Between my husband and me, we share a 7-year-old (going on 13) and 2-year old (going on 7), both of whom are girls. Since the hubs and I also both work at Sunday River, our kids get to spend a lot of time here, too, by default. Don’t go feeling bad for either of these young ladies, or the hubs and me, for that matter. Given our office/ backyard, we’ve all been afforded some tremendous opportunities and experiences—all of which are also yours for the taking.
1) The family that skis/snowboards together…
…is a family that has fun together. As the PR gal for Sunday River, I am often asked to comment on why the sport of skiing is so expensive. I’m not going to lie, or spin, or twist words, but I typically answer with, “It doesn’t have to be, with a little planning.” In fact, if you’re just starting out and want to dip your toe in the frozen -waters-turned-snow before fully committing to the purchase of a lesson, or even lift ticket, the Sundance Surface Lift is a completely free lift. That’s right, free. Simply grab a free lift ticket at any ticket window and check out this learning area for as long or as little as you like.
There are also some incredible deals of which you can take advantage. If you have a friend or loved one who is interested in learning, you can enroll him/her in a First Experience ski or snowboard package, which is $80 and includes a lift ticket, lesson, and rental. By signing them up at least three days in advance (207-824-5080), you qualify for Sunday River’s Bring a Friend promotion and can earn a free lift ticket for yourself to use on the day of their lesson. What’s more, there’s also the Introduce a Friend promotion, where if you have a season pass, or know someone with a season pass, you/they can sign the non-passholder up for that same First Experience package for absolutely free. Need just a ticket (no lesson)? Purchase an online lift ticket at least five days in advance and you can save up to 30 percent, and the grand pooh-bah deal of them all: Book a ski and stay package during Sunday River’s Annual Children’s Festival Week in January and score free lift tickets, lessons, rentals, and lodging for kiddos 12 and younger. Why point out this special week after the fact? Because it is insanely popular with families for a reason and a little planning for 2015 will go a long, long way.
2) The cure for “I’m bored.”
Finding your happy place isn’t just Sunday River’s tagline, it’s our way of life. With 135 trails across eight interconnected peaks, Sunday River is the second-largest ski resort in New England, so there’s more than enough terrain to explore for all skiing and snowboarding abilities. Plus, add to this abundant activities like snow tubing, Twin Zips, fireworks, and Eddy the Yeti sightings−not to mention events like Sunday River’s Black Diamond Entertainment Series, which brings in national acts ranging from illusionists to fire dancers to reptile shows−and you’re only just scratching the surface when it comes to things to do. “Mom/Dad, I’m bored” simply does not exist here.
3) But “Mom/Dad, I’m hungry” still does, sooo…
…we have plenty of dining options that are sure to please any discerning palate. In fact, over the past couple of years, there has been a culinary awakening here at Sunday River. This year alone, Sunday River opened the rustic, wooden doors to the coolest venue ever, Camp. Camp is the resort’s signature restaurant in the Grand Summit Hotel, which specializes in Maine comfort food with a twist. Mom and Dad can sample from some spectacular entrées, including an unbelievably juicy pork rib-eye, a delicious Camp cod, and exquisitely prepared lobster sliders. The kids can take comfort in the restaurant’s “little camper” menu, designed with some of their favorites in mind. As Peanut and Wingnut can both attest, the chicken fingers and fries are to die for, but only if followed by a generous helping of Camp S’mores with Gifford’s ice cream on the side.
Camp also serves an amazing breakfast for hotel guests. Non-hotel guests, be sure to fuel up with a Sunday River Sunrise egg (and bacon or sausage) sandwich from the South Ridge Food Court, or a homemade, gridded syrup holder from the Waffle Cabin in the Barker basin. Or, a must-have giant cinnamon bun from North Peak. (Sharing is optional.) Save room for lunch, because between the award-winning lobster rolls served out of the Bite Into Maine truck on North Peak, the noodle bowls at Cho Sun, the burritos and quesadillas from Cilantro, and the award-winning nachos served at the Foggy Goggle (all located in the South Ridge Lodge), not to mention Sliders Restaurant, the undefeated Best of Bethel “Best Lunch Spot,” located in the Jordan Hotel, there are so many different options to explore. Of course, you could be like me (and Peanut and Wingnut and the hubs) and consider a cupcake from the Love Cupcakes food truck parked outside of the South Ridge Lodge a great appetizer or dessert to accompany any eatery mentioned above.
4) For more information…
Visit sundayriver.com and follow us on social media. Sure, I’m biased, but it’s a pretty special place.