“Snow, snow, snow!” That’s all I could think about when heading up to Sunday River on Sunday night. The last time I went there it was 50 degrees and I was the only car in Portland with skis on top.
This time was different. With temps in the upper 20s and lower 30s, I do not think I could have chosen a better day to go skiing. Plus, Mother Nature gave Sunday River a delightful gift in the afternoon.
With over 50 trails open, there was plenty of terrain ready to be conquered. You could find a trail to suit your skill level. South Ridge was quite lively with many toddlers learning to ski and snowboard. On weekends and holidays, if you’re not a beginner I would recommend you find your way onto the mountain either through Barker or White Cap and avaoid the beginner crush at South Ridge.
The day started out with a slight overcast but the clouds were just waiting to dump some snow on the mountain. By 1:00pm it was snowing heavily and on top of that Sunday River was also blasting the guns, turning good conditions into GREAT conditions. By 2:00pm the new snow had really accumulated. In terms of ice, there wasn’t much. So if you looking for some groomed powder, Sunday River has it.
For those interested in the terrain park scene, the situation is improving. Heading up Chairlift 1 I could see they were working on Rocking Chair which is slated to open on Wednesday according to their twitter feed. The South Ridge Park was open for those into rails and boxes, but if you’re going up during winter vacation, I recommend walking back up the mountain as the lifts are very packed.
For Wednesday through Friday, the plan is to groom 66 trails on Wednesday. For this weekend, it looks like you are in for one heck of a time: the forecast is for 10 inches Friday and 6 inches Saturday, I recommend you find a place to stay on the mountain as driving isn’t going to be as awesome as the skiing and riding.
My trail picks for the day would be Lazy River for being just down right fun and Risky Business for the snow guns blowing in my face.