Sunday River gears up for annual parrot head festival

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 29, 2011 10:06 am

Sunday River Resort is gathering all the lost shakers of salt and forming cheeseburgers in paradise in preparation for its annual spring event: Parrot Head Festival! Join thousands of skiers and riders as they descend upon the resort April 1-3, 2011, for Jimmy Buffett-inspired parties, costume contests, a pond-skimming competition, the Bust ‘n’ Burn moguls challenge, and more-all thanks to the Parrot Head Club of The Northern Tropics’ efforts to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The 2011 Parrot Head Festival promises to deliver this year with over 20 individual events scheduled all weekend long in and around the White Cap Base Lodge area, the Tempest and White Heat trails, and at the Foggy Goggle in the South Ridge Base Lodge.

The weekend kicks off Friday night with live music by Rog & Ray from 2-5pm at the Foggy Goggle before the official Parrot Head Prime-Up Party at White Cap Base Lodge where Parrot Head favorites Pirate Dreams and the Boat Drunks will play tunes to remind people of life in the tropics.

Saturday, the action starts with Corona Brothers playing slopeside at White Cap Lodge from 11:30am until 2pm, the Boat Drunks again from 2-4:30pm, and Pirate Dreams from 4:30-7pm. Also, there will be awards for the best costumes at 2pm and the annual Margarita Mix-Off at 3pm.

What’s more, Parrot Heads can party well into Saturday evening with the Calypso Cowboys and Changes in Latitudes at the Foggy Goggle in the South Ridge Base Lodge.

The fun continues Sunday at 11am when Sunday River hosts its annual pond-skimming competition where skiers and riders do their best to make it across a custom-created pond at the bottom of Tempest. At 1pm, more contestants try their luck devouring Key Lime pies from local piemaker Valley View Orchard Pies at the resort’s annual pie-eating contest. Finally, the day’s slopeside entertainment from Changes in Latitude carries on slopeside from noon to 3:30pm.

Saturday and Sunday, the White Heat Trail will be home to the Bust ‘n’ Burn moguls challenge where locals and visitors, amateurs and professionals all vie to become Bust ‘n’ Burn Champion 2011! It’s a great event for both competitors and spectators alike.

Parrot Head Festival doubles as a fundraising weekend. A portion of the proceeds from the festival benefits Maine’s Make-A-Wish Foundation in a collaborative effort between the Parrot Head Club of The Northern Tropics and Sunday River. Each year’s Parrot Head Festival presented by Bud Lime raises approximately $6,000. More information on the Parrot Head Club is available at

Ski and stay packages are available from $99 per person, per night for Parrot Head Weekend. Further information on these and other Sunday River events and lodging specials is available at, or by calling (800) 543-2754 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (800) 543-2754      end_of_the_skype_highlighting