Fall festivities are wrapping up these next two weeks at Sunday River and those of us that live in the area are switching gears in preparation for chilly temps, a quiet November, and, of course snow guns in action.

The annual fall festival at Sunday River was a success – reporting Elliot and Giana Storey as winners of the North American Wife Carrying Championship. Thousands of people from all across the country came to participate and spectate as Columbus Day weekend always entertains. Now that early bird pricing on seasons passes and discount ski deals are behind us, the food and lodging industry professionals are buckled down to make the start of this season a success.

Typically, Barker Mountain (Lift 8) is first to open at Sunday River- this normally happens on October 31st, with a free lift ticket if you are dressed-to-impress in your best Halloween gear. All thanks to snow making ability and years of experience. This year, however lift 8 will not be first to open. For the first time in history Sunday River will run lift 2, the South Ridge Quad first. What this means for early bird skiers is shorter runs, easier slopes, different conditions- but- an après ski beverage served at the Foggy Goggle earlier in the season than would be on normal opening day.

No one seems to know how long the work on life 8 will take and this leads me to wonder if we’ll see North Peak open next. It does seem logical that the snow making on Dream Maker would be the next progression. This is my guess, but we’ll have to wait and see what the snow makers decide.

For those of you determined to make first turns- we’ll see you in November at South Ridge!