“This year we already have five trails open top to bottom (including the nearly 3-mile Tote Road),” said Austin. Before now, at this time we’d have maybe one run open. It’s a huge difference.”
When Les Otten developed Sunday River in the 1980s and ’90s, his focus was on the quality of snowmaking and grooming. Though under new management, the powerful system allowed the resort to stay open throughout last season’s warm spells.
This offseason, Sunday River boosted the system even more with an extra $1 million investment in snowmaking guns, similar to those at Sugarloaf. This is part of a five-year plan to double its water and pump capacity.
Also coming this winter is the Kid’s Adventure Trail, where young skiers and riders can explore several stops along a route from the mid-mountain Peak Lodge on North Peak to the South Ridge base area.