When It's Steamin', It's Open!
The Sunday River Sugaring House was created to celebrate our Maine roots and the tradition of making maple syrup in springtime. The Sugaring House is located on the lower slopes of South Ridge, accessible on skis along the Sundance trail or by foot a short distance from South Ridge Lodge. We offer tours and demonstrations, as well as free candy and syrup samples on weekends during sugaring season, which is typically mid- to late March. Want to bring some home? Sunday River Maple Syrup is for sale at Sunday River Sports, the Mountain Grocer, and both resort hotel gift shops.
The Sunday River Sugaring House is open for the sugaring season on weekends in March.
More fun facts:
- Sap is gathered onsite through a system of taps and tubing near the Grand Summit Resort Hotel.
- There are a total of 950 taps connected by almost 3 miles of tubing.
- There are also 100 traditional metal buckets throughout the resort that collect sap.
- There is a total of 2,400 gallons of sap stored at the resort.
- 40-50 gallons of sap are boiled to produce one gallon of maple syrup.
- Each tap will produce about one pint of maple syrup per season.
- The equipment used to boil sap is a wood fired 3' x 10' Leader evaporator.
- The evaporator will boil 85 gallons of sap off per hour.
The hours of operation for the Sunday River Sugaring House are weather dependent. Sap starts to flow from the maples when temperatures reach 40° and sunny during the day and drop below 32° at night. On these days the Sugaring House is closed so we can gather over 100 pails of sap. After the sap is collected, we head back to the Sugaring House to boil down the sap into syrup. When you see the steam pouring out of the chimney, the maple syrup production is at its peak and the Sugaring House is open for tasting.