Overview of Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
Written by Jack Lee
Among the reasons to ski Loon are, the most snowmaking in NH, the most lodging options in the skiers’ town of Lincoln, and three unique mountain peaks to ski. Loon is NH's second-largest ski resort, with Bretton Woods being the biggest. With over 370 acres spread across three peaks served by 12 lifts, Loon has lots to offer skiers and riders from long groomed boulevards to tight tree-lined trails that twist and turn down the mountain, and several edgy terrain parks.
Loon's base to peak gondola is one of NH's best ski lifts getting you almost the full 2,000' vertical, with beautiful White Mountain views during your swift ascent to classic trails like Flying Fox, Picked Rock and Bear Claw. Loon's highest skiing on North Peak at 3,050’ provides great scenes of Mount Washington and wide wild runs like Flume and Walking Boss. South Peak which joined Loon's trail count in 2008 is closest to the village of Lincoln. Here skiers find a half dozen long blue and black diamond runs served by a swift quad and a connector lift back to the Loon Peak.
Loon Mountain resort has three base areas, the Octagon Lodge is where you will find Loon's gondola, ski services, a ski shop, the Adventure Center for zip lining, après ski at Paul Bunyan's, snow tubing and the best on mountain lodging at The Mountain Club at Loon, just steps from the first gondola. Governor's Pavilion is the next base, the Kancamagus Quad emanates from here, and in the Governors Lodge is Babe the Blue Ox Lounge upstairs. The South Peak base is the newest - where you will find The Lincoln Express Quad, Pemigewasset Base Camp yurt, Loon's Lincoln Peak Village, this will be the new home to Loon's Children's Center with lessons, the magic carpet, and a new Day Lodge.
Loon is a popular place, with its proximity to I93 and the plethora of condos in Lincoln, so it does get busy on weekends - particularly with lines at the Gondola. On the positive side, there is plenty to do at Loon and in Lincoln and Woodstock, lots of great restaurants like the Common Man, Gypsy, Woodstock Brewpub, shopping at The Inn at Mills Falls and ski shops like Lahouts, Lincoln even has a movie theatre.
The best place to stay is The Mountain Club at Loon’s base, which has a fantastic Black Diamond restaurant and an outdoor heated pool and hot tub right on the slopes. In 2012, The Mountain Club at Loon underwent a $9 million facelift, so not only is it the most convenient place to stay - but also now the most up to date with a beautiful Spa.
Loon Mountain is owned by Boyne Resorts, the parent company of Sunday River and Sugarloaf in Maine as well as Michigan ski resorts, Big Sky Montana, Brighton in Utah, Crystal in Washington, and Cypress in British Columbia.
Loon is a favorite for the terrain because it too has a little bit of everything. The gondola helps on cold days. Their blue terrain is worthy of caution and the black diamonds will give you a thrill. The view from the top looking toward Mount Washington is stunning.
Easy to get to, trails for all levels, night life limited, trail conditions good early and late season, mid season great.