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Sunday River ADA Policies

General use of 'Other Power-driven Mobility Devices' in Pedestrian Areas:

Sunday River Resort may ask a person using an 'other power-driven mobility device' to provide a credible assurance that the mobility device is required because of the person's disability.  Sunday River Resort accepts the presentation of a valid, State-issued, disability parking placard or card, or other State-issued proof of disability, as a credible assurance that the use of the other power-driven mobility device is for the individual's mobility disability.  In the absence of such documents, Sunday River Resort shall allow the use of an 'other power-driven mobility device' if the individual states that the device is being used for a mobility disability.  Any evidence to the contrary may be evaluated and acted upon by Sunday River Resort.

Use of 'Other Power-driven Mobility Devices' on Mountain during Summer Season:

Consistent with Sunday River Resort's policy of "no motorized" use which restricts the use of motorized vehicles by members of the public on Resort owned lands.  The use of any power driven devices or vehicles by the public, including other power-driven mobility devices used by individuals with mobility disabilities, which were not primarily designed for use by individuals with disabilities, creates a substantial risk of serious harm to the user and others, and to the immediate environment and natural resources, and therefore are not permitted.  This policy is in place to address the safety of the public and our employees as well as the need to address soil integrity, erosion and vegetative concerns. 

Use of 'Other Power-driven Mobility Devices' on Mountain during Winter Season:

Consistent with Sunday River Resort's policy of "no motorized" use which restricts the use of motorized vehicles by members of the public on Resort owned lands.  The use of any power-driven devices or vehicles by the public, including other power-driven mobility devices used by individuals with mobility disabilities, would conflict with Sunday River Resort's safety requirements necessary for the reasonably safe operation of our on-slope activities.   These safety concerns include the use of devices on the slopes that expose the user and skiers/snowboarders to a safety hazard; access into closed areas that pose avalanche and other hazards.  These safety concerns are compounded by our facility's large volume of trial use.  These safety requirements are based on actual risks and are not intended to be discriminatory in any way.

Use of Mobility Devices in Pedestrian areas:

Sunday River Resort allows individual with mobility disabilities to use wheelchairs and manually-powered mobility aids, such as walkers, crutches, canes, braces, or other similar devices designed for use by individual with mobility disabilities in areas open to pedestrian use.

Use of Adaptive Devices:

Sunday River Resort allows the use of adaptive devices or other 'manually-powered mobility aids' designed and manufactured primarily for use by individuals who have disabilities, including without limitation, mono skis, bi skis, outriggers and sit-skis.  Sunday River Resort can assist guests wishing to enjoy winter sports through the use of adaptive equipment in scheduling adaptive lessons through Maine Handicapped Skiing.

 On-Mountain use of Service Animals during Winter:

Sunday River Resort supports the use of trained service animals during the winter operating season.  All services animals meet current ADA guidelines to  include but not be limited to:  remaining under the direct control of the user at all times; be house broken; and be trained and utilized for a specific disability approved by ADA regulations .Consistent with Sunday River Resort's policy of "no animals" on ski terrain or ski lifts, which restricts the use animals to only dogs specifically trained, or in the process of being trained, for avalanche search and rescue work and under the direct control of Resort Staff.  The use of service animals on ski lifts and ski terrain conflicts with Sunday River Resort's safety requirements necessary for the reasonably safe operation of our on-slope activities.   These safety concerns include the use of service animals on the slopes that expose the user and skiers/snowboarders to a safety hazard. These safety concerns are compounded by our facility's large volume of trail use. 

On-Mountain use of Service Animals during Summer:

Sunday River Resort supports the use of trained service animals during the summer operating season.  All services animals meet current ADA guidelines to  include but not be limited to: remaining under the direct control of the user at all times; be house broken; and be trained and utilized for a specific disability approved by ADA regulations .The use of service animals on ski lifts and mountain biking trails conflict with Sunday River Resort's safety requirements necessary for the reasonably safe operation of our on-slope activities.   These safety concerns include the use of service animals on the slopes that expose the user, mountain bikers, and other rolling vehicles to a safety hazard.  These safety concerns are compounded by our facility's large volume of trail use.  Service animals are approved for use on trails associated with approved hiking, zip lines, high ropes and other challenge courses, and open road ways.  Persons using service animals shall obey all other permanent or temporary closures of terrain, trails, roads, or other areas within Sunday River Resort property.

Pedestrian Area use of Service Animals during Summer:

Sunday River Resort supports the use of trained service animals during the summer operating season.  All services animals meet current ADA guidelines to  include but not be limited to: remaining under the direct control of the user at all times; be house broken; and be trained and utilized for a specific disability approved by ADA regulations .

Use of Miniature Horses as Service Animals:

Use of miniature horses as service animals must meet the standards set forth by the American Miniature Horse Association.  Specifically, miniature horses may not exceed thirty four (34) inches at the withers measured at the last mane hairs.  Certain areas of within buildings on the resort property may be restricted from use of miniature horses due to weight, size, or other safety considerations associated within each location.

Note: These safety requirements are based on actual risks and are not intended to be discriminatory in any way.

Key Contacts:
Specific questions or concerns regarding Sunday River Resort's policies concerning the use of Service Animals and 'Other Power-driven Mobility Devices' should be directed to:

  • Peter Fallon, VP of Human Resources
  • Karl Strand, VP of Mountain Operations