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Coming hot off the heels of a bumpin’ party at One Love Brewery in Lincoln, New Hampshire, the FREESKIER squad hit the road East to the great state of Maine. Our search for the best après-ski bars in North America led us to The Matterhorn, just down the road from Sunday River, where we were kindly greeted by locals and visitors alike.

The first order of business, per usual, was hooking folks up with free drink tickets. This kicked things off with a bang and the bar ramped up quickly.

Maine’s ski culture is both rich and fascinating—leading to some awesome conversations with party-goers. People live to ski ice (and, fortunately, a good amount of powder this season) and brave the cold, meaning they appreciate a good après session wholeheartedly. It was immediately clear that we were in the right place at the right time...

We’d been handing out raffle tickets throughout the event, and the time soon came to give out some ski gear to eager folks in the crowd. Holy moly, they were PSYCHED.

The 12th stop of the Elevated Après Tour couldn’t have gone any better. Thanks to the good people of Maine, and particularly the folks who run The Matterhorn, we had a total blast, as did all the skiers who attended our party. Next, we head to Vermont to host the final three stops of the 15-stop tour. First up is Stowe, followed by Killington and Stratton. With Presidents Day weekend crowds and great skiing conditions in the Green Mountains, it’ll surely be a great time. Come hang, East Coasters!


White Cap has something for everyone, including steeps, cliffs, groomers, glades and even learning terrain. With three lifts servicing over 20 trails, plus a rad base lodge that houses Shipyard Brew Haus, it’s a great spot for skiing with groups of varying abilities and offers direct access to the signature expert trail, White Heat.

Another great option for those more interested in terrain parks is North Peak. Accessed by the Chondola and North Peak Express, this zone is home to T72, a 15-acre super park. The top section of T72 features a rotating mix of jibs and snow features, the middle section has a halfpipe along the right and large jump line along the left and the bottom section is full of a huge jib garden. Located right next door is 3D, a medium-sized park with jumps in the upper section and a collection of jibs and jumps along the center and lower sections. Sunday River is where the one and only Simon Dumont learned how to throw down, and that’s really all you need to know at the end of the day.


Camp, located in the Grand Summit Hotel, embodies the feeling of a cabin in the Maine woods. It offers seasonally-inspired menus with elevated comfort food, and is the perfect place for a quaint seated dinner or to saddle up at the bar.


The aforementioned Grand Summit Hotel is the place to be. It has all the bells and whistles a skier could ever want: outdoor heated pool with a hot tub; fitness and health center with a sauna; super ballin’ rooms; and, last but not least, slopeside location so you can enjoy the ski-in-ski-out luxury. The place is massive, too, meaning there’s usually room for you and you crew, even if it’s a spur-of-the-moment trip.


This season, Sunday River opened The Mountain Room in the Peak Lodge, in conjunction with Portland, Maine chef and restaurateur Harding Lee Smith. In this first phase, The Mountain Room features a full bar and a rotating menu of small plates for sharing. Also on the scene in terms of dining is the Saltbox Café, Maine’s only tiny house food truck, which is parked in Barker basin for the winter.