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2015 Summer Press Kit - Mountain Activities at Sunday River Resort (and Beyond)

Mountain biking, ziplining, golfing, L.L.Bean Adventures, and more

May 18, 2015

Newry, ME (Summer 2015)--Recently named "Best Mountain Playground" by Yankee magazine (May/June 2015), Sunday River's full-service summer alpine park, nestled adjacent to the scenic Mahoosuc Mountain Range, specializes in rest and recreation. Summer at Sunday River means mountain biking, zipline tours, golf, and the only satellite L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools location that isn't located at an L.L.Bean retail establishment. Mountain accommodations include two resort hotels, an inn, and hundreds of resort condominiums. The summer season begins in June and all activities are open to the public.

Sunday River Adventures with L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools
Sunday River offers the only satellite L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools not located at an L.L.Bean retail establishment. Starting June 1 until August 27, visitors at Sunday River have access to L.L.Bean instruction for archery, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. Let your summer adventures begin at Sunday River. For more information, visit sundayriver.com/llbean.

Mountain Biking
The Sunday River Bike Park is packed with over 20 miles of terrain perfect for honing your downhill skills and meeting the challenges of intermediate and advanced mountain terrain. The Mountain Bike School with its dedicated pump track ensures that all riders leave better than when they started. Cyclists will also appreciate the resort's full fleet of Kona rental bikes and its uphill bike transport system via the Chondola lift. Adult tickets are $29; trail access only (no lift access) is $10.

The Adventure Pass
Combine access to five of our most popular activities onto one day pass. The Adventure Pass is $25 for ages 13 and older and $22 for ages 12 and younger and includes unlimited day use of scenic lift rides aboard Sunday River's signature Chondola, twin ziplines, a bungee trampoline, a climbing wall, and disc golf. Adventure Passes are available to purchase at Sunday River Sports in the South Ridge Lodge.

Zipline Tours and Twin Zips
Fly through the air with the greatest of ease via a Sunday River Zipline Tour with six lines ranging from 100 to 300 feet in length. All thrills, no skills, the resort's zipline tour is perfect for the beginner or intermediate adventurist. Zipline 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 $49 for juniors and $59 for adults. Twin zips are $15 per person for two "zips" or unlimited with your Adventure Pass. 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. Yankee magazine ranked the Bethel area as the #1 New England leaf-peeping location and noted Sunday River's Chondola as one of the best ways to take in all of the views. Summer and fall, the Chondola whisks guests to the mid-mountain Peak Lodge where views of the Mahoosuc and Presidential ranges extend for miles and 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 2015/16 winter season passholders. Scenic lift rides are also included with an Adventure Pass.

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 access as part of the 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 access as part of the Adventure Pass.

Disc Golf
Like traditional golf, Sunday River's Nine-Hole Disc Golf Course offers the same entertaining perks of trying to get from point A to point B in the least amount of tries, but done in a cross-country setting using discs rather than golf clubs and balls. Each hole is finished by landing your shot in a specially designed basket. Course access is $5 for a round or you can get all-day access as part of the Adventure Pass. Disc sets can also be rented for an additional $5.

Sunday River Golf Club
Voted "Best Public Golf Course in Maine" by Golfweek magazine, the Sunday River Golf Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., features an 18-hole championship course that winds through one of Maine's most picturesque alpine settings. Advanced golfers will love the challenge of a truly award-winning course, while beginners will love the wide-open fairways. Sunday River Resort also hosts New England Golf Camp-an overnight golf camp created for boys and girls ages 9 to 17 looking to take their skills to the next level. More information at newenglandgolfcamp.com.

(Not So) Secret Swim Holes and Waterfalls
On a hot sunny day, there is no better escape than the local swimming spot-Letter S. Located five miles past the picture-perfect Sunday River covered bridge, Letter S provides people (and oftentimes their four-legged friends) some much-needed salvation after extended sun time, mountain biking, or golfing. Located down a dirt road, Letter S is part of the actual Sunday River, which runs through glacial rock formations before widening out to what looks like a twisting letter "S." Travel further up the road to access the local waterfall and swim spot, Frenchman's Hole, or travel into nearby Grafton Notch State Park to check out Mother Walker Falls, Screw Auger Falls, and Step Falls. Make sure to pack a lunch and some towels and don't forget your sunscreen, all of these scenic areas boast highly coveted real estate for sunning, as well as shallow water to refresh the tootsies.

A full  moon is very romantic and even more romantic while riding Sunday River's Chondola to the Peak Lodge for Full Moon Peak Dinners. Each dinner during the summer of 2015 has a theme-the Harvest Moon, the Sturgeon Moon, and the oh-so-rare Blue Moon. Join us for cocktails on the deck while gazing down at the Sunday River Valley: July 31, August 28, and September 25.

On July 3 & 4, Sunday River is hosting its first-ever River Rock Festival, a celebration of Christian music featuring such national acts as Jeremy Camp, Kutless, Jonathan Thulin, Phil Wickham, and The Afters. Join us for on-mountain activities, a celebrity autograph tent, and evening fireworks!

There are foot races, triathlons, even adventure races, and then there are races like Sunday River's Tough Mountain Challenge. This bucket list-worthy event takes some of Sunday River's most well-known features and pits them against 3,500 pre-registered racers in a 5k muddy mountain obstacle course. Scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 25, participants and spectators can expect the event's infamous snowgun salute as well as some other race favorites including Slip, Slide, and Die and WTF. The kids can get involved, too, with the Mini Mountain Challenge scheduled for later that day. 

Add to your calendar Sunday River's annual Fall Festival Weekend, October 10-11. Whether you're looking for a fun challenge of a foot race, or you want to spend some quality one-on-one time with your significant other at our annual North American Wife Carrying Championship, the weekend is always full of fun with live music, a local crafts fair, beer tent, and slopeside barbeque (as seen on such national programs as the Travel Channel's Bert the Conqueror, ESPN 60, and Live with Kelly and Michael).

For more information on all of Sunday River's summer activities and events, 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.