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Three days skiing Sunday River, Maine, USA

By on March 23, 2008 in USA

Just completed three days of skiing at Sunday River in Maine.  Had a great time.  We had two days of cold but sunny weather, with a wild and windy day in between when most of the lifts were shut.

I have skied Sunday River a number of times over the years.  It is a fun mountain.

Snow conditions were great on this trip.  Sunday River has had a ton of snow this winter and the slopes, on the whole, were in excellent condition (I had one of my scariest days of skiing at Sunday River about 12 years ago.  When we arrived the weather was good, and then one evening it started to rain, and then at around 3 am in the morning it froze and the mountain turned in to one giant ice cube.  If that wasn’t bad enough the groomers had tried to bash the slopes and all they had managed to do was produce death cookies and marbles – it was horrible.).

Sunday River, Maine

Sunday River, Maine

Sunday River, Maine

Ribbons of runs through the trees

Parking lot at Sunday River, Maine

Parking lot at Sunday River, Maine

Base Lodge, Sunday River, Maine

Base Lodge, Sunday River, Maine

Base Lodge, Sunday River, Maine

Base Lodge, Sunday River, Maine

We stayed in one of the hotels up in the resort.  It was warm and dry, with its own hot-tub out the front, plus it was possible to walk to the nearest bar.

As usual, there was the odd US hotel breakfast of cereal, bagels, coffee, and pastries in wrappers.  One thing that as odd was the hotel was full of English school kids.  It appears with the current exchange rate ($2 USD to £1) that it is cheaper for English schools to take the kids skiing in the US than in France.

On the windy day we went down into Bethel (nearest town to Sunday River) for lunch and a look around. Bethel, so I have been told, holds the world record for the world’s tallest snowwoman, and now has the record for the largest snowwoman.

The world's tallest SnowWoman, Bethel, Maine

The world’s tallest SnowWoman, Bethel, Maine

The world's tallest SnowWoman, Bethel, Maine

The world’s tallest SnowWoman, Bethel, Maine

That is one big snowwoman

That is one big snowwoman

The snowwoman has her own site and can be found at http://www.bethelmainesnowwoman.com and her own blog.

Some snowwoman facts (courtesy of the snowwoman blog):

Name: Olympia SnowWoman;
Height: 122 feet. 1 inch;
Weight: 13,000,000 lbs. of snow;

The snowwoman had 5-foot wreaths for eyes; and 16 skis for eyelashes. The carrot nose was made of muslin, chicken wire and wood frame by the MSAD #44 elementary school children. The lips were made of 5 red auto-tires, painted by the Mahoosuc Kids Association; and the 48-foot circumference fleece hat made by the Mt. Valley Middle School students. The scarf was 130 foot long; and the 6 1/2 foot. Maine-mica snowflake pendant created by Jim Mann of Mt. Mann Jewelers. The arms were 30-foot spruce trees; 3 truck-loader tires for buttons; and 2,000 foot of rope hair!

Anyway, skiing….

Skiing Sunday River, Maine

Skiing Sunday River, Maine

Conclusions:  Great trip.  Two great days of skiing, and it was a shame we lost one due to wind and low cloud.  The slopes were pretty much empty and there were no lift lines.

Next stop: Killington….

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