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Sunday River's Jordan Bowl

What to Bring

Snow sports
equipment (rentals at the Jordan
Grand Hotel)
  Helmet (strongly
recommended for all ages)
Waterproof jacket   Waterproof gloves
Lip balm   Sun lotion
Painkiller   Snow pants
Wool or sport
socks
  Glove straps for
kids
Goggles or
sunglasses with strap
   
 

Specs

  Directions
 
This route includes toll sections: you will need $2.00 when crossing the NH border, and $1.50 through Maine
From Boston: Take Route 1 north for 10-13 miles
Merge onto Route 95 north
Continue on Route 95 through NH and Maine for 100 miles
Take exit 63, which is marked for Gray
(This used to be exit 11, but now that the
turnpike construction is finished, it has been renumbered)
Use Rte 202/ME 4 to get to route 26
Follow this two-lane road for 25 miles to
Paris; watch the signs so that you remain on rte 26 when going through towns
After Paris, you will travel another 20 miles to Bethel
Just before entering Bethel, turn right on
route 2 and following the signs to the
Sunday River resort; you will take a left just before the Sunday River Brewing Company
After passing the Sunday River X-C ski
center on your left, you will be headingup the access road to South Ridge, and the
lodging located at the base
  Good to know in advance
 
To book packages and get snow and
weather information
www.sundayriver.com or call
207-824-3000

Jordan Grand Hotel check-in/check out:
4:30 pm / 10:30 am

Lift tickets can be purchased at the Jordan Grand Hotel front desk area; you can also retrieve your discounted e-tickets there
Snow sports equipment can be rented at
the Jordan Grand Hotel, or at the South
Ridge area (a 15 minutes drive)
Parking at the Jordan lots is usually easy; a hang-tag indicating that you are a hotel
guest is necessary, but here is a second lot farther down the road where day-trippers may be permitted
Parking at the South Ridge base area can be difficult; arrive early unless you have a parking space included with your onsite
accommodations
If your condo includes a kitchen: bring food from home or stop in Oxford, Maine at
Hannaford's market just across from Wal-
Mart (open until 10 pm) or at the IGA in
Bethel (15 min drive down from the resort)
Portland, Maine (about halfway to the
resort) is a possible roadside stop, or, once you leave the turnpike, you will meander
through a series of towns with restaurants and gas stations here and there
Do not speed on route 26, since the route is closely monitored by patrols
  Etiquette
 
Obey all postings and follow the code listed on the Sunday River trail map
Announce yourself when overtaking
slower skiers
Stay courteous on the slopes, especially
with skiers of different abilities and skill
levels
 
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Sunday River's Jordan Bowl
 
 

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Difficulty: 3/5
  Time from Boston: 3.5 hours
  Duration: Weekend/ Overnight
  Cost:

From $57 per adult (lift ticket)

  Main activity:

Alpine Skiing

 
 
 
 
At the opposite end of the eight peaks that comprise the Sunday River snowsports area is the Jordan Bowl, accessible from ski-in and ski-out lodging mid-way up the mountain.

The Jordan Bowl at Sunday River provides an out-of-the-way starting point from which you can traverse all eight peaks of this large ski and boarding area. With the bulk of Sunday River's lodging, dining and board/ski lesson program based 15 minutes drive away at the South Ridge, the Jordan is a great location for those who prefer to start the day out on the slopes in solitude. See destination Sunday River's South Ridge for more information on the resort.

The resort has a 2,340 foot drop, one of the largest in New England. With terrain spread evenly between trails for "experts", "advanced", "intermediates" and "novices", this provides a good range for groups that include boarders and skiers at all levels. Sunday River is friendly to both skiers and riders, and a serious commitment to snowmaking makes this a very reliable New England destination throughout the winter.

For the 2004-2005 season, single day lift ticket prices are as follows:
$57 for an adult ticket (19+)
$53 for young adults (13-18)
$40 for Juniors (6-12) and Seniors (65+)
Free for kids under 5

As usual, tickets are discounted for multiple days (for example $102 for a two-day adult pass) and increase by a couple of dollars during holidays (12/25 to 1/2, 1/15 to 1/17, 2/19 to 2/25). You can get a 10% discount if you buy multi-day e-tickets online at least 14 days in advance.

The Jordan side of the resort offers a number of glade experiences, which are only opened up when this area has experienced a good season of natural snow.

The ski-on ski-off accommodation is the Jordan Grand Hotel, which offers small hotel, studio, and regular rooms to 3-bedroom suites. Some may find the comparative isolation of the Jordan reminiscent of the Nicholson film, "The Shining", but if you have a taste for a quieter, more personal snow sports experience that combines amenities with adventure, this is the place for you.

Many rooms include small kitchenettes which are adequate for cooking basic meals. The hotel also includes two restaurants which tend to alternate meal service at peak times. Sliders offers a great view of skiers and boarders cruising down the slopes, and the restaurant converts to a lively bar in the evenings with live music on occasion. Ski and Stay packages start at $59.95; check Sunday River's website at www.sundayriver.com/ before making a reservation, as new packages are regularly offered.

If you prefer to stay close to most of Sunday River accommodations and amenities, then set up camp at the South Ridge