Loon Mountain, the 3,065 foot mountain in the White Mountain National Forest, provides incredible outdoor recreational adventures to locals and visitors all year long. There are three summits: North Peak, Loon Peak (a spur of North Peak, and South Peak. Each peak is served by a chairlift from the Loon Mountain Resort. The resort first opened to skiers in 1966, providing 12 trails across 80 acres served by a gondola and two chairlifts.
The resort has grown considerably over the years. There is much more terrain to explore with alpine skis and snowboards, including grabbing air from a 425 foot pipe with 18 foot walls! The resort also manages 12.4 miles of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, provides one hour snow tubing sessions, rents ski bikes, and hosts special events and competitions.
Here are some of the most popular winter activities to enjoy on Loon Mountain, which will be your backyard winter playground when you find the perfect home in Lincoln, NH.
Adventures: Skiing, Riding, Sliding, and Gliding
Skiing & Snowboarding: Loon Mountain Resort now offers snowboarders and skiers 61 trails (and glades) and 6 terrain parks across 270 acres served by 10 lifts and one 4-person gondola. The most recent lift, the Kancamagus 8, was built in 2021 and was the first 8-passenger chairlift on the east coast (it features heated seats and weather blocking bubbles).
Cross-Country Skiing: You will need a trail ticket (aka an uphill ticket) or season pass to explore the nordic trails on cross-country skis at Loon Mountain Resort. The uphill ticket price is $35 for the 2022/2023 season. The trails range from gentle to challenging.
Snowshoeing: You will need a trail ticket (or season pass) to explore the nordic trails with snowshoes. Snowshoers are only allowed to travel uphill and only allowed on the Loon Peak Routes. You must use the gondola to descend to the base area (unless you brought skis or a split board for the descent). The resort offers guided snowshoe tours on Saturdays and Sundays with a range of routes. The tours are 1.5 to 3.5 hours with package prices ranging from $55 to $65 for the 2022/2023 season.
Ski-Biking: Explore the downhill thrills of Loon Mountain Resort on a ski bike. It is somewhat intuitive for those familiar with bicycling and skiing: and the learning curve can be considerably faster than skiing or snowboarding. Sno-Go is the industry leader, and rentals are available at the resort on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. You will need to dress for the weather, including insulated winter boots (snowboarding boots are perfect for the sport). The Sno-Go rentals at Loon Mountain include a tour to get you started.
Snow Tubing: The snow tubing sessions are offered Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 2:00pm to 8:45pm. The sessions are one hour long, and there’s a session for kids ages 7 and under (or weighing less than 50 lbs).
Events & Vistas
Gondola Sky Rides: You, your friends, and your family can take in the vista of the 2,733 foot summit of Loon Peak by taking a scenic ride to the top and back to the bottom in the comfort of the four-person gondola. There is a café at the summit serving breakfast and lunch that overlooks the town of Lincoln and other distant mountains. This is a perfect way for non-riders or non-skiers to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the snow covered White Mountain Forest.
Torchlight Parade: The resort has various events scheduled throughout the year, including the Torchlight Parade on January 14th, 2023. The parade recognizes the hardworking snowmakers, and snowmaking system of the resort with a celebration including Snowcat rides, a parade, and fireworks. There is a suggested donation of $5 for the Snowcat rides (which benefits the Loon Mountain Area Community Fund).
Last Call Snowboarding Competition: Snowboarders from around the world compete for cash and prizes in three zones: transition, jumps, and trails. The event has been held for over twenty years and is only open to expert level riders. Spectators are allowed on-trail, outside of the feature zones. The event is scheduled for Monday, March 27th, 2023. Witness the hard riding slope-side acrobats of winter at their finest!
The team at RE/MAX in the Mountains has the experience and knowledge to help you through any real estate transaction. We look forward to helping you with all of your real estate needs in the Loon Mountain area of New Hampshire. Contact us today!