Oh, winter—how we’ve missed you! Despite some weather delays since our snowmaking test and first snowfall, snowmakers have been hard at work to turn this place into a winter wonderland. Lifts spin at 9AM on Wednesday, November 23, which will come faster than you can say “remember-how-bleeping-warm-it-was-last-season,” 10 times over.
In addition to the following tips, you should know that all skier services will operate out of the South Ridge and the Peak Lodges (maaaayyybeee Barker too). Access to skiable terrain will be gained by taking the Chondola lift to the top of North Peak and skiing into Aurora basin via Paradigm. Take the Aurora Quad chairlift to the top and enjoy top-to-bottom laps on Northern Lights before heading back to the Chondola to download via Lights Out and Lower Downdraft. The plan is to open terrain on Barker Mountain too, but stay tuned to the Mountain Report for the most current information.
1. Get your New England Pass
Whether you’ve already purchased yours and need to pick it up, or you’re still waffling on the value of unlimited skiing and riding at Sunday River, Sugarloaf, and Loon Mountain, nothing gets you ready for winter quite like the promise of as much mountain time as possible. Remember, the College New England Pass deadline is November 30.
2. Wear your Gore-Tex
Only Mother Nature can tell what the weather will be like on opening day, but you’ll certainly want to prep for success by making sure that your gear is waterproof as all get out. After all, we love to see the snowguns pumping out the goods, but it can be a bit of a frozen mess when you’re schussing underneath them.
3. Visit the Tune Shop
There’s nothing like a fresh tune on your skis or board before hitting snow for the first time in six months, and our Tune Shop attendants would be happy to get your kit in tip-top shape. They’ll even do tunes all season long with Constant Care. That being said, thin cover often exists on opening day, so leave the brand new equipment at home until a better snow base is built.
4. Do some dry-land training
I love a good 12 oz. curl as much as the next guy, but I immediately regret not doing more pre-season workouts in the early season. Conditions are as unforgiving as your thighs and glutes will be after relaxing summer and fall. Plus, our trusty ski patrollers ask that only expert skiers and riders grace the slopes this time of year, so you better be in shape.
5. Bring your appetite
With this year’s all-new opening day plan comes some exciting times for your tummy. Not only will the South Ridge and Barker Food Courts be open, but the Foggy Goggle will be serving up adult beverages and the Peak Lodge Food Court and bar will be open for business too. (Yes, that means Bloody Marys and sticky buns!)
6. Upgrade your gear
Is your gear showing signs of wear after many days on-hill? Stop into Sunday River Sports to check out the latest outerwear and hardgoods, chat with one of our boot fitters, or scope out the prospects for the upcoming Demo Days event on November 26 and 27.
7. Plan ahead for the rest of the season
Do you have your vacation plans set for the rest of what will be an awesome winter on the slopes? Peep our lodging packages, give our reservations team a call at 800.543.2754, and get that winter getaway on the books. The One Day Sale for lodging in the Snow Cap Inn goes live on November 28 too.
8. Practice your duck face
Finding your Happy Place on opening day is easy, and so is telling the world about it. By using #happyplacefound, you might even see your selfie on happyplacefound.com or on the Mountain Report. But please use your selfie stick responsibly.
Keep an eye on the Mountain Report for updates on conditions and terrain. Ski season is here, y’all.