from all-out crazy to “just starting out” terrain.
For bike rentals, Sunday River Sports, located in the South Ridge Base Lodge, carries the latest adult and junior downhill mountain bike equipment from Kona. Rental packages are $80 for full-day use of a full-suspension mountain bike. Prices are based on full-day adult mountain bike rentals.
Mountain Bike Lift Tickets and Season Passes
2012 Lift Tickets
Adult (13 years and older): $29
Junior (12 years and younger): $18
Trail Access Only (no lift service): $10
2012 Season Pass
Adults (13 years and older): $275
Juniors (12 years and younger): $139
Sunday River Summer Resort Tickets
Adult Adventure Package: $25
Junior Adventure Package: $22
Adventure packages include all-day unlimited access to Chondola rides, Twin Ziplines, Bungee Trampoline, and Flying Disc Golf Course
Resort and Area Activities: Open Fridays through Sundays, 10am–4pm
Chondola Scenic Chairlift Rides: Ride Sunday River’s Chondola to North Peak for access to mountain biking, hiking, and geocache trailheads, as well as lunch at the Peak Lodge. Part chairlift, part gondola, the Chondola is comprised of eight-passenger gondola cabins and six-person chairs. Attached bike racks are an added benefit for those bikers looking for gravity to do most of the work. (Scenic Chondola rides included in Adventure Package, or $8 for kids 12 and under, $12 for adults.)
Zipline Tours and Twin Zips: Sunday River’s Zipline Tour and Twin Zips are the perfect all thrills, no skills activity for guests looking to try something new. The two-hour Zipline Tour takes participants across six separate lines ranging from 100 feet to 300 feet in length and is located in hidden sections of the resort’s forest. The 750 foot parallel Twin Zips back to the South Ridge base area round out the Zipline Tour or, for those guests who just want to dip their toes in the action, Twin Zips can be tried separately as a great way to test the waters before committing to an entire tour. Tours including a Twin Zip finale are $49 per person; Twin Zips are $15 per person for two “zips.” Reservations are required for Zipline Tours. (800) 543-2754 (Unlimited Twin Zips included in Adventure Package or $15 for two rides.)
New this Season! Bungee Trampoline: There’s no denying it. Trampolines are fun. And, we’ve taken things a bit further. New this season, we’ve gone ahead and set up a bungee trampoline. We’re going to strap you into a harness attached to bungee cords that move with you, allowing you to reach new heights and do unimaginable tricks! This is not your neighbor’s trampoline. This is the real deal. (Bungee Trampoline included in Adventure Package or $9 for a three minutes of thrill.)
New this Season! Flying Disc Golf Course: This sort of like golf, in that you want to hit all your targets in the fewest number of swings and some of the terms are similar, but otherwise, this isn’t golf. It’s Dolf, or Disc Golf. We’ve taken over the South Ridge Base Area and put in a nine-target course through the woods and along the trails. Toss a disc at each target until you nail it and move on to the next. It takes strategy and fortitude, but most of all, it takes a great sense of humor. (Access to the Flying Disc Golf Course included in Adventure Package or $5 for a nine-hole round. Disc Set Rental is $5.)
Mountain Bike Park: The Sunday River Mountain Bike Park offers lift-serviced beginner, intermediate, and advanced terrain stretching across over 20 miles on South Ridge and North Peak,. Beginner riders will find dirt work roads and lower-angle ski trails, while intermediates can choose between moderate single track options, slick rock and even jump lines and flow trails. Options in the park really open up for advanced riders with plenty of technical single track, steep downhill trails and manufactured terrain. Over the last few years the park crew has been hard at work adding new trails and creating machine-built terrain including jumps, berms and flow trails, log and bridge work, and more.
Sunday River Golf Club: Voted “Best Public Golf Course in Maine” by Golfweek magazine five years in a row, the Sunday River Golf Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and features an 18-hole championship course that winds through one of Maine’s most picturesque forests. The Sunday River Golf Club is open seven days a week. (800) 543-2754
Geocaching: It’s an activity that easily involves the whole family and gets people outdoors and involved in physical activity, while encouraging them to work together! Best of all, it's a great activity for any age and requires no previous experience. Search for a dozen hidden cache locations on Sunday River’s hiking terrain and earn a prize. Geocache equipment is available to rent through Sunday River Sports in the South Ridge Lodge and is $15 for full day use. Reservations recommended. (800) 543-2754
Canoeing and Kayaking: The upper Androscoggin River is an ideal place to spend a few hours or a full day exploring Western Maine from the water. Sunday River’s reservation agents can help guests connect with local outfitters who offer canoe and kayak rentals with drop-off/pick-up services from the resort. (800) 543-2754
ATV Tours: Explore the upper Sunday River Valley on a guided ATV tour! Sun Valley Sports runs half-day tours daily throughout the summer plus wildlife and eco evening tours and cookouts once a week. Vehicles include ATVs and Polaris Rangers that carry two or four passengers.
Fishing: The upper Androscoggin River and several area ponds and lakes offer great trout fishing throughout the summer and fall. Several local outfitters offer guided trips, instruction, and equipment rentals. (800) 543-2754
Scenic Drives: Two nearby state parks and easily accessible lakes and mountains in Western Maine and New Hampshire provide excellent car or motorcycle tours for those looking for the perfect scenic drive.
Hikes and Nature Walks: With Grafton Notch and Evan's Notch State Parks nearby and the White Mountains just across the border in New Hampshire you can find hikes ranging from easy loops suitable for kids to multi-day backpacking adventures.
Mining Tours: Explore Western Maine's mining history by touring local mines, learning about minerals, and even searching for gems and other treasures. These unique trips are great for the whole family. (800) 543-2754
Antiquing: Western Maine offers several antique tours for treasures large and small. Explore locally or venture farther afield around the state.
Spa Services and Wellness: Relax and indulge yourself with a spa visit. Whether you're interested in a deep-tissue massage to ease tired muscles, a refreshing facial, or wellness programs you'll find options right at the resort as well as in the local area. (800) 543-2754
Swimming: The mountains of Western Maine offer numerous rivers with a wide variety of beautiful secluded swimming holes. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, and don’t mind a chilly refreshing dip in the water, then you can beat the summer heat at any of Western Maine’s rivers. Some popular locations are Frenchman’s Hole, the Letter S Pool, and the Artists’ Covered Bridge.
Whitewater Rafting: North of Sunday River there are a number of options for whitewater rafting and kayaking, ranging from beginner trips to more advanced adventures.
Horseback Riding: Local ranches offer riding trips for all ages and experience levels, ranging from one-hour to multi-day trips.
Boating: With Bethel's location just above Maine's lakes region you can visit a number of lakes to rent boats and jet skis or take arranged tours.
Cultural Attractions: The local Bethel Historical Society plus a nearby theater group and numerous museums in the Portland area offer plenty of cultural options.
Farm Tours: The llama’s small cousin, the alpaca, is originally from the Andes Mountains. Alpacas are becoming more popular in the United States for their soft fiber, which is used to make blankets, sweaters, gloves, scarves, and other knitted or woven items. Sunday River Alpacas offers farm tours and hand-knit alpaca items from their own alpaca fiber. These animals are great pets and are both friendly and gentle.
Shopping: Bethel and the surrounding area offer a number of options for those interested in some shopping. Among the unique products you'll find are wood sculptures, antiques, and various Maine-made products.
Sunday River Dining
Legends: A casual yet fine dining experience for the whole family with American cuisine including steaks, seafood, and a martini bar. Located in the Grand Summit Resort Hotel. (207) 824-5858
Grand Avenue: One of the best restaurants at Sunday River to grab a casual burger or fancy porterhouse steak, Grand Avenue is a great choice for every age. Located in the Jordan Grand Resort Hotel. (207) 824-5300
The Peak Lodge: Accessed by Sunday River’s Chondola, the Peak Lodge on North Peak offers spanning views of the area and refreshing summer treats, including homemade blueberry lemonade, burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream. (207) 824-3000
Mountain Grocer: For those guests looking to make their own meals or grab something quick to go, the Mountain Grocer offers pantry staples as well as sandwiches and snacks to pack up and take with you. (207) 824-5066
Sunday River Lodging
Jordan Grand Resort Hotel: The Jordan Grand Resort Hotel is set in a spectacular mountain location in the heart of Jordan Bowl with access to the Sunday River Golf Club. Accommodations range from standard rooms and studios to three-bedroom suites.
Grand Summit Resort Hotel: The Grand Summit Resort Hotel combines the amenities of a full-service hotel with the convenience of location close to Sunday River’s Chondola and mountain bike trails. Accommodations range from standard rooms and studios to two-bedroom suites.
Snow Cap Inn: The Snow Cap Inn offers standard rooms with two queen beds. This quiet, comfortable property features an outdoor hot tub and is located a short walk from South Ridge Lodge.
Condominiums: Sunday River offers nine condominium complexes spread across the resort. Unit sizes range from studios to three-bedroom townhouses, and amenities vary by complex.
Air: Portland International Jetport (PWM) is located 65 miles (104.6 kilometers) south of Sunday River via Interstate 95. Portland International Jetport (www.portlandjetport.org) offers numerous daily flights to and from most major U.S. cities and connections to destinations around the world.
Ground Transportation: For those flying into New England, the most convenient airports are the Portland International Jetport (PWM) or Manchester, New Hampshire Airport (MHT). You’ll find the majority of car rental agencies at both airports or call the Northeast Charter & Tour (888) 593-6328, Sunday River Stagecoach Shuttle Service (207) 357-5783, or Mountain Valley Taxi Service (207) 364-9900 for door-to-door transportation services.
Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce
8 Station Place
PO Box 1247
Bethel, ME 04217
Tel: (207) 824-2282 or (800)-442-5826
Fax: (207) 824-7123