Overview: Nestled between the foodie harbor city of Portland, and the moose scapes of the North, Sunday River covers the most peaks (eight) of any ski area in the East. It adds 135 trails to the Ikon Pass repertoire this year—but it’s got roots. Sunday River was an early adopter of glading for tree skiers.
What’s New: The resort is on track to double its snowmaking output in the next few years. For 2019, a 15-percent increase in water capacity means a more reliable base and more terrain openings earlier in the season. “Out of all the New England mountains,” says regular Steve Desantis, “Sunday River’s snowmaking is the best. They transform the mountain.”
Local’s Take: Think snowmaking and maple are quintessential New England? Try telemarking on “secret” trails. Desantis, a tele skier who’s explored Sunday River for a decade, loves one called Aftershock. “The entrance is really hairy,” he says. “You’d ski right by it if you didn’t know it was there. Then it’s a snaking gully with steep sides before you get to the cliffs with sketchy landings.” sundayriver.com —M.M. | photo courtesy of Sunday River Resort