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Loon Mountain

Loon Mountain Ski Resort Guide

Loon Mountain, United States

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length31km19 miles
Highest Lift930m3,051ft
Resort Height290m951ft
 Nearest AirportsManchester-Boston and Nashua (Boire Field)
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Loon Mountain

Nestled within the White Mountain National Forest, Loon Mountain shares its heritage with the hardy loggers of old New England. A spirit of rugged individualism and love of the outdoors are cherished traditions at Loon.

Summary

The American ski resort of Loon Mountain is at an altitude of 290m951ft, with 31km19 miles of marked runs.

Loon Mountain has direct access to 31km19 miles of downhill skiing, served by a total of 10 ski lifts.

The skiing is at relatively low altitude, so snow cover can be variable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Loon Mountain?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Loon Mountain.

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Ski Area Stats

Loon Mountain Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Downhill
Total Length
31km19 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
24km15 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
10

Altitudes

Loon Mountain Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift930m3,051ft
Lowest Piste290m951ft
Resort Altitude (Loon Mountain)290m951ft
Max Vertical640m2,100ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Loon Mountain
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Loon Mountain Overview

Nestled within the White Mountain National Forest, Loon Mountain shares its heritage with the hardy loggers of old New England. A spirit of rugged individualism and love of the outdoors are cherished traditions at Loon.

Loon was established in 1966 when a new highway into the White Mountains opened up access possibilities to a hundred square miles of mountain wilderness. Loon Mountain was chosen as the best location due to its fairly gentle inclines suitable for the intermediate skier, well-sheltered, northeast-facing slope and only scattered glacial boulders. The proximity to the nearby town of Lincoln and endorsement by Sel Hannah, a former Olympic skier who had planned over a hundred ski areas across the United States clinched the development.

In 1998, Booth Creek Resorts purchased Loon Mountain. Booth Creek owns or operates resorts across the United States. However in 2007 the company sold the resort to an investment company on the understanding that Booth Creek continued to operate it. This allowed for finance in resort development to move forward and a long planned South Peak Expandsion began, bringing more lifts (two quads in the first year), more terrain and new resort base development.

Today the resort is busy year round and has two base stations, linked by the quaint old JE Henry Steam Railroad.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Loon Mountain is 4km2 miles long.

Skiing

From the Peak of Loon Mountain forty-four trails and five tree runs stretch out below, each artistically designed and well maintained. There's top-to-bottom snowmaking and a commitment to grooming on a range of runs that include tree skiing, mogul fields, steeps and cruisers.

Loon's terrain has been carefully developed over the years with expert slopes on the North Peak complementing the flattering intermediate pistes that wind their way down through the trees. East Basin, originally declared too steep to ski in, also provides challenges for expert skiers.

To make the best of your day on the mountain and find the emptier slopes, head to the upper mountain first when you arrive then head west to the Kanc quad midmorning. Eat lunch early or late to avoid the 11:00 to 1:00 lunch crunch and ski the upper mountain again while other guests are eating.

For beginners, Loon Ski School's famous Get Good Quick teaching method aims to get newbies gliding gracefully at the end of their first day. They also organise women's getaways and popular Flying 50s Plus special offers for older skiers and boarders.

The resort also has some unique annual races including the Briefcase Race to raise money for charity. Guests compete every March dressed in full business attire and carrying a brief case.

Cross-country skiers can head out on to 35 km of groomed and tracked trails that wind along the Pemigewasset River and climb through the forest.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

Loon is consistently voted one of the top terrain parks in the East and in North America. Check out the new Shaping Shack and two new re-designed parks for 2008-09.

The resort invested over $75,000, blasted close to 5,000 cubic yards of rock and ledge and moved more than 10,000 cubic yards of dirt for its in-ground Superpipe. The 400-foot Superpipe is located at the bottom of Loon Mountain Park, between Lower Picked Rock and Picaroon trails.

This made way for more terrain features, including more than 40 jibs, around half of them rails, plus funboxes; a second halfpipe, and another whole terrain park, the New Park, located on Lower Northstar. It is designed for those just starting out or honing their skills. There's snowmaking to ensure the parks open as early as possible each winter.

Location and Map

Where is Loon Mountain?

This ski resort is in Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Loon Mountain is Manchester-Boston, 94 minutes drive away.

Nashua (Boire Field), Burlington, Portland and Boston (Logan Intl) airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 10 ski lifts are able to uplift 14,315 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 109km68 miles of ski runs, with 600 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Loon Mountain open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Loon Mountain, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Loon Mountain Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

Loon has several après spots worthy of your time. You can also find a wider choice in nearby Lincoln or further afield in the White Mountains.

The Paul Bunyan Room is the original apres gathering spot at Loon, and it's still the ONLY place for many who frequent it. The unique atmosphere, friendly staff, flowing beer, and rockin' apres entertainment make it a good place to unwind after a day on the slopes.

Located in the upper level of the Governor Adams Lodge, Babe's Blue Ox usually has a lively atmosphere and often lays on apres entertainment. Try the signature Lumberjack and Paul Bunyan hot sandwiches. This is a must place to visit while at Loon. It's a great spot to watch events taking place on the west basin trails, too.

Or just cozy up with a hot spiced cider, special coffee, or seasonal micro-brewed beer at the Hearthside Pub in the Octagon Lodge.

Loon Mountain