Sunday River ranks among the best in New England for snowmaking and grooming. Recently Sunday River has upped its food game as well. Great additions like The Mountain Room at the Peak Lodge, Camp in the Grand Summit Hotel, Cho Sun in the South Ridge Lodge, and Trails End in Les Otten’s chalet (founder of the defunct American Skiing Company) formerly Phoenix House and Rockin & Roastin.
Sunday River’s latest is The Mountain Room in the Peak Lodge. Chef Harding Lee Smith of Portland’s famous Rooms Restaurants, opens this beautiful bar serving slates, toasts and boards – charcuterie plates, pate and duck and pork sliders, plus Maine craft beers and wines. The Mountain Room is open for small plates, bar drinks, lunch and après ski when the Peak Lodge is open. Stay tuned for the slope side deck and fire pits coming to the Mountain Room.
A special treat for dinner is Sunday River Dining at the Peak by Chondola select weekend nights. You board the Chondola at South Ridge in the evening, while night skiers whiz by, and you are delivered to a candlelight setting in the North Peak lodge for a gourmet dinner, wine, and live music for a price fixe. Certain nights are family oriented – kids will love having dinner with Eddy and Betty the Yeti – Sunday River’s big furry mascots. After a chef prepared dinner, you download on the chondola under the stars and a warm blanket in your gondola car passing over the ski slopes and the groomers prepping the slopes for you the next ski day.
For après ski at Sunday River, The Foggy Goggle is still the best. The place rocks with live bands and a view of the ski slopes at South Ridge. The menu at Foggy Google is pub fare, casual and comfy. If the kids want to keep skiing, or night skiing, parents can watch from the second floor window tables. Down the mountain road, Matterhorn Ski Bar is another iconic après ski bar with live music and wood-fired pizzas – perfect after a day of skiing.
Formerly Les Otten’s Phoenix House and Aerosmith Drummer Joey Kramer’s Rockin & Roastin, The Trails End restaurant overlooks Sunday River’s South Ridge base and slopes. This family friendly pub is run by a Gould Academy ski family.
In the Grand Summit Hotel, Camp is a cool Maine themed restaurant serving local food, casual comfort dishes like mac n cheese, meatloaf, and salmon, loaded Maine potato dishes, and a gorgeous Maine cheese board served by plaid clad waiters. Breakfast at Camp includes Sunday Riveran omelet bar and real hash browns and beef hash – -very campy.
At the Jordan Grand Hotel at Sunday River, Sliders is the main dining restaurant, with a menu to please most every palate. Sliders is great for a ski in ski hut lunch, just off the Lollapalooza trail. Also for lunch, look for Sunday River’s food trucks, Maine-ly Meatballs and the classic Waffle Cabin.