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Summer Mountain Park Activities for the Kid and Kid at Heart
New 18-hole alpine disc golf course, e-bike rentals, designated hiking trails, and stand-up paddbleboarding yoga top list of what’s new this summer at Sunday River ResortMay 1, 2017
NEWRY, MAINE (Summer 2017)--One of the greatest natural and man-made playgrounds in Western Maine, Sunday River Resort's full-service Mountain Park specializes in summer with several new additions to its summer activities list, including electric bike rentals, an 18-hols disc golf course, hiking terrain, plus new stand-up paddleboarding yoga classes through the resort's partnership program with L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools.
The Adventure Pass
To access some of Sunday River's most popular Mountain Park activities with one purchase, the Adventure Pass will be available again this summer and is $25 for ages 13 and older and $22 for ages 12 and younger. The Adventure Pass includes the unlimited all-day use of scenic lift rides, twin ziplines, a bungee trampoline, and a climbing wall. Mountain Park activities like electric and mountain bike rentals not included on the Adventure Pass are available to purchase ala cart unless otherwise noted.
The Mountain Park
New Electric Bikes: Joining the resort's fleet of rental bikes are eight new FSR 6 Fatties designed by Levo. "Fattie" refers to the tire width, which is wider than a typical mountain or road bike, and pedaling provides the power to each bike's electric motor, which helps pick up where leg power leaves off. Suitable for road and designated path use, e-bikes are available to rent from Sunday River Sports for half-day use for $35 (800-543-2754).
New 18-Hole Disc Golf: Late last summer, the resort debuted an 18-hole disc golf course that starts from the top of North Peak and ends in the South Ridge base area. Accessed by the resort's Chondola lift, alpine disc golf caters to families and groups of all ages and abilities. A variety of open and technical fairways encourage players to enhance and fine tune their technique of specialty shots including doglegs, trees, and elevation changes. A scenic lift ride and discs are included with every round for $20 and are available to purchase out of Sunday River Sports in the South Ridge Lodge.
New Hiking Terrain: Sunday River's will expand its 10 miles of designated hiking terrain to include an exhilarating and extremely challenging White Cap Summit trail, which will extend from the existing Summit Hotel Loop to the top of the resort's White Cap Peak. From there, hikers can connect to the resort's Summit Traverse trail to tack on more mileage. Starting from the other end of Sunday River, near the resort's Jordan Hotel, a new trail from the top of Jordan Bowl's Lollapalooza to the top of the Chondola lift on North Peak will connect hikers to a number of the resort's trekking trails including the Kids Adventure trail, a family-friendly downhill trail that leads hikers back to the South Ridge base area and features educational stops along the way. Hiking trail access is hike-to and free.
Mountain Biking: Within the resort's Mountain Park is the Sunday River Bike Park with nearly 20 miles of downhill specific, lift-serviced terrain. The resort's Mountain Bike School, with certified PMBIA coaches, ensures that all riders leave better than when they started. Riders will also appreciate the resort's full fleet of Specialized rentals. Adult tickets are $35 for lift access, trail access only is $10, and mountain bike rentals are $80. Season passes are also available to purchase.
Zipline Tours and Twin Zips: Fly through the air with the greatest of ease via a Sunday River Zipline Tour. All thrills, no skills, the resort's zipline tour is perfect for the beginner or intermediate adventurist with six ziplines ranging from 100 to 300 feet in length. Tour Guides set the pace and scene by helping you into your harness and assisting you when loading and unloading at each line. The tour's grand finale is a zip down one of the resort's two parallel-Twin Zips that span 750 feet in length. Tours take about two hours, but for those with limited time, the twin zips can be done separately from the tour and are a perfect quick fix for effortless fun. Zipline tours are $59 for juniors and $69 for adults. Twin Zips are $15 per person for two "zips." Height and weight restrictions apply; reservations are strongly encouraged, (800) 543-2754.
Scenic Lift Rides: Whether you choose to ride during summer, or take in the brilliant colors of fall, Sunday River's Chondola is a must-do experience for all guests to Sunday River. Summer and fall, the Chondola whisks guests to the mid-mountain Peak Lodge where views of the Mahoosuc and Presidential ranges extend for miles. Scenic lift tickets are $15 for ages 13 and older, $10 for ages 6 through 12, and free for ages 5 and younger, ages 80 and older, and all 2017-18 winter season passholders.
Bungee Trampoline: After working with gravity while harnessed to one of Sunday River's ziplines, try to defy it with the resort's Bungee Trampoline. Oversized trampolines propel you into space while the bungee's harness system keeps you from orbiting. The harness system also conveniently allows you to flip forward and backward safely as you bounce up to 20 feet into the air. Tickets are $9 for all ages, or you can get all-day unlimited access as part with the purchase of an Adventure Pass. Height and weight restrictions apply.
Climbing Wall: Sunday River's outdoor Climbing Wall is a great way to test your strength and nerve. Standing 25 feet tall this wall offers climbers three automatic belay stations to try multiple routes to the top from all while safely harnessed in. Climbers can make their ascent as easy or challenging as they want, based on the route they select and the hand and foot holds they use. A five-climb session is $9 for all ages, or you can get all-day unlimited access with the purchase of an Adventure Pass.
L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools at Sunday River Resort
New this summer, guests to Sunday River can take advantage of stand-up paddleboarding yoga classes in addition to beginner instruction through L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools archery, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding courses and tours. The only satellite L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools not located at an L.L.Bean retail establishment, classes and tours are available to register for select days midweek starting Friday, June 5 through Thursday, August 17.
For more information on Sunday River's Mountain Park or the L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools at Sunday River, visit sundayriver.com. Prices and times are subject to change.
Sunday River is located minutes from picturesque Bethel Village in Western Maine's Mahoosuc Mountains. A true four-season destination, the resort offers eight interconnected peaks of world-class skiing and snowboarding, the most slopeside lodging in the east including two resort hotels, and in the summer months activities including lift-serviced mountain biking, ziplines, and golf at the acclaimed Sunday River Golf Club. Sunday River is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.