Sunday River Brings the Beach to the Slopes

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 2, 2012 5:53 pm

Sunday River LogoWe’re presumably all mountain people here, but who say’s you can’t enjoy beach living, too?  April 6-8, Sunday River Resort is bringing beach culture, i.e. the Jimmy Buffet lifestyle, to the slopes.  The aptly named Parrothead Festival will be a weekend to remember with Jimmy Buffet-inspired outdoor parties with fun contests, pond skimming, and live entertainment.  And, of course, margaritas. 

Ski and stay packages will be offered for the occasion starting at $109 per person/per night including lodging and a lift ticket.  Parrothead festivities will span the entire resort throughout the weekend.  All three base lodges will be involved.

In typical Jimmy-style, Sunday River will party with purpose.  Part of the proceeds from the Festival will be donated to the New England Organ Bank in conjunction with the Parrot Head Club of the Northern Tropics.  This is the oldest independent organ procurement organization in the country and provides aid, support, and information to clinics, hospitals, donors, and the public. 

Kick off the weekend on Friday night at the Foggy Goggle in South Ridge Base Lodge with live music. Velorasorus and reggae band Hammer Dub have all your dancing needs covered as you surround yourself with sounds of the Caribbean. Cocabanana, PanNeubean Steel, and Parrotbeach will be playing Saturday at the White Cap base area.  There will also be a Spam-carving contest, a costume contest, and a margarita mix-off.  Local restaurants and their bartenders will battle it out for the best margarita.  In this situation, everyone wins.  This is clearly an un-beatable activity.

Head back to the South Ridge to the Foggy Goggle Saturday night to catch the Nikki Hunt Band with fireworks over the South Ridge base area. 

Sunday morning starts with Sunday River’s annual Easter Egg hunt at South Ridge followed by the annual pond-skimming contest at Barker Basin.  While the pond skimming is usually done at White Cap, the change in venue is to make the event bigger and better with a deeper, wider pond.  This highly anticipated and entertaining affair involved skiers and riders of all ages go from snow to water and—hopefully—back again.  

If you didn’t get to Parrotbeach’s first performance, you’ll have another chance Sunday afternoon slopeside at White Cap Base Lodge just before Sunday River’s Key Lime pie-eating contest.  With delicious homemade pies from a family-owned business in Hebron, Maine, Valley View Orchard, this is another occasion in which taking third is as fun as winning the blue ribbon.  

Say goodbye to winter and celebrate spring and all things Caribbean.  Visit Sunday River’s website for more information and a full schedule of events.