Mountain Guide

Loon Trail Guides



Loon has two dedicated Beginner areas. The Little Sister family skiing area is left of the gondola and has its own double chair. The second is the Governor Adams area, it is also serviced by its own double chair, Kissin' Cousin. For those feeling more confident and ready to move up the mountain, try Exodus or Grand Junction. Novices can ski from top to bottom by way of Upper and Lower Bear Claw.


Loon's strength is its Blue cruisers (60% of terrain). From Loon Peak, choices abound with wide and traditionally narrow, manicured New England trails. The same is true on the Kancamagus Express where you'll find more than a dozen beautiful cruisers. The longest, steepest cruisers are on South Peak. Try Boomer, ride dips and rolls as you wind around the mountain. If you could only do one run here, make it Cruiser. One of the best Blues in the Northeast - long, wide with substantial pitches and miles of corduroy.


While not as well known for its Advanced terrain (only 20% of the total), there are some steeper more challenging trails. Experts seeking steep terrain will be happiest on North Peak choosing amongst Flume, Walking Boss, Walking Boss Woods, Triple Trouble, and Angel Street. South Peak also has some very steep terrain. Don't miss Ripsaw, Twitcher and Jobber to get your heart pumping. 

  • Loon is made up of three distinct, but seamlessly linked mountains - North Peak, Loon Peak and South Peak 

  • Intermediates and Experts can stay together on all three mountains. Beginners are best off on the main mountain (Loon Peak)

Top Trail Picks by Category

Trail Name
Area / Getting There

Starting Out


Dedicated learning area, serviced by its own Lift, Kissin'Cousin

West Basin, easily accesed from Governor’s Lodge


Upper & Lower Bear Claw

The top gently winds down from the summit, then becomes wider and easier on the lower portion

Take the gondola to the Summit and exit right for the entire run; or the Kancamangus Express to the lower trail

Boom Run

An easy cruiser with several pitches


Upper and Lower Picked Rock

Easy but narrow, New England style upper portion; opens to a wide cruiser

Top of South Peak, skier's right

Exit the Gondola to the right and follow the signs. There are several Blues and a Green to try from here

Scenic Cruiser


Long wide cruiser with some steep pitches, dips and rolls. Top trail in the Northeast, enjoy the views of Cannon Mountain and Mt. Washington 

From Pemigiwassettt Base Camp, take the Lincoln Express and exit left

Fresh Corduroy


One of the most popular runs on the lower part of the main mountain; it's wide and nearly always groomed

Accessible from any of the trails off the right of the Gondola summit or from the top of the Kancamagus Express Quad

Showing Off

Northstar (Upper & Lower)

It's exhibition time here; straight shot down the fall line under the Kancamagus Express Quad

Directly underneath the Kancamagus Express; look on the way up to prepare


Walking Boss (Upper & Lower)

The upper portion is steep and medium wide but opens to the lower part where you can cruise and catch your breath

Exit the North Peak Express Quad to the left 



Steepest groomed run on the main mountain; this straight shot down the fall line is a local's favorite

Directly under the North Peak Express Quad; enjoy stunning views of the Presidential Range on the way up


Triple Trouble

One of the steepest trails at the resort and not always groomed, so be ready for bumps

Easier to reach from the East Basin Double (but runs only on the busiest days). Otherwise, take the Gondola or North Peak Express





Loon's steepest glade with the highest trees


A true black diamond glade - long, steep with plenty of trees

From North Peak; take Upper Flume and cut right at Haulback, then stay left

From South Peak, cut into the trees from the skier's right on Cruiser or left on Ripsaw

Steep Groomer


This run lives up to its name. It's steep and crosses the fall line a couple of times

From South Peak follow Boom Run and watch for it on your skier's left

On Mountain Dining Recommendations

Loon has seven on mountain dining options. For the best views you can't beat the Summit Cafe. Want a quick bite under the radar? Try the Pemigewasset Base Camp on South Peak. In addition to the standard menu items they have outstanding, freshly made paninis. Our top picks are below:
Hamburger and Fries

Summit Cafe

Newly renovated, the Summit Cafe sits at 2,750 ft with stunning views stretching over the town of Lincoln and beyond to Mt. Moosilauke and the White Mountains. You'll find delicious food with indoor and outdoor seating. Try the house specialties - made-to-order wraps and sandwiches, the Chicken vs. the Goat, the Gyro, or Beyond Burger served on a gluten-free bun. Beer and wine are available. 

Bagel Shop

Pemigewasset Base Camp

Conveniently located at the Base of the South Peak High Speed Quad, this place has something for everyone. The Bagel McLoon and giant cinnamon buns are breakfast staples. Paninis, soups, salads, pizza, and veggie sandwiches round out the lunch options. Try the Pemi Smokehouse sandwich, featuring dry-rubbed seasoned smokehouse pork and homemade BBQ sauce on a French baguette. During peak times, try the slopeside Waffle Cabin for a warm Belgian sugar waffle 

Camp III

A nice spot to stop mid-way up the up the mountain, Camp III is loacted at the bottom of the North Peak Express Quad. The rustic log cabin is a tribute to the location's history as an old logging camp. It's in a sunny spot with a large deck and outdoor seating. Taste the Bison burger or savor the homemade pulled pork, or venison stew. Camp III is also one of our favorite spots to enjoy craft brews on tap.

Size / Elevation
  • Peak: 3,050 ft | 930m

  • Vertical Drop: 2,100 ft

  • Base: 950 ft | 290m 

  • Total Area: 370 acres |
    (1.5 sq km)

Terrain Overview

​Mountain Range: White Mountains

  • 69 Trails   

  • 5 Terrain Parks

  • 1 Superpipe

  • North Peak (3,050 ft)

  • South Peak (2,807 ft)

  • Loon Peak (2,733 ft)

  • Pemigewasset Base Camp, South Peak 

  • Governor’s Lodge, West Base

  • Main Lodge, Loon Peak

On Mountain Dining

Lift Stats

Uphill Capacity: 15,152

11 Chair Lifts

  • 1   Gondola

  • 3   High Speed Quads

  • 1   Fixed Grip Quad

  • 1   Triple

  • 2   Doubles

  • 2   Surface Lifts

  • 2   Minimum lifts to access             highest peak from base 

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