Loon Mountain Family Skiing

Loon Mountain is conveniently located right off I93 in Lincoln NH, making it a popular choice for families. Loon is big on terrain parks and its super pipe plus a Big Air Bag for the kids, and NH’s best snowmaking for mom and dad’s assurance. Now that Loon is operated by Boyne, with sister resorts Sunday River and Sugarloaf, the focus is on opening first for skiing in New Hampshire and closing last with great spring skiing to Loon’s super snowmaking power. New Englanders also benefit from the New England Pass valid at all three ski resorts.

Loon skis and rides on three peaks, separate but interconnected peaks: North Peak, Loon Peak in the center served by the gondola, and South Peak which opened in 2008. Loon recently added an eight-passenger bubble chair on Loon Peak – The Kancamagus Express at Governor Adam Lodge base (Boyne sister resorts Big Sky and Sunday River have 8-packs too) The views from South Peak of Franconia Notch are exceptional, and the trails offers the newest terrain in New England. Next Loon addition is a pulse-gondola lift—the first of its kind in New England, to South Peak connecting the Riverwalk development to the slopes. We’ve ridden pulse lifts at Yellowstone Club in Montana, ideal for low traffic areas and group skiers’ arrival.

Loon Peak has some of New Hampshire’s best ski trails all served by the base to peak gondola, twisty, turning Flying Fox, Bear Claw and Picked Rock and steeper straight forward runs Angel Street and Triple Trouble. North Peak, the highest at 3,050′, humbles the timid with trails like Walking Boss and Flume served by a high-speed quad surrounded by views of Mt Washington and a beautiful cruiser trail Sunset back to the central ski area. Cruiser, Boom Run and Ripsaw are long undulating trails on South Peak reached by a transportation lift between the peaks. With big snowmaking power, Loon opens mid November and skis into April.

Loon’s three base areas provide extensive services for families. The Gondola Base and Octagon Lodge is where you will find ski services, a ski shop, the Adventure Center for zip lining, après ski at Paul Bunyan’s, snow tubing. Governors is another base area where you’ll find the Kanc 8 passenger hi-speed lift, and South Peak is the third base closer to downtown Lincoln and Riverwalk.

Loon’s best on mountain lodging is The Mountain Club at Loon, just steps from first gondola, with a great Black Diamond Pub, and the full-service Viaggio spa with outdoor slope view hot tub, and indoor pool.

For après ski at Loon, Governor’s Pavilion where the Kancamagus quad originates has Babe the Blue Ox Lounge upstairs and a friendly base lodge atmosphere below. While the Paul Bunyan octagon room at Loon’s gondola base rocks too. The South Peak base is the future site of the Children’s Center with lessons and magic carpet, a Day Lodge by the Lincoln Express quad chair and The Pemigewasset Base Camp yurt. Day trippers might prefer to park at South Peak, closer to I93, while vacationers should make the Mountain Club at Loon their home base, central to everything, or the new Riverwalk at South Peak to stay closer to Lincoln’s shops, restaurants and theatre.

Lincoln and Woodstock offer copious condo lodging options, shops, and restaurants from fast food to brewpubs like Woodstock Station and Common Man, to keep the family happy for a week.

Loon Statistics:
Summit Elevation: 3,050 ft.
Vertical Drop: 2,100 ft.
61 Trails and 8 Glades, 10 lifts including a high speed summit Gondola, an 8 pax and 2 high speed quads.
Longest Trail: Bear Claw to Speakeasy 2.5 mi., 6 Terrain Parks
Skiable Acres: 370 acres
Snowmaking: 97%

Summer and fall, Loon runs a zip line, bungee trampoline, gondola rides, horseback rides, mountain biking, and a climbing wall. The Loon Highland Games are a huge highlight every September. Loon’s official ski site.