At the Rivah, it’s always been about the snow. The resort excels at making it and grooming it, and has a knack for turning Mother Nature’s tantrums into heavenly conditions. But snow isn’t the only reason this northwestern Maine resort earns kudos—it also seduces skiers with the diversity of terrain.
Stand at the peak of Sunday River’s Jordan Bowl on a bluebird morning, and the world is your oyster. Think eight interconnected mountains laced with 135 trails and glades. The efficient lift system and trail network makes it possible even for beginners to ski from one end to the other, and for experienced skiers to accept the invitations from each peak along the way, whether that’s White Cap’s steep thrills, Spruce’s terrain parks, or the steep bumped and gladed natural playgrounds on Oz and Aurora. Ski-in/ski-out condos and hotels make it easy to stay where you play, but the nearby postcard village of Bethel expands the options. - Hilary Nangle
Sunday River is playing to its strengths: It’s increasing snow-making capacity by 15 percent and widening the Sundance and Ride Run trail intersection to improve beginner terrain
COME FOR THE...
GROOMING When Mother Nature is stingy, Sunday River’s snowmaking and grooming systems create skiable conditions.
TERRAIN VARIETY Of the 135 trails, 30 percent are beginner, 36 percent intermediate, and 34 percent advanced/expert.
CHARM The nearby town of Bethel serves up a quaint New England vibe with much on offer.