Sunday River, Maine OPEN Tomorrow… Maybe…

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Sunday River, ME, yesterday
Sunday River, ME, yesterday

Sunday River ski resort in Maine hopes to be open this Saturday (ie tomorrow).  They’d initially planed to be open for the full weekend, but they’ve experienced higher than forecasted temperatures today which forced them to cancel snowmaking.  This morning they’ve announced that they are going to make a game time decision on wether they will be open or not tomorrow at 6:30am tomorrow morning:

“We’re still aiming to open tomorrow, but the weather has taken a turn for the worse. As such, we’re going to make the call tomorrow at 6:30 a.m. as to whether or now we can open, and here are the reasons why:

It’s much warmer than any of us expected, snowmaking has stopped, temperatures do not look favorable moving forward, leaving each and every one of us thinking: we’ll be damned if we go back on our word to you about tomorrow being opening day. If there was ever a testament to the dedication of our teams to you, it was illustrated this afternoon by 20 plus men boarding the Locke Mountain Triple. They weren’t going up to ski first tracks, they were going up there to physically move snow for tomorrow’s opening day. None of us are ready to admit defeat, but there’s a chance that we may.  

Sunday River
Sunday River, ME

So what does this mean? It means that despite our snowmaking efforts since Tuesday there will be walking to the mid-station in addition to downloading to the base. It means that we’ll continue to make snow whenever we can, but it’s going to take a stretch to make the amount of snow most of you are used to expecting on opening day. It means that the coverage is variable, so when we say for advanced skiers and snowboarders only, we really really mean it. It means that opening day conditions won’t be up to our standards, despite even our best efforts. And finally, it means that even if we’re able to open tomorrow, we need to set some expectations.

So…if you’re looking for tremendous conditions and ample snow coverage—get ready for the most honest snow report assessment maybe, like, ever—this weekend isn’t for you. If you want to come up, check things out, ski a little, and check out our progress, come on up and say hello. 
Keep thinking cold thoughts and we’ll continue to too. Tomorrow’s update will be here at 6:30 a.m. with news on whether we’ll be able to make the first turns of the season or not.

Team Snow” Sunday River

Recent snowmaking at sunday river, ME
Recent snowmaking at sunday river, ME

If they open, they’ll have the Locke Mountain Triple chair spinning from 8am – 3:30pm.  T2 and Upper Sunday Punch trails will be open.  Lift tickets, if they open, will be #29 for everyone, 2013/14 season passes will work.

We’ve got our fingers crossed for cold temperatures tonight.

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