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2015 Summer Press Kit - Fact Sheet

Facts and figures about Sunday River Resort in the summer

May 18, 2015

Sunday River Resort
2015 Summer Fact Sheet

Media Contact Information
Sarah Devlin
Director of Communications

Sunday River
P.O. Box 4500
15 South Ridge Road
Newry, ME 04261
207-824-3000 phone
207-824-5110 fax

Contact Information

Website: www.sundayriver.com

General: info@sundayriver.com or 207-824-3000

Reservations: 800-543-2754

Summer Season
Summer season for mountain activities: All summer activities operate 10AM to 4PM, Thursdays through Sundays, June 25-September 6, then Fridays through Sundays, September 11-October 11. Please note the Sunday River Bike Park, zipline tours, and disc golf will be closed on July 25 for the Tough Mountain Challenge.

*All summer activities are weather dependent.

Sunday River Resort 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 nearly 11,000 acres of land and includes eight interconnected mountain peaks perfect for hiking, mountain biking, scenic lift 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 and day-to-day grind. Spa-goers find relaxation at the resort's two spas, 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-20 miles (32 kilometers)
Designated Hiking Trails-12 miles (19.31 kilometers)

Sunday River Adventure Park
The Sunday River Adventure Park, named Editors' Choice for "Best Mountain Playground" in the May/June issue of Yankee magazine, is open Thursdays through Sundays from June 25-September 8, 2015, and Fridays through Sundays from September 11-October 11, 2015. Hours are 10AM to 4PM (unless otherwise noted). Please note that the Sunday River Bike Park and zipline tours will not be available during the Tough Mountain Challenge on Saturday, July 25. All summer activities are weather dependent. 

Sunday River Adventure Pass
All-day unlimited access to scenic lift rides, twin ziplines, bungee trampoline, climbing wall, and disc golf course.

Ages 13 & older:         $25
Ages 6-12:                  $22
Military*:                      $20

*Military rates are valid for Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and Retired Service Personnel plus one immediate family member. Military ID is required.

L.L.Bean Adventures
L.L.Bean Adventures not included in Sunday River Adventure Pass

Sunday River is proud to host the only L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools program not located at an L.L. Bean retail establishment. L.L.Bean Adventures at Sunday River are open to the public, starting June 1, offering lessons in archery, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. Adventures start at $25 and are available Monday through Thursday until August 27. (Please note: The L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools will not be available June 15-19.)  

Beginner Archery (80 minutes)                                              $25
Beginner Kayaking (90 minutes)                                            $25
Beginner Stand-Up Paddleboarding (80 minutes)         $25
Solo Guided Kayak Tour (3 hours)                                          $69
Stand-Up Paddleboarding Tour (3 hours)                           $69

Sunday River Bike Park

Sunday River is home to over 20 miles of lift-serviced downhill mountain bike terrain along the Sunday River Bike Park, ranging from all-out crazy to just starting out. The Mountain Bike School, located out of the South Ridge Lodge, offers 90-minute lessons for any rider just starting out or looking to take their skills up a gear. Lessons and rental packages are available through the Mountain Bike School.  

Sunday River Sports, also located in the South Ridge 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.

Bike Park Lift Tickets, Season Passes, and Bike School
Access to Sunday River Bike Park not included in Sunday River Adventure Pass 

2015 Lift Tickets
Adult (13 years and older):                 $29
Junior (12 years and younger):          $18
Trail Access Only (no lift service):     $10

2015 Season Passes
Adults (13 years and older):                $26
9Juniors (12 years and younger):         $139 

Bike School
Adult (13 years and older):                 $69
Junior (12 years and younger):          $59

Zipline Tours
Zipline Tours not included in Sunday River Adventure Pass.
Sunday River's zipline tour offers the perfect all thrills, no skills activity for guests looking to try something new. The two-hour tour takes participants across six separate lines ranging from 100 to 300 feet in length and is located in hidden sections of the resort's forest. Sunday River's 750-foot parallel twin zips back to the South Ridge base area rounds out the zipline tour. Tours including a twin zip finale are $49 for juniors and $59 for adults. Reservations are required, 800-543-2754. Height and weight restrictions do apply.

Scenic Lift Rides
Ride Sunday River's Chondola to North Peak for access to mountain biking, hiking, and spectacular views from 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 mountain bikers looking for gravity to do most of the work. Round-trip scenic lift tickets are $15 ages 13 and older, $10 ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and under, 80 and older, and 2015/16 winter season passholders.

Twin Zips
For those guests looking for a quick thrill, Sunday River's twin zips are 750 feet of pure adrenaline right in the South Ridge base area, accessible via the Sundance Surface Lift. Race your friends or just zip-a-dee-doo-dah along as your family and friends look on. Twin zips are $15 all ages for two "zips" or you can get all-day access as part of the Adventure Pass. Height and weight restrictions do apply.                                                                                          

Bungee Trampoline
Reach for the sky as you're propelled in that direction by bungee cords and a trampoline. As an added benefit, the harness feature allows you to flip forward and backward as you bounce up to 20 feet into the air! A three-minute session on the Bungee Trampoline is $9 for all ages, or you can get all-day access as part of the Adventure Pass.

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 access as part of the Adventure Pass.

Disc Golf
Disc golf offers the fun of traditional golf but in a cross-country setting using discs rather than golf clubs and balls. Sunday River's course offers nine walkable holes spread up and down the slopes of South Ridge featuring elevation changes, doglegs, trees, and additional challenges just like traditional golf. It's a course designed to be scenic and fun for professionals and amateurs alike. Course access is $5 for a round. Three-disc sets (short, medium, and long distance) can be rented for an additional $10. All-day course access is also included in our Adventure Pass.

Spa Services and Wellness Classes
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.

Area Activities
Sunday River Golf Club: Voted "Best Public Golf Course in Maine" by Golfweek magazine, 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, 207-824-4653. 

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. Nearby Sun Valley Sports operates half-day and extended tours the summer, in addition to fly fishing or canoeing and kayaking on the scenic Magalloway and Androscoggin Rivers. 

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.

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. Mount Washington's scenic drive is just 30 minutes away.

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.

Antiquing: Western Maine offers several antique tours for treasures large and small. Explore locally or venture farther afield around the state.

Swimming: The Mountains of Western Maine offer numerous rivers, waterfalls, lakes, and ponds with a wide variety of beautiful secluded swimming holes. Some popular locations include 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 with Class II to Class IV rapids.

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.

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

South Ridge BBQ: Located slopeside at the South Ridge Lodge, the South Ridge BBQ offers a selection of made-to-order grill favorites. Open Thursdays through Sundays at 11AM-3PM until September 6 and Fridays through Sundays from September 11 to October 11.

Camp: Camp celebrates the Maine tradition of escaping daily life with a trip to camp. From a space that blends a rustic feel with modern touches to a menu that celebrates comfort food made from local ingredients, Camp will be your new favorite spot at the resort and is located in the Grand Summit Hotel. Hours of operation are 7AM until 10PM Sundays through Thursdays, and 4PM until 11PM Fridays and Saturdays. 207-824-5858 for information or reservations.

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 and is located in the Jordan Hotel. Grand Avenue is open weekends only. Call 207-824-5300 for a schedule, further information, or reservations.

Northern Lights Café: A cozy café tucked away in the Jordan Hotel, the Northern Lights Café serves breakfast and lunch daily, specializing in hot and cold beverages, fresh pastries, soups, made-to-order sandwiches and salads, and daily specials. Northern Lights Café is located at the top of the lobby stairs on the second floor of the Jordan Hotel, adjacent to the hotel's slopeside entrance. Call 207-824-5327 for a schedule, further information, or reservations.

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.

Full Moon Peak Dinners: Ride the Chondola to Sunday River's mid-mountain Peak Lodge for a dinner under the full moon. July 31, August 28, and September 25. Pricing for Full Moon Dinners are $39 per adult, $14 per child (ages 6-12), and kids 5 and under eat free. Reservations are required: 800-543-2754.

Sunday River Lodging

Jordan Hotel: The Jordan 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 Hotel: The Grand Summit Hotel combines the amenities of a full service hotel with the convenience of location close to many mountain bike and hiking trailheads. 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.

Getting Here 

Air: Portland International Jetport (PWM) is located 65 miles (104.6 kilometers) south of Sunday River via Interstate 95. Portland International Jetport (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. 

Area Information

Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce
8 Station Place
P.O. Box 1247
Bethel, ME 04217

207-824-2282 or 800-442-5826 phone
207-824-7123 fax