Best Options for Non-Skiers Visiting Sunday River

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Coming to Sunday River is a complete vacation for most families, but some of us have family members or friends that may not love the sport as much as we do. Have no fear, however: here is a reminder of the many other activities available to try on-mountain as well as off for your family and friends to enjoy!


Sno-Go Bikes

Want to hit the slopes, just not on a pair of skis or a board? Introducing Sno-Gos, AKA Ski biking. Sno-go bikes are the perfect option for the reluctant skier. Bike rentals are available with advanced reservations outside the Adult & Private Clinic office in the SnowSports School. For your first time out, you’ll take a 90-minute lesson with a coach from our SnowSports School with a half-day rental. Lift ticket is not included, and advanced reservations are required.

Jordan Spa

If you’re hoping to relax the day away instead of shredding pow, look no further than the Jordan Spa. Located conveniently in the Jordan Hotel, the Spa offers luxurious body treatments and massages, with add-ons such as a hot oil scalp massage, a hot stone treatment, and aromatherapy available as well. Try the classic Mountain Serenity treatment to rejuvenate your skin and relax your body.

Options for Foodies

Here at Sunday River, we have plenty of options across the resort for good eats. There are even special themed nights that everyone, skiers and non-skiers, have to check out. Visiting us on a Monday? Head over to Camp for Local’s Burger Night, where you can snag a $5 beer with your tasty burger – and there’s vegetarian options too. Tuesday means tacos at Foggy Goggle, where you can build your own taco or nosh on the famous Foggy Nachos and margaritas. On Wednesday it’s time for some Italian comfort food at Sliders, where you can find appetizer and pasta specials all night.


Celebrate with us every Saturday night at South Ridge lodge. Sunday River offers fireworks displays each week during the winter season, as well as during some holiday weeks. On select Saturdays, Amelia from Black Diamond Entertainment brings us a fire dancing show unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Catch Amelia twice, at 6:15 and 6:45PM, and then stick around for the fireworks at 7PM.


The town of Bethel has been in the Top Ten Ski Towns in the USA for years now, and offers lots to do for the non-skier. Check out some of these options in town and at nearby Grafton Notch State Park.

Gem Theater

Open this season with lots of COVID-19 precautions, the Gem Theater offers new releases and family classics for all to enjoy. The Gem is part theater, part gallery, part live music venue, and serves the best popcorn in town. Tickets can be purchased online in advance to secure your spot. Masks must be worn during the show.

Maine Mineral and Gem Museum

Perfect for a day in-town, the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum offers free admission daily except when closed on Tuesdays. Check out the Meteorite Gallery, the Discovery Gallery, or the Museum Store for a perfect take-home trinket to remember your Bethel visit.

Nordic Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Fat-Tire Biking

While we here at Sunday River Real Estate are partial to downhill skiing, there is plenty of fun to be had on cross-country skis, snowshoes, or on a fat-tire bike, as well. There are two Nordic centers in Bethel – Carter’s XC Ski Center on Intervale Rd, and the Bethel Village Trails, found right behind the Bethel Inn on Broad St. Both can outfit you in a full cross-country set up, and you can also rent snowshoes and fat-tire bikes. Lessons are available for all skill levels. Bethel is Maine’s Nordic and snowshoe capital, so you definitely don’t want to miss these awesome trails.

Ice Climbing

Just outside Bethel, in Grafton Notch State Park, Equinox Guiding Service offers full-day adventures for beginning climbers and those more experienced in the sport. All gear is provided by the guides. This is one way to experience winter you won’t find on a ski hill!

About the Author
julia young

Working in real estate has given me the opportunity to share this special place. I am honored to offer my sellers and buyers the knowledge I've gained from years of real estate experience, but more importantly, to share their passion for the ski resort and the Bethel area. Whether you are buying or selling, I will communicate, advocate, and share my expertise. I fell in love with Bethel as a Gould student athlete, but I grew up skiing the slopes of Sunday River and Mt. Abrams with my family every weekend,  and it's where I learned to ski at four years old. Skiing as a family was a choice my parents made and one of the reasons we moved to Maine.

I started my real estate career in 2000, and have built and sold several homes in the area. I currently live in Bethel with my daughter, Charlotte Lambert. She attends Gould Academy and among her many interests is a passion for ski racing. She is learning the student athlete balance and a love for the outdoors. 

We are the official real estate company for Sunday River, and in turn, we have the largest marketing base of any real estate company in the area. We cover the entire western Maine mountain region, selling homes, land, waterfront, house packages, commercial, and seasonal rentals. The ski industry and Sunday River move at a fast pace. Working with Sunday River Real Estate affords our clients the most up-to-date information about the resort. For expert knowledge of resort changes and real estate developments, please join our newsletter. I look forward to working with you!