Loon Mountain opened this weekend, kicking off their 45th winter season in operation and becoming the first mountain resort in the state of New Hampshire to open for the winter. Skiers and snowboarders got to ride 5 trails spanning 22 acres and two miles of upper mountain terrain serviced by their gondola. The best part? Lift tickets were only $20 in celebration of the opening — for all ages!
By the end of Sunday night, temperatures began to drop creating the perfect opportunity to continue snowmaking operations with the plan of creating more snow and opening additional areas throughout the week. The goal is to offer top-to-bottom terrain on at least 10 trails by Thanksgiving, which would bring Loon’s available terrain up to 60 acres with more than 4 miles of skiing and riding. This is all made possible by the recent addition of 600 highly efficient snowgun towers that have been built over the past two years, and the 170 snowguns built just this year. This added capacity allows the resort to maximize their snow operations and reduces the time it takes to cover a trail. Just last week they had 228 guns running at once, , which covered 10 trails handily.
Construction crews have been hard at work creating a temporary bridge to provide access to the resort from Route 112/The Kancamagus Highway. They expect it to be finished on November 23rd, just in time for the holiday rush. In the meantime, there is alternate vehicular access available via the South Peak Bridge, located two miles to the west in the town of Lincoln.
After investing $20 million in the past five years to add more terrain, uphill capacity and state-of-the-art snowmaking and grooming technology, Loon Mountain continues its commitment to providing a great guest experience in 2011-2012. This winter, a $1.4 million investment adds four new trails for an additional 17.5 acres, another 170 new HKD tower guns, a new Prinoth Bison X grooming machine and a Big Air Bag.
Early season lift ticket rates will be in effect on Monday, November 21st when more terrain is expected to open: $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+. The Mountainside Rental Shop is open for equipment rentals.
The first event of the season is scheduled for later this week: Cease and Desist Rail Jams are scheduled for this Friday, November 25th for skiers and Saturday November 26th for snowboarders. Loon guests can‘Ring in the Winter’ by donating winter coats and apparel in good condition to those in need. A drop box for donations is located in the Octagon Base Lodge. For a full calendar of events and up-to-date conditions, photos and video, visit www.loonmtn.com, or call the Snow Phone for the latest conditions at 603-745-8100.