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Cold Air: All Systems Go

Sunday River completes annual fall snowmaking test

September 24, 2016

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Newry, Maine (September 24, 2016)—As temperatures fell at Sunday River Resort overnight, the snowmaking team fired up the snowguns at 4AM for their initial systems test on Saturday, September 24, signaling the beginning of winter 2016-17 just three days after the first day of fall. Sunday River typically opens for skiing and snowboarding on or around Halloween, and this annual snowmaking test confirms: all systems go. 

During this morning's test, snowmakers ran 10 snowguns on the Lower Downdraft ski trail, just below the top terminal of the resort's signature Chondola chairlift. This season's opening plan will include top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding on Aurora Peak, accessed by the Chondola out of the South Ridge base area.  

Though the resort has not yet set an official opening date, this test does give Sunday River's snowmakers the go-ahead to crank the system at full capacity—8,100 gallons of water and 60,000 cubic feet of air per minute, producing four acre feet per hour—at the first sustained cold spell with temperatures between 25-30 degrees overnight. 

Sunday River's snowmaking system is the most advanced in the East, with a nearly 2,000 snowguns-including HKD Impulse Tower Guns as well as Boyne Low-E Fan Guns-covering 90 percent of its groomed terrain. 

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About Sunday River Resort 
A four-season destination, Sunday River Resort is home to eight interconnected mountain peaks of world-class skiing and snowboarding and slopeside lodging including two Resort Hotels, the Snow Cap Inn, Ski Dorm, and hundreds of area condominiums. In the summer months, the resort offers 20 miles of lift-serviced mountain biking, Zipline Tours, and golf at the highly acclaimed Sunday River Golf Club. Sunday River is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions and is located in Newry, Maine, amidst the scenic Mahoosuc Range.