Sunday River 2018-19 Opening Day Friday
Update October 18 1 p.m.: Sunday River Ski Resort intends to open for the 2018/19 winter season tomorrow, Friday, October 19, at 10 a.m. The resort expects to open on the T2 trail, accessible via the Locke Mountain Triple lift in Barker Basin. All plans depend on weather and snow conditions; keep an eye on the resort’s website and social media channels for the most up-to-date information.
“As always, we’re dedicated to getting our trails open as fast as possible our passholders and loyal guests,” says Resort President and General Manager, Dana Bullen. “This commitment is shown through the improvements we made to our system this summer, and continues as we take advantage of these favorable snowmaking temperatures before the foliage has fallen.”
The resort also opened on October 19 during the 2015-16 season, which is the second earliest date for skiing and riding in the resort’s history. Lift tickets will be $30 for all ages and available to purchase at the Barker Lodge. All 2018-19 New England Passes will be available to purchase or pick up at the South Ridge Lodge.
The resort expects to open on Friday, and weather permitting, plans to be open on Saturday and Sunday as well. The early season lift schedule will usually operate on weekends only until mid-November after opening day.
The forecast in Maine is calling for sustained snowmaking temps. And Sunday River is taking full advantage. Wax 'em up.
Snowmakers and Mother Nature were hard at work last night. Snowmaking started up with top-to-bottom blasting on T2, Upper Sunday Punch, and Sunday Punch. Plus, they woke up to 2-3" of new snow blanketing the mountain.
“We received 2-3” of new snow last night and the snow guns are running on Locke Mountain. Temperatures look ideal to continue to make snow today, but with Friday and Saturday warming up, we haven’t made the call yet on opening this weekend,” Sunday River’s Karolyn Castaldo told SnoCountry.com.
“Our current temperatures are great for firing up the snowmaking system using the new pipeline and pump that we installed over the summer, which allows us to get 15 percent more water to our on-mountain infrastructure from our water source,” Castaldo told us. “With a higher water capacity, we’re able to make snow more quickly with sustained cold temperatures. The forecasts are showing that we’ll get those temperatures next week as well.”
Sunday River typically opens for the season with skiing off of the Locke Mountain Triple with midstation access and add top-to-bottom ASAP.