LOON RESORT GUIDE

Loon Resort Guide

October 2019

David Schissler

In the town of Lincoln, NH, it's an easy 2 hour drive North of Boston and only 3 miles from the main highway (US-93). Loon's pedigree is impressive - 2,100 vertical feet (rounding out the top 10 list for the Northeast), 3 mountains, 3 base lodges, 370 skiable acres - the majority of which are covered by snowmaking and New Hampshire's only Superpipe. The lift infrastructure is top notch with an uphill capacity of more than 15,000 people / hr, you won't wait long even on the busiest days. The area is family friendly, for those choosing not to shred, there's tubing, zip lines, snowshoeing, and a climbing wall. Getting around is easy too, parking is free and there are free shuttles running throughout the town and resort area. With plenty of terrain variety and many quality places to grab a bite or drink on the mountain, you will want to stay until the lifts stop. Then, there are dozens of restaurants, bars and shops to explore in Lincoln. Putting it all together - size, quality of experience, relative ease of travel, and choice of activities, Loon is a "must ski" New England destination.

Snow Reliability

Snow-Making & Grooming

Travel Convenience

Terrain Variety

Extreme / Off-Piste Terrain

Ski School

Accommodations

On Mountain Dining

Quick Take

Let's Go

  • Top notch grooming and snow making capabilities - 99% of trails are covered by snow-making. Reliable conditions for Northeast skiing

  • Move seamlessly amongst three mountains. Loon is part of a select few resorts in New England with several high speed lifts including 3 high speed quads and a gondola

  • An easy day trip from Boston, Loon is one of easiest to access in NH, just off I-93

  • The town of Lincoln is underrated, but it's a gem with a variety of accommodations (luxury hotels to budget friendly), restaurants, ski shops and art galleries

Hesitations

  • The White Mountains can be a freezer. Loon is one of the highest peaks in the Northeast. Neighbor Mt. Washington sets records for its cool temperatures

  • Crowds. Similar to other resorts easily accessible to metropolitan areas, weekends and holidays can be packed

  • Higher costs. Although Loon is not expensive by national standards, it is by New Hampshire's. Peak lift ticket rates are pushing $100, so make sure to buy online, in advance

Insider Tips

  • Be strategic to avoid crowds and get the best rates. Buy your tickets online and save substantially and / or try to come mid-week for a more private experience

  • Make sure to venture to the South Peak - this is the best terrain on the mountain. Explore long, wide Blues and Blacks. It's a trek - you must take a connecting lift (the Tote Road fixed-grip quad), to and from the main mountain but it's well worth the effort. It's best in the morning, beat the crowds and stay for lunch (only open Jan - March)

  • The Kancamagus high-speed-quad is ideal for lapping an assortment of Blue runs

  • One of few places in New England with plenty of ski in / ski out lodging options

  • Check out the Encore Thrift Shop on Main Street - you can find some real treasures here

Trail Map

For an in-depth breakdown of Loon's terrain, head to our Mountain Guide. Top trails and mountain stats included. 

Loon Mountain

Getting To & Around

Loon Mountain is an easy, 2 hour drive from Boston and 1 hour from Concord. We prefer to have a car here. Parking is free and driving provides a lot more optionality for dining, shopping and venturing to nearby resorts.

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