Loon Mountain

Loon Mountain, New Hampshire

Written by Greg and Heather Burke

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.

Elevation

Base
950 feet
Base
Summit
3050 feet
Summit
Vertical Drop
2100 feet
Vertical Drop

Lifts

Gondola & Tram
1
Gondola & Tram
High Speed Quads
3
High Speed Quads
Quad Chair
1
Quad Chair
Triple Chair
1
Triple Chair
Double Chairs
3
Double Chairs
Surface Lifts
3
Surface Lifts

Terrain

Beginner Runs
20 %
Beginner Runs
Intermediate Runs
60 %
Intermediate Runs
Advanced Runs
17 %
Advanced Runs
Expert Runs
3 %
Expert Runs
Total Runs
61
Total Runs
Terrain Parks
6
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
2 miles
Longest Run
Skiable Terrain
370 acres
Skiable Terrain
Snowmaking Area
322 acres
Snowmaking Area

Opening and closing dates

Season Open Date Close Date
2017/2018 11/21/2017 (estimated) 04/15/2018 (estimated)
2016/2017 11/23/2016 04/16/2017
2015/2016 11/25/2015 04/10/2016
2014/2015 11/15/2014 04/19/2015

Lift ticket and season pass prices

Category Age restrictions Price (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult 19 - 64 $96
Child 6 - 12 $57
Child 13 - 18 $66
Senior 65 - 79 $66
Season Pass
(2017-18 Gold New England Pass)
$1,349

Overall Rating

3.9 / 5 based on 6 reviews
Paul Lucot

Loon is a nice big mountain, but it tends to draw a crowd, and a bit more of the crowd that flocks (pun intended) to ski resorts in their Land Rovers and Mercedees, more concerned about the apres and the groomers than the powder and the trees. I've been there for half price Sunday afternoons mostly because I'm a dirt bag skier.

Posted on Nov 08, 2017
Anthony Dinh-Le from New York

Going there as a kid, I only have good memories. The trails were typically well maintained and the staff was always friendly and available to help. I would definitely come back sometime.

Posted on Oct 19, 2017
Ralph from Maryland

Long runs

Posted on May 07, 2011
Ryan Short

Very accessible resort with gorgeous groomed slopes off the Kangamangus highway in NH. The town of North Conway has great lodging and restaurants nearby as well. Great for families, and beginner/intermediate skiiers. Park also top notch. Advanced/Expert skiiers may find themselves bored by few challenging trails and glades are hit or miss with limited snowfall of the East Coast, but if a big dump occurs, there is some very accessible and fun side country to be had.

Posted on Nov 05, 2017
Michelle from Vermont

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.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012
Tricia from Rhode Island

Easy to get to, trails for all levels, night life limited, trail conditions good early and late season, mid season great.

Posted on Aug 09, 2009