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Few people know the potential of change as well as Jay Scambio, Loon’s new president and general manager. In 1998, Jay – then a Plymouth State University student – began working at Loon as a snowboarding instructor. After graduating in 2002, he became the resort’s terrain park manager. In that role, he brought Loon’s innovative terrain parks to national acclaim in just a few short years. In 2007, he was promoted to direct terrain park development for all of Boyne’s resorts. In 2015, he was named director of mountain sports development for Boyne, a job that included leadership of snowsports schools and programs, as well as summer and adventure activities. As he settles into Loon’s corner office this winter, Jay’s career arc will come full circle. Here, he tells us a little bit about himself, his history with Loon, and his plans for the resort’s future.

How did you get your start at Loon?

When I was at Plymouth State I was working here part time to get a pass and make some money. I got into coaching private lessons, and our Junior Seasonal program, and was asked if I would develop a specialty program with Junior Seasonals. When I graduated, Ralph Lewis, [Loon’s director of skiing operations at the time] called me up and said “Hey, we need a guy to run the parks. Do you want to do it?” I said “Sure. Why not? I don’t have a job, so let’s do it.” One thing led to another, which led to this.

So what’s the game plan for your first winter?

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There are some things that we need to refine and focus on, that aside we will continue to be aggressive with our snowmaking operation providing an excellent snow surface for people to enjoy, because that’s what our winter business is all about. It’s all about the snow. But just as important is how we treat our guests. Loon has always been focused on guest service, and we’ll continue to improve the excellent service we already provide.

Name: Jay Scambio Hometown: North Kingstown, RI Family: Wife, Katie, and two kids, Lukas and Maya Hobbies: Cycling, snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking and sailing

What are your long-range plans for Loon?

We certainly need to continue with our expansion westward – the development of our South Peak beginner area and beyond. We will continue to develop our powerful snowmaking system, and we’ll remain dedicated to offering award-winning terrain parks and providing an even better family experience. Loon will also become more involved in summer activities and adventure sports in the years to come. We know that the Kancamagus Highway is busiest during the summer & fall – way more than during the winter, on a daily basis. There are a lot of people who could be coming here and enjoying Loon in the summer and fall months. We just need to provide them with more activities. There’s a whole list of them: mountain coaster, mountain biking, canopy zip tours. These will complement our current offerings nicely..

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What it’s like to live, work, and play in the mountains, as told by three Lincoln-Woodstock locals.


When the lifts stop and the sun sets, our snowmakers, groomers, and park rangers get to work.


Tuning tips and tales from the crew at the Loon Mountain Sports.


A fast-paced jaunt with Andrew Noyes, Loon’s director of mountain operations.




A conversation with Flynn the Flying Fox, Loon’s bright-eyed and bushy-tailed friend.


Early wakeups, tweetstorms, and fresh tracks: A day in the life of a snow reporter.

44 /// SHINE ON

The story behind the NEW Loon Mountain Area Community Fund.


Leave the beach behind and spend a summer day at Loon.




You don’t have to go home, but you can stay here. Find a great place to stay for your next visit.

GUIDEBOOK Your guide to all things Loon, in one convenient location.

27 /// Event Calendar

From holiday parties to classic spring events, this calendar has it all.



28 /// Ski & Snowboard School

Learn about this winter’s full lineup of ski and snowboard lessons, camps, and clinics.

32 /// Season Pass Roundup

A rundown of Loon’s season pass options, including several new passes.

34 /// Activities

Your guide to snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice skating, and other winter activities at Loon.

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36 /// Trail Map

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Take away the midweek powder days and jealousy-inducing Instagram posts, and ski town locals are just like the rest of us. We recently caught up with a few denizens of Lincoln-Woodstock to ask what it’s like to live, work, and play in the mountains – and why they wouldn’t have it any other way. JAY POLIMENO On life before he was a local: I was living and managing a hotel in downtown Boston, so this was our escape…The hotel I was managing was for sale, and one day Maureen and I just sat down and I said, “You know, I don’t want to lose my job just because the hotel sells,” because the first guy out is going to be the general manager...I said ‘Why don’t we buy something? Why don’t we go up to Loon and look?’ So this is where we ultimately ended up. We bought the Alpine Club and started a real estate company based on that and it’s just kind of morphed over the years. 8

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On what makes living here Jay’s favorite après spot: so special: I coached my kids since they were five years old right through high school. That’s the good thing about a small community. I coached recreation for five-year-olds right to varsity softball. You can do that in a community like this. Maureen was on the school board forever. I was the president of the Chamber of Commerce. If you want to be able to make a difference – and hopefully a positive difference – these are the kinds of communities to come to because you can really become a part of the infrastructure.

If you’re going to meet folks and you’re not on the mountain, Gordi’s would be a great spot for that. If I was up here skiing with buddies, we’d always end up in the Bunyan Room – sometimes earlier than we should.

Advice to people looking to start a business in town: You have to accept that if you’re coming from the city, you can expect to take about a 40 percent pay cut. I always tell people to not expect – but be willing – to realize that your venture may fail, and be able to accept that. Because if you can’t accept that, don’t take the risk.

Why he’ll never leave: This place will always be home. That’s a neat feeling to have. That’s what I tell people. If you come here and experience this sense of community, it’s pretty neat. When we were in our 30s, people thought I was already having my midlife crisis, but I wasn’t. We just knew what we wanted to do.

KIM PICKERING On growing up here in New Hampshire: I went to high school in Plymouth, New Hampshire, and moved up here about 17 years ago. It was kind of the middle point between where my husband was working and where I was working, and we ended up staying.

On becoming the director of the Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce: I just started at the end of January. Prior to that I was with Ski New Hampshire for about 17 years. I’m so excited to represent the area that I call home.

What it’s like to live in the Lincoln-Woodstock area: It’s a small town where you know a lot of people everywhere you go. I’m heavily involved in the school as well. I’m president of the booster club, my husband is chair of the school board. So we have an active involvement in our children’s education. We’re always out and about on the field seeing different people.

How to make the most of a day at Loon: I usually park in the River Lot, boot up in my car, get on the Kanc Quad and start my day from there. That seems to be what I’ve always done.

Why it’s important to slow down and breathe: I’d just like to remind people to take a breath. You’re at the mountain. Enjoy mountain time. Enjoy it while you’re here. It’s not a race to get to the first chair or the second chair or whatever it is. You’ll get there. You’ll get to the lift. You’ll get to where you need to go. It’s such a cool place. Let’s slow down and take in the experience.

On finding time to ski, despite a busy schedule: This winter was a little bit of a challenge just with the shifting jobs. But yeah, we still get out and ski. My daughter races

for the Loon Race Team, so I’m usually at every race, either up in the timing booth or out on the hill.

Hollywood when you’ve got a good run going.

MARISSA HAASE On growing up in the shadow of Loon Mountain: My mom worked here when my sister and I were in third grade so we got passes and we’d come up every now and then. Loon had an awesome winter activities program for the Lin-Wood School, too, so on Fridays we would get to go up and either ski or snowboard. We got a ticket and a lesson for the afternoon, and if we needed rentals we would get rentals. It was awesome and always a super fun time, even when it was freezing cold.

It’s all a matter of perspective: To me, a small town is totally normal. But when I got to college people would say “Oh, I graduated with such a small class.” I’d always say “How many people were in your graduating class?” and they’d reply “Oh, 150. It was really small.” I had 32. And that was a kind of big class for around here!

Why she loves coaching kids on the Loon Race Team: It’s awesome. It’s definitely something I’m really passionate about. It’s so gratifying. You see them grow. To see these kids grow and improve…you go through the heartache of struggle with them when they’re not understanding or getting something, but then when it clicks, it’s so great to see their faces light up. They’re so excited. It’s a whole cycle of growing with them, and you form such a great bond with them and their families. I love it. Sometimes I can’t even put into words how much I love it.

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Favorite place to grab lunch on the mountain: The Jamaica hut [Summit Café] is definitely my favorite. Grab a rum punch and a Reggae Roll or something along those lines and sit in the window by the sun. Yeah, that’s definitely where it’s at.

Marissa’s go-to après spot: Babe’s Blue Ox Lounge, definitely Babe’s après. This is going to sound weird, but I love high-top tables and they have high tops. I go up there and know Tom and Kristin are going to be up there behind the bar and they’re great people. I always know that I’m going to see someone I know up there. It’s kind of home base for all of us. On Saturday when they have a band up there it’s always fun.

What the future holds: I want to coach another year. We had a really good season last year, so I’d like to stick around and hopefully have a repeat season, and then coach ski racing for a high school academy. That would be really sweet. I’m thinking about maybe going back to school, but right now coaching and skiing is really something I’m passionate about. I don’t want to give up on that dream too early.

Flume and Big Dipper are probably my favorite trails. I like that Dipper is typically natural terrain. Flume, there’s just something about throwing yourself down a steep pitch and Flume’s got that. I like in the spring when Flume is all bumped up and you’re going underneath the chairlift and you feel a little bit like 9


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Beans Don’t feel fully human until you’ve had your morning coffee? Swing by the Hearthside Café in the Octagon Lodge before you load the Gondola. Tucked away in a cozy corner by a roaring fireplace, the café serves up coffee, and delicious baked goods that will keep you going strong until lunch. LOCATION: Octagon Lodge Prefer to start your day on the Kancamagus Quad instead? Grab a danish and a cup of coffee from the Governor Adams Lodge. Once the lifts start turning, you’ll be primed and ready to go. LOCATION: Governor Adams Lodge


We source all of our coffee from Mad River Coffee Roasters of nearby Campton, N.H., so you know you’re getting the freshest possible brew.


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Nothing sets our tuning techs on edge like a dull pair of skis. It’s their mission in life to transform those dull butter knives strapped to your feet into corduroycleaving Samurai swords, so a neglected pair of skis or snowboard comes almost as a personal affront. Here, the Loon Mountain Sports tuning shop crew gives us the inside edge on how to get in tune. Follow their advice, and you’ll be slashing pow and railing groomers like never before. You’ll also help make their job less of a grind (pun intended) than it already is.

Step 1: Admit You Have a Problem

As your skis age, the bases dry out, the edges start to wear down, they get dull, they start to rust, and they lose structure on the base. You could also need repairs – you may have some scratches in the base that are hurting the performance of the ski.

Step 2: Seek Help At Loon Mountain Sports, we use a CSA automated tuning machine. It can really do anything from pro, or race, tunes to recreational and entry-level tunes. It doesn’t matter what level you ski at. Anyone can benefit from a tune on their skis.

Step 3: Trust the Process

When we load a ski into our machine, the first thing it does is grind the ski down. We want to get a smooth base on the ski before we do anything else to it. The next step is adding structure to the base. Structure helps water flow through the bottom of the ski – because, technically, you’re riding on water, not snow. That snow melts as you’re sliding on top of it, and you need channels in your ski to let that water escape. 13

Step 4: Embrace the Grind In the next step, the machine puts a base and a side edge on it. It sets the bevels for both the base and side edge. That’s going to sharpen the edges and make sure they’re at the correct angles.

Step 5: Wax On We offer two levels of waxing: a buff wax and a hot wax. Most of our tunes will come with a buff wax, where we run the base over our buffing wheel. That’s more of a temporary solution – it’s good for a day of riding. But we do offer hot waxes as well, where we actually iron the wax into the base. What that does is it opens up the pores of the base using heat from the iron, so the wax really saturates the base instead of just sitting on top.

Watch our tuning techs in action (and our world-class CSA Snowell tuning machine) 14

PRO TIP: CONSTANT CARE Tuning your skis or snowboard shouldn’t be a once-adecade occurrence. Sign up for our Constant Care program, and you’ll get an unlimited number of tunes this winter for one price. Drop your skis off in the afternoon, and we’ll have them ready for you – freshly tuned – by morning. For more info, swing by Loon Mountain Sports in the Gondola Barn, or call 603-745-8111 ext. 6569.


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there's something deliciously incongruous about the Summit Café.

Perched high above the snow-covered landscape like an island above a stormtossed sea, the Summit Café is perhaps the world’s highest, northernmost bastion of Caribbean cuisine. Walk into the Summit Café looking for a burger or a basket of chicken fingers, and you’ll be greeted instead by a warm island ambience – and a menu to match. Decorated with murals of topaz seas, parrots, and lush tropical forests, the octagon-shaped café feels (if you unclip your helmet and untether your imagination) a bit like a palm-thatched hut on a faraway beach. On a cold January day when the snow is blowing sideways and the mercury won’t even get out of bed, the café’s rich, spicy Caribbean menu is the ultimate winter warmer.

new to the café?

Do yourself a favor and order a Reggae Roll, a wrap filled with jerk chicken, black beans, corn, peppers, onions, and a tangy mango chutney. And as any regular will tell you, a Reggae Roll just isn’t the same without a Rum Punch chaser – a tropical downpour of rum, grenadine, and fruit juice. Another perennial café favorite is the Caribe Steak – grilled steak



strips and caramelized onions tossed in a Caribbean chipotle sauce, topped with a melted Jack/Cheddar cheese blend, and served on ciabatta bread. Looking for lighter fare? Try the Caribbean House Salad, a lush mix of avocado, papaya, shredded coconut, candied walnuts and red onions on a bed of mixed greens with mango vinaigrette.

Ask any Summit Café regular, and they’ll tell you there’s something special about savoring the café’s sweet, spicy island cuisine as the snow piles up outside. It will boost your internal thermostat a few degrees and set you up for a long afternoon of skiing and riding – no matter the temperature outside.


The Summit Café has gone through several incarnations during its tenure atop Loon Peak. During the resort’s early days, high-altitude diners ate at Alice’s Restaurant – a nod to the famous Arlo Guthrie song of the same name. Later, the café became the Summit Dog Shoppe, serving up frankfurters with what we can only assume was classy, old world panache. The Summit Cafe’s current focus on Caribbean cuisine was inspired by Jamaican guest workers who staffed the resort’s food and beverage department in the 1990s.

A starry sky illuminates late-season snowmaking operations on Exodus. Shot March 20, 2016.



DARK We’ll admit it: we look pretty good in the morning. But we didn’t just wake up that way. Every night, an army of groomers, snowmakers, and terrain park rangers toil in the darkness, preparing the mountain to meet a new day. Whether they spend their nights laying down corduroy, setting rails, or cranking snow guns, the night crew knows how to get the job done when no one is watching. Until now, that is. Last winter we spent a few nights following in their footsteps. This is what we saw – and what they see every night.


The Milky Way hovers above the North Peak Express Quad during the predawn hours. A groomer climbs its way up Lower Flume in the lower right corner of the picture.

During the short days of winter, ski patrollers arrive at work before sunrise, and clock out after the sun goes down.


After the lifts shut down each afternoon, Loon’s grooming team gets to work. The first shift grooms until midnight, when the second shift takes over.

Full moon rising over Black Mountain

A group of snowmakers inspects a snow gun during an early-morning gun run on Exodus. 21

A fireworks display lights up the mountain during the resort’s 50th anniversary Golden Gala on January 28, 2017.


Terrain Park Manager Jared Minassian readies Loon Mountain Park for another day of jibbing. All features must be raked and cleared of new snow before the park can open.

Lift maintenance performs a lift check before sunrise.

Taking in the surroundings during a recent Easter Sunrise Service at the summit of Loon Peak. 23

CATCH ME, IF YOU CAN ANDREW NOYES IS REALLY GOING PLACES – in the most literal sense of the word. As Loon’s new director of mountain operations, Noyes is a tough guy to track down. If he’s not in his office, he’s probably striding purposefully across the resort, checking in on the many departments he oversees. It’s a daily ritual for Noyes, who walks with the quick seriousness of an overworked dad trying to catch the last commuter train out of the city. His shoe of choice: the Hoka One One, an ultra-cushioned shoe brand favored by serious ultramarathoners. “I don’t like to sit behind a desk,” Noyes says, after being coerced to sit for an interview he’d managed to outrun for several weeks. “Sometimes you have to, of course. But I like to be out there seeing and experiencing.” Noyes definitely has plenty to see and experience. As Loon’s new director of mountain operations, he’s taken on the task of overseeing the vast infrastructure – seen and unseen – that keeps Loon running through all four seasons. In addition to managing snowmaking, lift operations, and grooming, Noyes tracks a constellation of other departments: building maintenance; electrical; plumbing; vehicle & equipment maintenance; snow tubing; terrain parks; ski patrol; lift maintenance; the Adventure Center, and grounds & property maintenance. Spend half an hour with Noyes, and he’ll likely field several incoming phone calls from a number of different departments. He’s a man in high demand. Noyes has always been busy, but the snowy winter of 2016/17 kicked it up a notch. After spending 20 years as Loon’s director of sales, Noyes was 24

named director of mountain operations last October – just a few weeks before the winter season began. In short order, Noyes went from selling group tours and planning weddings to carrying out an ambitious operating plan for the entire mountain. “A wedding is very focused on a couple days, essentially, and it’s just one big thing, really,” Noyes says. “With this, we’re doing all sorts of stuff constantly, all the time. It’s much more diverse and much more challenging.” If anyone is up to the challenge, it’s Noyes. A native of Millinocket, Maine, Noyes grew up ski racing in the Pine Tree State, and went on to compete for Lyndon State College, where he studied recreation and ski area management. After graduating in 1984, Noyes took a job at The Inn at Loon – which later expanded to become The Mountain Club on Loon. He left the hotel in 1996 to become Loon’s director of sales, where he spent the next two decades setting a relentless pace that few have been able to match. “There’s no one better I could have suggested for director of operations. He does whatever it takes to get the job done,” says Steve Bromley, Loon’s director of Food and Beverage. “If you need help, he’ll drop everything and just help. He’s not a one-department guy.” Bromley should know: he and Noyes were college roommates, and they’ve remained close

friends – and colleagues – for more than three decades. “We’ve been through good and bad times together,” Bromley says. “He’s pretty much like a brother to me.” Noyes’ tireless, selfless work ethic has served him well in his new position. During his first few weeks on the job last winter, he worked around-the-clock with the resort’s snowmakers and groomers to open as much terrain as possible, as quickly as possible. While mild temperatures delayed the start of the season, Loon’s operations crew still managed to open nearly 100 percent of the mountain by the holidays. “It’s been a tremendous learning experience, because they’re the experts,” Noyes said. “We have great managers working, great employees, great people working here. That’s made the transition much easier.”

“There’s no one better I could have suggested for director of operations. He does whatever it takes to get the job done.”

done. As last winter turned to summer, he logged countless miles preparing the resort for the winter to come. In midSeptember, he took a break to help run the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival, a huge event that brings more than 30,000 people to the resort over three days. Noyes has served as the event’s chief troubleshooter for years, solving the sort of problems that arise when several thousand bagpipers, sheepdogs, and caber-tossing strongmen occupy the same space for several days. According to the stats on his iPhone, Noyes walked an average of 30 miles a day during the festival - a nonstop ultramarathon of organizing and problem solving. For anyone else, it would have been a huge logistical and physical challenge. For Noyes, it was just another day at the office. “If you’re going on a walk-around with Andrew, or you’re going from Point A to Point B with him, you’d better get your fast sneakers on,” Bromley says. “His walk is pretty much a jog to some people. Everyone laughs about that – ‘There goes Andrew!’”


The collective expertise of Loon’s employees proved invaluable when Mother Nature served up the inevitable January thaw and mid-February rainstorm last winter. Noyes says the weather – and other unknowns – were the biggest challenges in his new job. “Everyone’s done the right stuff: snowmakers have made lots of great snow; grooming has groomed it all out nicely and the conditions are great,” said Noyes. “Then something comes along, like the weather, and changes everything. And then you’ve got to fix it again. But that’s all part of what we do.”

DID YOU KNOW? • His shoe of choice

the Hoka One One, an ultra-cushioned shoe brand favored by ultramarathoners.

• Starts his day

by 4:30 a.m. in order to arrive at Loon by 6 a.m.

• During last year’s Highland Games

Noyes walked an average of 30 miles a day

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An evening of dining and dancing to support the Loon community. Spend the night hobnobbing with friends new and old, enjoying snowcat rides, a private fireworks display, and live auction. All proceeds benefit the Loon Mountain Area Community Fund. Attendees raised more than $30,000 at the inaugural Golden Gala in 2017.



This post-Turkey Day jib buffet will whet your appetite for another awesome winter in Loon’s full progression of award-winning terrain parks.


Take part in the 29th Annual Kostick Cup Race and Winter Challenge Dinner to support New England Disabled Sports. Since its inception, this event has raised more than $100,000 for NEDS and its adaptive athletes.


Watch as pro and semi-pro snowboarders from across the country compete in the East Coast’s largest and longest-running snowboard event.


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JANUARY 13–15 INDEPENDENCE WEEKEND Snowmaking is how we won our independence from Mother Nature, and Independence Weekend is how we celebrate. Help us salute our hardworking snowmakers with snowcat rides, apres-ski parties, fireworks, and a torchlight parade – one for the kids, too!

Golf fore a good cause. Play nine holes of on-snow golf to benefit New Hampshire’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers who stand up for abused and neglected children in the state’s court system. This event has raised more than $100,000 since it debuted at Loon in 2000.


for Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Rally your team for this fun, daylong event on the slopes. This major fundraiser benefits Can Do MS, a national organization that delivers educational health and wellness programs for families affected by Multiple Sclerosis.



Exactly what you think it is. Watch kids pilot cardboard boxes reimagined as helicopters, moose, and fire-breathing dragons. Corrugated fun for all!

EVENTS 2017– 2018


24–25 DROPPIN’ IN:

Women’s Freestyle Camp with Oakley


Enjoy a sunrise service at the summit, and a bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed egg hunt for the kids.

07 ‘80S DAY

Make your way through a whiteout of neon onesies, straight skis, and exquisitely-teased hair. It’s ‘80s Day, and it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Enjoy some of the best skiing and riding of the winter – and some of the best events, too.

17 LIL’ PLANKERS – A maximum-

fun jump jam, where skiers 14 & under roll giant dice to create their tricks.

18 LIL’ TWEAKERS – A laid back

mini-jump event for all snowboarders 14 & under, Lil’ Tweakers is focused on fun! Riders will spin the Crab Grab Wheel of Grabs and go for maximum style on all types of grabs, from indy to truck-driver to UFO.

21–23 FLUORESCENT NIGHTS 22 SNOWSHOE & S’MORES Independence Weekend fireworks


Springtime pond skimming at its finest. Keep your tips up.

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First Class Beginner’s Weekends Our First Class Beginner’s Weekends program gives participants the skills – and the tools – to become skiers. This intensive weekend program includes lessons and use of a private slopeside learning lounge, and also a free pair of HEAD Skis, boots, and bindings for each participant (while supplies last). New skiers will build camaraderie as they spend the weekend with their coaches, who will fit them with boots, skis, and bindings – which they’ll use during their lessons. The program also includes morning coffee and lunch, as well as an après gathering at the end of the first day for everyone to share their learning experiences and get a taste of the exhilarating winter sports lifestyle. Ages 14 and up. Ski Only.

Learn to Ski or Ride With lessons and equipment specially designed for learning, Loon’s Learn-to-Ski or Ride packages are a convenient & easy way to start skiing or snowboarding. Offered for ages 14 & up, each package includes a lift ticket, equipment rentals and a group lesson. Full-day and half-day packages are available.

Group Lessons Loon offers two-and-a-half and five-and-a-half-hour group ski or snowboard lessons daily. Lessons are taught by coaches who attend Loon’s comprehensive training programs, where the mission is to develop pros and keep them updated on the latest trends, techniques, and equipment. Ages 14 and up.

Park & Pipe Progression Skiers and riders learn valuable skills to optimize their park and pipe experience. This program is for skiers and riders who can comfortably link turns on blue terrain. Come ready to experience Loon’s full progression of award-winning terrain parks. Ages 10–17.

WOMENS CAMPS Droppin’ In This camp is an excellent opportunity for women to take their park and pipe skills to the next level. Campers work with professional coaches, hone their skills in a private park, and even get a goodie bag from Droppin’ In sponsors. Ages 13 and up.

Women’s Performance Camp presented by K2 Intermediate and advanced skiers will love these two-day clinics featuring woman-to-woman coaching and video review. This women-only camp proves you don’t need to ski like a guy to ski better than a guy. Ages 18 & up.

Private Lessons Up to five friends or family members can join a Ski & Snowboard School coach for a customized private lesson. These lessons are available for one, two, three or six hours and include express lift access. The three-hour private lesson is the best value and most popular lesson choice. Children 6 and under will excel while skiing and snowboarding with a children’s coach in a onehour private lesson perfect for one or two children of the same ability. All Ages. 28

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P.K. Boo & Kinderbear

Loon offers both full and half-day P.K. Boo (for 3-yearolds, ski and snowboard) and KinderBear (for 4- to 7-year-olds, ski and snowboard) programs. The P.K. Boo and Kinderbear programs include on-snow learning and fun indoor activities. Both programs are dedicated to teaching kids the basic skills in a fun environment. Lunch is included with full-day and morning camps, and all children are given snacks. .

Burton Riglet Park Experience These snowboard-specific lessons are perfect for kids looking to launch into snowboarding. Using the Paul Bunyan-themed Burton Riglet Park - complete with wood carvings of owls, bears and a replica steam train - beginner riders are immersed in a creative & playful environment to enhance their first experience of sliding on snow. Kids develop balance and other vital skills as coaches tow them through the park using the Burton Riglet Reel (a retractable leash that attaches to the nose of the snowboard).


Ages 3 to 7 years

The Riglet Park Experience includes: lift ticket, lesson, lunch, snacks, indoor-outdoor games, and activities.

Ages 7 to 14 years Discovery Camp

Kids will have a blast making new friends and exploring the mountain – all while developing their skiing and riding skills. Full-day and morning camps include lunch.

Ages 6 weeks to 6 years Daycare

Full and half-day* daycare is available at the Children’s Center, which features large playrooms with ample space for age-appropriate games and activities, plus a soundproofed sleeping room for infants. Lunch is included for children one year old and older. *Half-day is available during non-holiday periods only.

Kids Rule Loon.



SEASONAL PROGRAMS feature curriculum-based training, safety, and etiquette to ensure consistency and wellrounded development, plus express lift access and lunch. Programs run every weekend from mid-December through March, plus vacation weeks and holidays.

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Junior Scouts (age 3) & Scouts (ages 4–5) These season-long camps specialize in on-snow fun and skill instruction for first-time through advanced levels. Development Team (ages 6–17) is for skiers and snowboarders at early-intermediate to expert levels looking to improve their all-mountain skills in racing, park and pipe, trees, and moguls. Competition Teams (ages 7–17) are the most intense programs, designed for athletes who compete in a season-long series of USASA and USSA events throughout New England. VIP Groups are fully-customizable skiing or snowboarding lessons which are designed by the group: dates, lesson length (three to six hours of instruction), and even the coach. Flying 50s is open to anyone age 50+. It’s a great way to make new friends and explore the mountain with others of similar ability. This group meets non-holiday Thursday and Friday mornings at the Octagon Lodge. Social (non-skiing) memberships are available when purchased in conjunction with a skiing membership.

Get in the Program.

NEW ENGLAND DISABLED SPORTS  This nationally-recognized year-round adaptive sports and recreational program offers daily lessons in skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing to individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities. Lessons include private instruction, lift ticket, and equipment rental. | 603-745-6281 x5663


GET EVERYTHING HERE: The Mountainside Rental Shop is the place to go if you want to rent skis, snowboards, boots, poles, and helmets. Rent the latest HEAD skis and boots, and Burton snowboarding equipment. While you’re there, you can also purchase lift tickets and schedule a lesson, too.

SLOPESIDE LOCATION: The Mountainside Rental Shop is conveniently located between the Governor Adams Lodge and Children’s Center. Get your gear and walk right onto the snow.

ALL AGES: Skiers and riders of all ages and abilities can rent equipment here at Loon. If you’re a kid taking a Children’s Center lesson, get your equipment at the Children’s Center.



You don’t need your own gear to ski or snowboard at Loon. We’ve got you covered. Just visit the Mountainside Rental Shop and we’ll fit you with the right gear for a great day on the slopes.

SAVE TIME & RESERVE: Skip the check-in process and reserve your equipment from the comfort of your couch. Call 1-800-229-LOON or at

HOURS OF OPERATION: MIDWEEK 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. WEEKENDS & HOLIDAYS 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Unlimited Rental Pass

Enjoy rentals every time you visit all winter long for just one price.

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Not sure which season pass to get this winter? Don’t sweat it. We’ve crunched the numbers and created this can’t-miss guide to finding the perfect pass for you. To purchase our 2017/18 season pass, visit

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The REGULAR Some people spend their free time scrapbooking or attending Renaissance fairs; you spend most of your downtime on the slopes. Everybody knows your name in the Bunyan Room, but you’ll never divulge your secret powder day stashes. While you spend most of your time at Loon, you’ll take an occasional trip to visit Sugarloaf and Sunday River, our sister New England Pass resorts in Maine. You like to keep your options open.

Your best bets:

GOLD NEW ENGLAND PASS: Your 100-day season awaits. Valid every single day, with no blackout dates. SILVER NEW ENGLAND PASS: Valid 7 days a week with 12 blackout days during major holidays and vacation weeks. BRONZE NEW ENGLAND PASS: Valid Monday through Friday only, non-holiday.

The SCHOLAR You’re a full-time student who spends as much time in the Gondola as a lecture hall. You’ve designed your course schedule to allow for as much on-snow time as possible, yet you still ace (almost) every exam.

Your best bets:

COLLEGE GOLD NEW ENGLAND PASS: Valid every day of the season at Loon, Sunday River, and Sugarloaf. Road trip, anyone?


Valid 7 days a week with 12 blackout dates during holiday periods, this is a more-affordable alternative to the College Gold New England Pass.


PRO TIP: Want to ski or ride for free?

Become a Campus Rep and earn a FREE College Gold New England Pass by selling just 15 college passes to friends and classmates. Keep it up and you’ll earn a $20 commission on each additional College New England Pass you sell.


The LOONATIC Life begins at Exit 32. You’ve visited other mountains, but you just felt dirty afterward. You’re perfectly happy to lap the Gondola for the rest of your life, because Loon is your forever mountain. Also, you’d rather get a Loon-only pass and save your extra cash for the Bunyan Room.

Your best bets:

NEW! MILLENNIAL PASS: You’re paying off student loans and hustling to make your mark on the world. If you’re between the ages of 19 and 29. This pass is valid 7 days a week at Loon with 12 blackout dates. NEW! SUNDAY PASS: Are you a weekend warrior, but don’t want to spring for a full pass? The Loon Sunday Pass was tailor-made for you. Valid all non-holiday Sundays, it’ll give you at least 18 days at Loon this winter. SENIOR BRONZE PASS: You’re retired – or at least semi-retired – and living the dream. With this Monday through Friday, non-holiday pass, you’ll spend your weekdays at Loon catching up on all the vert you missed when you were working.


You like to travel, and can’t imagine spending an entire winter at just one mountain. Your phobia of commitment has resulted in tram-riding at Alyeska, pow days at Big Sky, and delicious crepes at Mont Tremblant. Sad!

Your best bets: M.A.X. PASS: This amazing pass gives you 5 days of skiing and riding at each of 44 mountains across North America. That’s a total of 220 days on snow. M.A.X. PASS ADD-ON: If you’ve already committed to a New England Pass, you can purchase a M.A.X. Pass Add-on. That gets you 5 days of skiing and riding at each of the mountains not already covered by your season pass.

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WINTER ACTIVITIES CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING Explore the beautiful network of trails that run along the Pemigewasset River. Guided tours, rentals, and instruction are available at the Adventure Center. SNOWSHOEING Rent a pair of snowshoes and take a guided summit snowshoe tour, or explore the beautiful trail network along the Pemigewasset River. ICE SKATING Lace up your skates – or rent ours – and enjoy our outdoor ice skating rink. CLIMBING WALL Harness up and test yourself on our indoor climbing wall at the Adventure Center. ZIPLINE An exhilarating adventure that takes riders over the rushing Pemigewasset River and back again.

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SNOW TUBING No skis? No snowboard? No problem. Visit our Snow Tubing Center and let gravity take control. We offer lift-serviced snow tubing with multiple lanes – as well walk-up tubing for younger children.

START HERE: Check in at the Snow Tubing Center, located slopeside between the Octagon Lodge and The Mountain Club on Loon. Lift-serviced snow tubing is offered via the Little Sister Double chairlift, and walk-up tubing is located at the base of the lift. ALL AGES: Little Sister lift-serviced snow tubing is open to everyone ages 8 and up. For kids 7 and under, our walk-up tubing hill offers up pintsized fun. RESERVE IT: Snow tubing sessions have limited spaces available, so call to reserve your one-hour session: 603-745-6281 x5509. REGULAR HOURS 10AM-10PM









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OCTAGON LODGE Serving up breakfast and lunch favorites like the Egg McLoon, Octagon Lumberjack, and Bunyan Burger – all conveniently located just steps from the Gondola. Open daily


RESORT DINING HEARTHSIDE CAFÉ Warm up beside the Octagon Lodge’s rustic fireplace with specialty coffee drinks, pastries, and craft beers. Open weekends & holidays CORNERSIDE CAFÉ Tucked away in a corner of the Octagon Lodge, this cozy café serves up pizzas, paninis, and soups. Open weekends & holidays PAUL BUNYAN ROOM The birthplace of après at Loon, renowned for its live entertainment, legendary Mug Club, and rotating lineup of 24 draft beers. Open daily




SLOPESIDE DELI Everyone’s favorite neighborhood ski-in, ski-out deli, offering fresh-made sandwiches and a great selection of beer and wine. Open weekends & holidays GOVERNOR ADAMS LODGE Situated in the West Basin and serving breakfast and lunch daily. Hungry skiers swear by the Irishman sandwich. Open daily EAST BRANCH CAFÉ Sip rich lattes, caramel macchiatos, and other hot beverages in the Governor Adams Lodge. Open weekends & holidays BABE’S BLUE OX LOUNGE On the upper level of the Governor Adams Lodge, Babe’s is renowned for its atmosphere, après entertainment, and food service. Don’t forget to try the famous Bloody Mary Bar on Sunday mornings. Open daily. Lunch served Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays PEMIGEWASSET BASE CAMP Spending the afternoon at South Peak? Head here for fresh paninis, including the signature Buck Saw and Boom Run sandwiches. Open daily WAFFLE CABIN Located at the base of South Peak, offering authentic Belgian sugar waffles served warm with a chocolate drizzle. Open weekends & holidays SUMMIT CAFÉ Perched atop Loon Peak, the Summit Café serves up mouthwatering Caribbean fare alongside jaw-dropping mountain vistas. Try breakfast burritos, the signature Reggae Roll, and tasty Rum Punch. Open daily CAMP III This mid-mountain gem is famous for its homemade venison stew, house-smoked pulled pork, and daily specials. When spring arrives, the Camp III deck is the perfect spot to relax with friends and soak up the sun. Open daily



This map is for reference only. Not intended for use on the mountain.

MOUNTAIN STATS Summit Elevation 3,050 feet Base Elevation 950 feet Vertical Drop 2,100 feet Slope Exposure Northeast Total Number of Trails 61 Tree-skiing Areas 8 Total Miles of Trails 28


Skiable Acres 370 Snowmaking Trail Coverage 99% Terrain Parks 6


Annual Snowfall 160” (average)


Ability Level Breakdown  Most Difficult, Expert Only 20% More Difficult 60% Easiest 20%

LIFTS 11 Total 1 Four-person Gondola 3 High-speed Express Quad Chairs 1 Fixed-grip Quad Chair 1 Triple Chair 3 Double Chairs 2 Carpet Lifts

HOURS Midweek 9am–4pm Weekend & Holiday 8am–4pm Afternoon 12pm–4pm Winter Mid-November – Mid-April


Summer & Fall  Memorial Day – Columbus Day

GETTING HERE 60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, New Hampshire 03251 Located 3 miles from Exit 32 off Interstate 93 • Boston, MA 2 hours • Manchester, NH 1.5 hours • Hartford, CT 3.5 hours • Montreal, Canada 3 hours • New York City, NY 5.5 hours

CONTACT US General Info 603-745-8111 Snow Phone 603-745-8100

LIFT TICKETS Buy Early & Save only at







Skiers and riders should be advised that a green circle, blue square, black diamond or double black diamond trail at Loon is not necessarily the same as a similarly-rated trail at another area. The system is a relative rating of trails at each resort, and does not compare difficulty between resorts. Skiers and riders should begin with the easiest terrain and move up in difficulty as their ability permits in order to understand relative trail ratings at Loon.



Loon Mountain Resort is located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest, and operates in partnership with the USDA Forest Service to create an incredible vacation experience in a spectacular outdoor setting. It’s a habitat and a heritage we’re working hard to celebrate and protect. To learn more about this region’s natural resources and beauty, visit PRESERVING THE ENVIRONMENT By recycling, reusing, improving our energy efficiency, and doing our part to establish a clean air zone, Loon is helping to protect the environment. To find out more about Loon’s sustainable initiatives, and to see how you can participate, visit


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When Governor Sherman Adams That's a pretty bold plan built Loon Mountain in the 1960s, he for a fox. got lots of help from his friend, Flynn the Flying Fox. After showing the Well, Governor Adams was the driving force building the resort, obviously. He had the Governor where to find the deepest behind vision - and the opposable thumbs - to make it snow and build the best trails, Flynn all happen. left Loon to raise a litter of foxes with So you were more of his wife, Flo. Fast-forward a few decades, and Flynn is back where it all started. We recently caught up with our favorite fox to ask him where he’s been, why he came back, and what he loves about Loon. So sit back, relax, and get ready for one long and fascinating tail.

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Pretty much. I knew the area like the back of my paw, so I worked with the Governor to make the mountain the best it could be. We cut those first trails, painted the gondolas, and designed the base lodges together. We both shared a passion for octagons and burnt orange. What can I say? It was the ‘60s. When I left to raise my family, I knew I was leaving the mountain in good hands.

So what brought you back after so many years? Well, our baby foxes are all grown up and have foxes of their own now. Flo and I moved to Florida for a few years, but we really missed the changing seasons and our grandfoxes, of course. Also, the maple syrup in Florida is atrocious. That’s why we decided to move back up to New Hampshire.

How did you come to live at Loon? I was born and raised here in the White Mountains. As a young pup sowing my wild oats in the 1960s, this place was a fox’s paradise. The only problem was I couldn’t find a good place to ski. That’s when the Governor and I came up with the idea to build Loon Mountain.

So what's it like being six-foot-tall fox? I have good days and bad days. Walking through doorways can be a problem because they weren’t designed for a fox of my stature, but someone from Loon usually helps guide me around the resort. The people here at Loon have been great. They welcome everyone, even plus-size foxes like me.

What do you love about Loon? I love the people. We’re a close-knit community who love skiing and snowboarding. It’s great to be a part of that again.

Where do you live? We've always wanted to see a fox's den. It’s a secret. I’m not trying to be rude, but we animals appreciate a bit of privacy at home, myself included. It’s also near my secret powder day stash, and there’s no way I’m giving that up.

Ok then. Any parting words of wisdom? You’d better wake up bright-eyed and bushytailed if you want to grab first tracks every morning. I should know. I’m a fox.


You’ll find him exploring the Resort, he will gladly accept high fives, fist bumps, and hugs.


the PROGNOSTICATOR OF POW ASTRONAUT. OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST. Dinosaur Hunter. Let’s face it: most of us fantasize about jobs we’ll probably never get. But for a few lucky people out there, dream jobs actually do come true. Mack Willingham became one of the lucky few when he landed a job as Loon’s snow reporter during the winter of 2015-16. While his peers worked in retail or pushed paper at stuffy financial institutions, he spent the winter earning bragging rights – and midweek pow days – alongside his weekly paycheck. But being Loon’s Prognosticator of Pow wasn’t all hump-day pow turns and bottomless chili bread bowls, as Mack quickly realized. Here, Mack tells us how he landed such an awesome job, how he survived the least-snowy winter since Home Alone hit theatres, and why he thinks strangers should talk to each other more on the Gondola. Did you know snow reporting was a thing before you got the job? Absolutely. Just because I’d wake up and check snow reports for pretty much my entire life. But I’d never thought about who the guy behind the report was, really, until I ended up being that guy. How did you become a snow reporter? Somebody sent the job posting to me on Facebook or something and they said “You need to apply for this. It’s the perfect job for you.” I literally dropped what I was doing and spent the rest of the day writing up everything – my cover letter 40

and all that stuff. How did the reality of the job match your expectations? I knew it was going to be awesome and fun but it ended up being ten times more awesome than I had ever anticipated. It was challenging because I had to get up super early every morning. Those early mornings must have been tough. You had a pretty long commute, right? Oh my god, it was horrible. I would have to get up – oh man, if there was a storm in the forecast I’d get up at 3:30 in the morning because I was about 45 minutes away. It was mostly highway, but if the early snowplows don’t run, or if they are running, you’re literally right behind them going 10 miles per hour. I’d be blasting talk radio, trying to keep myself awake and chugging coffee. That drive in the morning could be brutal. What was it like arriving at the mountain every day before everyone else? It was nice, because I’d get to the mountain and I’d be the only person except for the snowmakers and snowcat operators. I’d see them coming down and wave. They were finishing their day and I was starting mine. It was cool. I felt like I was opening up the mountain for the day. I’d get all the stats out on the website and take some nice photos of beautiful sunrises. It was a tough year for snow, but I think there were a couple days when there

were a couple inches on the ground, and that was a nice feeling to come in and see that. Yeah, we only received 66” of snow that year – roughly 40% of our average yearly snowfall. That must have been a challenge to deal with. It was a cruel joke, because it was just the worst possible year to have jumped into that role. But it made it a lot more rewarding for me. It’s easy to write a report when it’s dumping snow. The challenging part is you have to be honest with people and up front with the reality of the conditions, but you can’t not sell the mountain because that’s your job. It forced me to be very creative, and it also brought me out of my comfort zone for sure. I learned a lot more than I ever would have if we had a banner year. What was the actual process of snow reporting like? I would call the mountain operations manager every morning, and he’d give me the lowdown of what was opening for the day, which lifts were running, which trails we’d made snow on

the night before and conditions. That gave me an idea of which trails I should maybe give a shout-out to. It’s not rocket science. Once you knew the routine, it was kind of quick. But the challenge was writing up the snow report. I wrote snow reports five days a week for an entire season, so I don’t know how many reports that is. Each one was wildly different than the one before it. So that was a challenge. You had to get that report out by 6:30 a.m. on the weekends, 7 a.m. during the week, because that’s when people are up and expecting it to be there. I remember some days just tearing my hair out because I had two minutes before I had to have it online and was trying to reword something or the operations plan changed and I have to change everything. That sounds pretty stressful. Even the low points were high points for me. Some mornings it seemed like everything in the world was working against us. One, there was little new snow. Ski patrol might be closing some trails, so the trail count went down and my original report that I wrote – I have to re-write now. The wind picks up, the Gondola goes on hold…everybody’s having to load Seven Brothers. There were some days when it was tough because I’d be out there in rain, trying to take photos. I was wearing a trash bag and trying not to get water on the lens or bust the camera by getting it all soaked. There were days that were damn hard. Were people jealous of you? Oh, absolutely. I had tons of people ask me how I got the job. My friends always would be on me about how I lucked out and got the coolest job. They were all working retail, or were interns at a financial institution. They all hated their lives, but I was skiing. I got 100 + days in, was taking cool photos, meeting pro snowboarders. It was total bragging rights. You’ve since moved on from snow reporting. What are you doing now? Mack, hard at work. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.

I’m a digital advertising specialist. I manage a team of ad experts and we do that on Facebook. I work for a digital marketing agency in the Financial District in Boston. What advice would you give today’s crop of snow reporters?


Never ever ride up the Gondola without saying hi to the person you’re riding with. It’s very tempting sometimes to just sit there and be quiet, but I met so many cool people on the Gondola at Loon. It definitely helped with the work I was doing. As a snow reporter, you’re taking photos, writing reports, trying to reach the people who love the mountain, and connect with them. And really the best way to do that is to talk with them and get to know them. 41



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SKI & SNOWBOARD SCHOOL DIRECTOR “The Woodstock Inn Brewery’s Summer IPA. It’s fantastic. And since my wife works there, we get it for half price. It’s hoppy without making your ears twist.”






CENTRAL RESERVATIONS MANAGER “Flying Goose has a good one. They make a very good chocolate stout. It’s absolutely delicious.”



EVENTS SUPERVISOR “The Stoneface IPA, I think. I feel like it’s a true representation of what an IPA should be.”

SNOWMAKING MANAGER “Common Man Ale. It comes with a good view of South Peak so it’s easier to keep an eye on snowmaking and grooming operations.”



SALES MANAGER “I recently had a Mare Nectaris from Schilling Beer Company in Littleton. It’s a sour beer. I love sour beers.”


LIFT OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR “I like the Foggy Goggle from the Woodstock Inn Brewery. It’s smooth.”


RETAIL ASSOCIATE, LOON MOUNTAIN SPORTS “Tuckerman Pale Ale. I like the richness and the boldness to it. I like the flavor. It’s not too filling for me.”


Follow a local on a powder day, and it’s a pretty safe bet you’ll discover some of the best skiing and riding on the mountain. Which naturally led us to wonder: does the same hold true for beer?

ASSISTANT MANAGER, LOON MOUNTAIN SPORTS “Squam Brewing. That dude bought my house but I can’t remember his name. He started the company out of my old basement. He brews really good beer.”

To answer that question, we polled the experts: our employees. Thanks to their years of painstaking post-work research and rigorous après testing, they helped us sift through dozens of New Hampshire-brewed ales, lagers, and IPAs. The brews they suggested – ranging from the balanced hops of a Stoneface IPA to the opaque refreshment a Foggy Goggles – are some of the best the Granite State has to offer.

ENGINEER, J.E. HENRY RAILROAD “My favorite New Hampshire-brewed beer is Moat Mountain – the Czech Pilsner. It’s crisp and refreshing, so for spring or summer that’s my favorite. I’m a wicked beer person.”



MARKETING MANAGER “The Great North Aleworks Robust Vanilla Porter. It’s a porter that you can drink year-round, so it’s not too heavy – and it comes in a can. It’s kind of like coffee, but with alcohol.”

IT MANAGER “Flying Goose is a great one. Their Pleasant Lake Pilsner is quite good.”


SEASON PASS COORDINATOR “My favorite is the Woodstock Inn Brewery’s Raspberry Weasel Wheat, which is only available in summer. In the wintertime I like their Kanc Maple Porter. It’s kind of bold, because it’s dark, but it’s also got this sweetness to it.”


SIGN SHOP MANAGER “Hmm I’m not sure. I’ll have to think about it. But I can tell you who I get my maple syrup from.”



“I don’t drink beer,” says Jen Tuite, Loon’s graphic designer. “I’ve never found a beer that I liked. They all taste the same to me.” For those who prefer the taste of a Chardonnay to an IPA, New Hampshire now boasts more than 20 wineries. One of Jen’s favorite local vintages is the Viognier from Seven Birches Winery, based in downtown Lincoln. For a full list of New Hampshire’s wineries, visit



“To think that we could raise $30,000 in one night is pretty incredible, I think it just shows what the community of Loon is like. They have a lot of conviction about the area and the people in it.” – RICK KELLEY

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Going once, going twice...A fast-paced auction raised more than $30,000 for the Loon Mountain Area Community Fund.

Shine On The story behind the newly-formed Loon Mountain Area Community Fund

Sometimes, a soda machine is more than just a soda machine. For nearly 15 years during the 1980s and 1990s, an oft-visited Coke machine in Loon’s maintenance center dispensed something far more nourishing than icecold refreshment: relief. For 15 years, every dollar, dime, quarter, and nickel fed into the machine by thirsty employees went directly to vulnerable members of the Lincoln-Woodstock community. “The soda machine generated a fair amount of cash – sometimes we’d have $3,000 to $5,000,” says Rick Kelley, Loon’s longtime president and general manager. “We’d put it into a savings account and whenever we had an employee who had an issue – whether it was a fire or a health issue – we’d take money out of that account and use it to help them out. We called it the ‘Coke Fund.’” Over time, most maintenance center employees were relocated to different parts of the resort and the pool

of thirsty workers dried up. But the desire to help others remained as deep as ever. Last winter, the old ‘Coke Fund’ was reborn as the less sugar-dependent – but no less sweet – Loon Mountain Area Community Fund. Today, if someone in the community surrounding Loon suffers from an accident, injury, medical issue, death in the family, fire, or natural disaster, that person can apply to the fund’s board of directors for help. It’s a simple, effective way of assisting the people who have made Loon what it is today. “It’s trying to preserve the wellbeing of the community that supports Loon, and those individuals who work here,” Kelley says. “In some cases, they’ve dedicated their lives to being in the ski business or tourism business.” With the local community in mind, establishing the fund during Loon’s 50th anniversary season was especially significant. The resort itself was founded in 1966 as a way to help the citizens of Lincoln and North Woodstock weather the slow dissolution of the town’s paper mill, which had sustained the local economy for nearly a century. It was

those erstwhile millworkers who built Loon and helped the resort thrive in its early years; today, many of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren continue to work at the resort. The Loon Mountain Area Community Fund is Loon’s way of giving back to the community that helped it thrive. As it turns out, Loon wasn’t alone in its desire to give back to the community. On a frigid evening last January, more than 200 longtime season passholders and guests raised more than $30,000 for the fund at Loon’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala. The vast majority of that money came during a raucous, highstakes live auction, with bids reaching thousands of dollars apiece for season passes, trails signs, and historic Loon memorabilia. “To think that we could raise $30,000 in one night is pretty incredible,” Kelley says. “I think it just shows what the community of Loon is like. They have a lot of conviction about the area and the people in it.” Kelley hopes that conviction will come full circle. This winter, Loon employees will have the option of donating to the fund through a payroll

Rick Kelley speaks to the crowd at Loon’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala.

deduction program. Loon will match all employee donations, up to $5,000. “It goes back to the old Coke machine,” says Kelley, who has seen the full scope of humanity – births, deaths, tragedies, and successes – affect the community during his 40 years at Loon. “Every time you bought a soda, you were putting money into an account that helped others. It could be yourself – you never know.”

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Loon Mountain Area Community Fund, a 501 (c) (3) charity, please visit


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We get it. The beach is awesome. What with hot sand, seagulls, and low tide, the ocean has rightly earned its status as an iconic summertime destination. But this year, why not try something different? The next time you find yourself drawn to that vast oceanic void, turn the car around and head north. Instead of idling for hours in beach traffic, you’ll spend the day here at Loon, ziplining, biking, and enjoying the fresh mountain air. If you’re new to this, don’t worry. Here’s our step-by-step guide to enjoying a full summer day in the White Mountains.


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Mountain! Grab a Super Adventure Pass or Adventure Pass if you’re staying for the entire day. Only have a couple hours to spare? You can purchase individual activities à la carte, too.

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Grab the kids, load up the car, and hit the road. If you live in Boston, hop on I-93 and head north.



Cross the state line into New Hampshire.


Need a bathroom break? Stop at the Hooksett Rest Area, the Shangri-La of American highway rest stops. If you’re hungry, order a delicious breakfast from The Common Man Roadside or Hi-Way Diner. If you’re over 21, take a turn through the enormous New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet. Live free or die, but don’t do it without tax-free boxed wine. 48

Harness your energy by harnessing up at the Aerial Forest Adventure Park. Spend a couple hours working your way through the forest canopy - up ladders, over swinging rope bridges, and across ziplines. Afraid of heights? The park boasts five courses of varying difficulty levels, so you can start out low and slow and move up from there.


Take a scenic Gondola Skyride to the summit of Loon Mountain. Devour a sweet & spicy Reggae Roll at the Summit Café while you feast on expansive views of the White Mountains. After lunch, climb the observation tower for a better view - or go low to explore a cool labyrinth of summit glacial caves.

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Visit the Adventure Center at the base of the mountain. You can spend the afternoon on the area’s largest climbing wall, flipping out on bungee trampolines, or ziplining high above the swift Pemigewasset River.


Take a well-deserved ice cream break at the Adventure Center Snack Bar. Go ahead and try not to get a brain freeze.


Rent a bike and explore the network of scenic crosscountry trails. Legs too tired? Rent an E-Bike. Featuring Hybrid Cycling Technology, the bike supplies a generous power boost as you pedal. Pro Tip: The harder you pedal (like when you’re climbing a hill) the more the bike’s ingenious SyncDriveTM motor kicks in.


Take the kids to Bunyan’s Bouncin’ Backyard across from the Adventure Center. Inspired by the larger-than life Paul Bunyan (not the common foot condition) this kid-friendly setup includes a bounce house and inflatable games.

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Newly Renovated . . . Now Open Year Round!

Exit 33 off I-93 in Lincoln, NH 603•745•8141

Made from Scratch

Pancakes, waffles, French toast, soups, sandwiches, quiche, ice cream, pies and more. Open Daily at 7 am

• Two Indoor Pools

Your choice! Standard room at the Resort, or • 6 miles to Loon & Budget room or Cannon ski areas Family Suite w/ Kitchen & Jacuzzi • Discount Ski Tickets Bathtub at the Inn • Ski & Stay Packages • Sauna & Jacuzzi

I-93, Exit 38 • 672 Rte. 117 • Sugar Hill, NH


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TWO LOCATIONS Gondola Barn | Governor Adams Lodge

From cruising down the slopes and tubing runs filled with laughter to relaxation at the spa and enjoying some local flavors, there’s no better place to start your adventure than the Western White Mountains. Visit to plan your next stay.


800-229-7829 | The Mountain Club on Loon is your only ski in- ski out lodging on Loon Mountain. Awaken from a quiet, restful sleep to views of fresh snow and the White Mountains….just steps away. The car stays in the garage and you can ski home for lunch. After your day of adventure, kick back & relax in our casual Black Diamond Pub, swim in our lap-size pool or book a rejuvenating treatment in our Viaggio Spa. Delivering awesome family ski vacations The Mountain Club on Loon is close, simple, complete.


800-258-8934 | Enjoy the many modern comforts in our recently renovated 73-room property in the picturesque White Mountains. Start your day with a filling continental breakfast (included in your stay) and end it by relaxing in the indoor heated pool, hot tub or sauna. Conveniently located just 1 mile off I-93 and close to Loon, Cannon, Waterville Valley, Bretton Woods, snowmobile trails and other winter recreation. The Days Inn Beacon offers a variety of room accommodations to satisfy any visitor, including pet friendly cabins. Call for ski packages and discounts.


800-343-8000 | Our 180 acres of scenic splendor is home to 98 resort units with scenic private balconies, cottages & bungalows all featuring 50” HDTV’s with over 60 HD channels. Enjoy the indoor pool, heated outdoor pool and spas ALL YEAR LONG! Award winning Profile Dining Room and live entertainment in the Thunderbird Lounge are great ways to relax after a fun-filled day. Indian Head Resort is the perfect home base for your visit to the area with discounted tickets available.


888-784-7829 | Experience the best of the Northeast in the heart of the White Mountains. Choose from hotel rooms, studio, 1- or 2-bedroom suites with full kitchens and Jacuzzi tubs. Enjoy the indoor pool, spa, and great room. Close to South Peak at Loon Mountain and offering a free shuttle to Loon Mountain on weekends and holidays. Central location means convenience- the possibilities for dining and entertainment are endless!


603-823-5511 | A four-season resort in scenic Franconia Notch. Slopeside of Mittersill Mountain and Cannon Mountain. Spectacular vacation enjoyment in the White Mountains. Selected hotel rooms or spacious 1- and 2-bedroom units with full kitchens. Indoor/outdoor swimming pools, Jacuzzi, sauna, fitness room, game room, and Barron’s Pub. Specially-priced ski vouchers.


603-745-9900 | Located within walking distance to downtown Lincoln on the famous Kancamagus Highway (Rte 112) across from Loon Mountain, Pollard Brook offers 1-,2- & 3- bedroom suites, many with gorgeous views of Loon and the White Mountains from balconies or patios. Accommodations feature living rooms with electric fireplaces, full-equipped kitchens, and many of our master bedrooms have whirlpool tubs. The spacious resort has both indoor and outdoor pools, Fitness Room and Game Room, tennis courts and playground. And best of all a year-round staff focused on your experience and an Adventure Concierge who plans excursions and trips for all ages and abilities.


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603-745-7500 | Experience exceptional at the grand new RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain. With all the amenities you would expect from a 4-star resort, plus an on-site commercial winery, fine Italian cuisine, award-winning spa, and ice skating around the indoor/outdoor heated pools, your stay at RiverWalk will be exceptional. The studio, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom luxury suite rentals all have full kitchens, balconies with mountain views, and plenty of space to stretch out after a day on the slopes.


800-635-8968 | Featuring 142 rooms ranging from standard rooms with compact refrigerators and coffee makers, 2-bedroom family units to suits with hot tub, fireplace, and full kitchen. Woodwards features an Open Hearth Steak House, pub with fireplace, 2 indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, Jacuzzi and a lighted ice skating pond. Known for customer service and offering great ski-and-stay packages. Purchase a winter lodging pass that includes multiple lodging vouchers, free lift ticket, and other discounts.


800-745-5666 | Vacation rental specialist professionally managing private condos and townhouses in the Lincoln-Woodstock area of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Rentals are located throughout 12 resorts all within five miles of Loon Mountain. Vacation rentals include full kitchens and living areas, most have wood or gas fireplaces, access to fitness rooms, and indoor pools. Pet friendly homes available.


800-548-4748 | The Sugar Hill Inn is a romantic escape for skiers. No children, please. Enjoy the best fine dining in the White Mountains. Rooms with fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, robes, slippers, chocolates, and coffee or espresso. Convenient to Cannon, Loon and Bretton Woods.


888-777-7813 | Your country house in the White Mountains located three miles from Loon Mountain Resort with seven bedrooms and family suites all with private bath, HDTV, some with Jacuzzi & fireplace. Honeymoon cottages with fireplace and two-person Jacuzzi tub. Gourmet breakfast includes homemade muffins, cranberry-nut pancakes or brie omelets. Call to hear about our great ski or zip packages.  OODSTOCK INN, STATION & BREWERY W 800-321-3985 | New Hampshire’s favorite getaway for food, fun, and relaxation. 40 unique guest rooms, many with whirlpools and fireplaces. The Woodstock Station was voted White Mountains’ favorite nine times by NH Magazine and is a Phantom Gourmet “Hidden Gem”. Award-winning microbrewery, lounge, and entertainment. Free Wi-Fi and use of nearby indoor/outdoor pool and health club. Ski packages.


866-734-2164 | The Nordic Inn has it all. Conveniently located minutes to your outdoor adventure. Affordable and spacious 1-, 2- or 3- bedroom condominiums that feature gas-log fireplace, full kitchen and unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi. Amenities include free shuttle to Loon Mountain, family game area, fitness center, indoor heated pool with attached hot tub. Ski discounts available to our guests.




888-883-2305 | Central to four great ski areas with affordable and spacious one, two, or three bedroom condominiums that boast gas fireplaces, full kitchens, one full bath per bedroom, free wi-fi and parking. Perks include free shuttle bus to Loon Mountain Resort, family game area/fitness center, indoor heated pool with attached hot tub, three saunas and racquetball. Discounted tickets to Loon Mountain.  HE LODGE AT LINCOLN STATION T 800-654-6188 | The Lodge, a four-season resort in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire, offers studios, one-bedroom, and loft suites with kitchenettes and private balconies. Amenities include: fireplace in great room, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, saunas, game rooms, CCTV, free HBO, free wireless Internet access, and free shuttle to Loon Mountain.


603-745-6688 | Off the beaten path, minutes from shopping and restaurants and only five minutes to Loon. Enjoy the solitude of the gorgeous two-bedroom Presidential Cabin, accommodating up to six people. Features fully-equipped kitchen, gas fireplace, queen-sized bed, two bunk beds, and queen pull-out sofa.


603-745-3661 | Located centrally among the area’s attractions and recreation, EconoLodge Inn & Suites in the ultimate choice as your ‘base camp’ for all your vacation activities in the White Mountain region. On-site amenities include a deluxe continental breakfast, indoor heated pool, sauna, whirlpool, fitness room and guest laundry, some rooms available with in-room Jacuzzis. Special packages and discounts at area attractions available.


603-745-6700 | Check out the value! Newly renovated guest rooms, complimentary hot breakfast, indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi and cardio room all located within walking distance to downtown shops and restaurant. Complimentary shuttle to Loon Mountain on weekends and holiday weeks. Ask about our stay and ski packages.

INN 32

603-745-2416 | Inn 32 lies in the heart of the White Mountains of New Hampshire and provides affordable accommodations conveniently located on I-93 in North Woodstock. Guests can walk to nearby restaurants, shops, post office and deli and is only a short drive to many NH attractions. Seasonal rentals available.


603-745-3365 | Just 1 mile from Loon Mountain, affordable lodging with all the amenities of a large resort, full-size indoor pool, restaurant, bar, plus complimentary weekend and vacation week ski shuttle. A variety of accommodations to choose from, most with views of Loon’s South Mountain. Ask about our fabulous in-room steambath showers and Stay & Ski Packages.


800-633-5624 | Comfort and relaxation await you on a quiet riverside location just three miles to Loon Mountain. Family-friendly accommodations with kitchenettes and some with fireplaces. Indoor pool and fitness facility available off site. Seasonal rentals available.




We’ve taken 51 trips around the sun since the first gondola carried skiers to the summit of Loon Mountain in December of 1966. Since then, a grand total of 204 seasons have streamed over the mountain – an endless flow of falling leaves, drifting snow, and blooming wildflowers. And while we’re partial to winter (for obvious reasons) each season has a unique character, and its own beauty. Here, then, are some of our favorite spots on the mountain to sit back and watch the seasons change.


Angel Street: An out-of-this-world view, even without snow. Shot July 6, 2016.

Peak foliage brightens the view down the Pemigewasset River, with Mount Moosilauke in the distance. Shot October 12, 2015. 56

A butterfly samples a few wildflowers atop Loon Peak. Shot July 5, 2017.

Autumn: We hate to see you go, but we love to watch you leaf. Shot Oct. 12, 2016. 57

Low clouds and fall foliage decorate Loon Peak, as seen from North Peak. Shot Oct. 4, 2016

First day, first tracks. Shot Jan. 1, 2017. 58

Sunrise over Angel Street, with a low-level cloud inversion. Shot March 27, 2015.

Winter on Upper Walking Boss, with a typically-amazing view of Mount Washington. Shot Jan. 17, 2016. 59





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with Full Breakfast for Two

Loon’s only ski-in, ski-out resort. Stay in one of the newly-renovated rooms, studios or suites with stunning views of the White Mountains. Indulge in pampering treatments at New Hampshire’s only slopeside spa & wellness center, and dip into the outdoor hot tub and indoor pool. Relax in the Black Diamond Pub and Seasons Restaurant with your favorite brew and delicious locally-sourced cuisine: homemade soups, breads, entrees and desserts.

Book your getaway at 800.229.7829 or visit

MTNCLUB.COM | 90 Loon Mountain Road | Lincoln, NH 03251

* Quad occupancy with a minimum two-night stay. Plus tax & resort fee. One child (12 & under)eats free with each paying adult. May not be combined with any other offer or discount. Early- and late-season specials available.

Photo: Dan Brown

Kids Eat Free

Loon Magazine 2017/18  

Your guide to Loon Mountain Resort and the surrounding White Mountains.

Loon Magazine 2017/18  

Your guide to Loon Mountain Resort and the surrounding White Mountains.