New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain opened today for its 44th winter season with 10 trails, 38 acres and over 3 miles of intermediate and advanced level terrain on the upper mountain. Trails open include Exodus, Upper Picked Rock, Upper Bear Claw, Grand Junction and Link.
When snowmaking temperatures return, open terrain will expand quickly and more terrain is expected to open this weekend. Loon’s $1.2 million investment this year in highly-efficient tower snow guns allows the resort to cover maximum terrain in a short period of time, with the ability to run over 200 snow guns at the same time.
The commitment to providing superior snow and a consistently great guest experience continues this season with a total capital investment of more than $1.8 million. 428 new HKD tower guns – the largest installation of new, highly efficient technology in New England — have been added to more than double snow output and New Hampshire’s first state-of-the-art Prinoth ‘Beast’ grooming machine delivers superior snow surfaces and more grooming efficiency. In the past four years, Loon has invested over $18 million to open new terrain, lifts and improve snowmaking.
Early-season lift ticket rates are currently in effect: $49 for adults (19-64), $39 for teens (13-18), $29 for juniors (6-12) and seniors (65+), and free for children under five and seniors 80+. Mountainside Rentals is open for equipment rental, and private Snowsports lessons are available. The Loon Mountain Adventure Center will be open Friday through Sunday, November 26-28 with the new zipline and bungee trampoline.
The New England Pass, the best deal for New England skiers & riders, is available in three levels, gives skiers and riders the ability to ski and ride three premier New England resorts: Loon Mountain, plus sister resorts Sunday River and Sugarloaf, all winter long. New England passholders also receive many benefits including discounted lodging, perks at area restaurants and complimentary skiing at other Boyne resorts across the United States.
The Frequent Skier Card is another great way to save on skiing & riding this winter. The card includes one day of free skiing/riding as well as $25 savings on midweek, non-holiday lift tickets and $15 savings on weekend and holiday lift tickets at Loon, plus sister resorts Sunday River and Sugarloaf, any day of the 2010-2011 winter season.
The first event of the season is the Cease and Desist Rail Jam on Saturday, November 27th for skiers and snowboarders. Ring in the Winter by donating winter coats and apparel to people in need this winter. A drop-box for donations is located in the Octagon Base Lodge. For the full calendar of events and up-to-date conditions, weather, photos and video, visit loonmtn.com, or call the Snow Phone for the latest conditions at 603-745-8100.