Lincoln, NH

Mountain: Loon Mountain
Resort Name: Loon Mountain Resort

Description of the mountain:  
Ranked #1 for access and in the Top Ten Best in the East in SKI Magazine’s 2010 Reader Resort Survey, Loon Mountain has invested $20 million in the past five years to add additional terrain, uphill capacity, and state-of-the-art snowmaking and grooming technology, and continues its commitment to a great guest experience today. The most recent $1.4 million investment added four new trails and 160 additional Low-E tower snow guns, some of the latest grooming technology, to this east coast skiing mecca.
Loon Mountain is New England’s most accessible mountain resort destination, offering 2,100 feet of vertical and three peaks-worth of terrain variety. This family-friendly ski mountain allows skiers to choose from gentle beginner slopes, long cruisers, steeps and tree skiing, a full progression of seven terrain parks, as well as a halfpipe and superpipe. Loon’s Snowsports School offers programs for all ages and abilities and the Adventure Center features cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, equipment rental, tours, an indoor climbing wall and a zip line.
The convenient location, only three miles off I-93, makes it an easy two-hour drive from Boston and a scenic 40-minute drive along the Kancamagus Highway from New Hampshire’s famed Mount Washington Valley.
Nestled at the base of Loon Mountain, South Peak Resort has become one of the premier New Hampshire ski resort locations. Whether you’re looking for a New Hampshire resort experience or a vacation home getaway, South Peak Resort is the place for you. From great Loon Mountain skiing and hiking trails to shopping and fishing, year-round fun awaits.

The Loon Mountain ski resort community offers some of the best skiing in New Hampshire, welcoming skiers and snowboarders every year to enjoy its beauty.  In the summertime, you can traverse hiking trails that wind through the White Mountain National Forest or relax in the great outdoors while fly fishing the Pemigewasset River.

For those who wish to get the most out of Loon Mountain, South Peak Resort has ownership opportunities available. Gorgeous custom homes that take advantage of this prime New Hampshire resort location are perfect for making long term memories with your family. If you’re looking for a second home or vacation destination in the White Mountains, our Loon Mountain ski resort might just be the place for you.

History:  When the Kancamagus Highway was being constructed between Lincoln and Conway in 1960-61, Sherman Adams, former New Hampshire governor and President Eisenhower's chief of staff, saw more than just a road. Over 100 square miles of wilderness would be opened up, and Adams knew there was a good ski mountain along the route.
Adams was no stranger to these parts. As a member of the Dartmouth Outing Club during his undergraduate studies, Sherm got to know the White Mountains. His endurance in these mountains was legendary - he once walked 75 miles from Littleton to Hanover in one day. During summer school vacations, he signed on with the Appalachian Mountain Club trail crew and helped locate, cut, and maintain the extensive AMC trail system throughout the White Mountains.
In February, 1964, Adams strapped on snowshoes and revisited some of the area on Loon Mountain. With fairly gentle inclines suitable for intermediate skiers and only scattered glacial boulders, Loon Mountain was a well-sheltered, northeast-facing slope. Close to town and the soon-to-be-built Interstate highway, Adams believed this was a good location, and set out to find an expert who agreed with him.
Proving the feasibility of Adams' plan was up to Sel Hannah, former Olympic skier and fellow Dartmouth grad. Sel had planned over 100 ski areas across the United States. Hannah spent a week in the woods on Loon Mountain. He returned a positive verdict. It would “not be an Olympic mountain,” he told Adams. “But the kids, mothers and fathers would love it.”
After 2 years of preparation, Loon opened for business on December 27, 1966. Over 30,000 skier visits were recorded by season's end.
Two years later, Loon opened the East Basin, an area Hannah originally declared “too steep to ski in”. With its own chairlift, this area could challenge even the most rugged experts, and established Loon's reputation for having something for any skier.
During the 1980s, Loon virtually doubled its size. More novice and intermediate terrain opened in the West Basin, along with additional expert trails on North Peak.
In 1983 Loon started a master development plan to expand to the adjacent South Peak. In 2005 Loon Mountain sold 324 acres of private land at the base of South Peak to Centex Destination Properties (CDP). CDP began developing private homesites and condominium units.

After 24 years, Sherman Adam’s dream became reality. In December, 2007, Loon opened South Peak for skiing and riding, with 60 acres of new terrain and 2 new lifts. In the following years, Loon added several additional trails, including Rip Saw, Loon's first double-black diamond run. More terrain is slated for possible development in the future.
Sherman Adams died in 1986 at the age of 87. His legacy of hard work, quality conditions, and “skier first” service continues at Loon. Today, Loon Mountain offers New Hampshire's biggest skiing on 2,100 feet of vertical with 47 trails, 6 tree skiing areas, 6 terrain parks, superpipe and halfpipe. Readers of SKI Magazine consistently rate Loon as one of the most-accessible resorts in New England.

Services and amenities include:
Ski & Snowboard School
Children's Center
Cross-country skiing
Snowshoeing
Ice skating
Indoor climbing wall
Day and night tubing
Slopeside spa and accommodations

Loon Mountain is operated by Boyne Resorts, the largest family-owned, four-season resort company in North America.
Trails: 61

URL: www.loonmtn.com
Address:  60 Loon Mountain Road, Lincoln, NH  03251
Phone number: General Information: (800) 229-5666 or (603) 745-8111 | Snow Phone: (603) 745-8111 | |  Fax:  (603) 745-8214  |  E-mail: info@loonmtn.com | GPS Coordinates:  +44 3’ 27.80”, -71°3.74” | Direct Contact:  Greg Kwasnik  (603) 745-6281, Ext. 5528, gkwasnik@loonmtn.com

Dates of Season: Mid November to Mid April *
*weather dependent

Hours of Operation:
Midweek:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Weekends/Holidays:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Half-Day:  12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

FACTS:

Trails & Terrain:
Terrain: 370 skiable acres
Snowmaking: 99% of terrain
Lifts: 12 total, including 1 Gondola, 3 High Speed Quads, 1 Fixed Grip Quad, 1 Triple Chair, 3 Double Chairs, 2 Carpet Lifts and 1 Handle Tow
28 miles of terrain on 61 marked trails with snowmaking acreage of 322 acres
Terrain Difficulty:  20% Novice, 60% Intermediate, 20% Expert
Longest Run: 2.5 miles (Bear Claw)
Slope Exposure:  Northeast

Terrain Parks:  Variety for all ages across three peaks - from the steeps of Rip Saw, Angel Street or Walking Boss, bumps on Flume and six tree skiing areas to long cruisers like South Peak’s Boom Run and Cruiser, to classic New England trails like Speakeasy and finally to the gentle slopes of Sarsaparilla and Snubber and the Family Ski Zone on Bear Claw – a slow skiing and riding area. Loon also boasts a selection of award-winning terrain parks, from the Burton Progression Park, all the way to the signature Loon Mountain Park - plus a superpipe and halfpipe.

Snowfall & Temperatures:
Average Snowfall:  200 inches for 2010-2011 season
Average High Temperature:  36
Average Low Temperature:  14

Elevation:
Summit Elevation: 3050 feet/930 meters
Base Elevation: 950 feet/290 meters
Vertical Drop: 2100 feet/640 meters


HOW TO GET THERE:

Closest Airports:
Manchester - Boston Regional Airport, Manchester, NH:  1.5 Hours
Logan International Airport, Boston, MA :  2 hours
Theodore Francis Green State Airport, Providence, RI:  4 hours

Driving Proximity:
Boston:  2 hours
Hartford:  3.5 hours
Montreal:  3 hours

Driving Directions:  From north or south, take exit 32 off I-93. Turn left; we are 2-½ miles up Route 112 on the right. From east or west, we are located on Route 112, Kancamagus Highway, and 2 1/2 miles east of Lincoln.

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