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Loon as seen from South Kinsman (2011)
Loon Mountain Resort
Lincoln, New Hampshire
Status: Open
First Season:1966-67
Vertical Drop:2100 feet
Standing Lifts:1 gondola, 3 high speed quads, 1 quad, 1 triple, 3 doubles, surface lifts
Past Lifts:1 gondola, 1 triple, 3 doubles, surface lifts
Left: Loon as seen from South Kinsman (2011)
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Located in Lincoln, New Hampshire, Loon Mountain Resort is one of the largest and most popular ski areas in New England.

Development of Loon

In the early 1960s, old mill town Lincoln, New Hampshire was on the verge of a drastic change. Spurred by President Dwight Eisenhower's Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, Interstate 93 was being constructed from Boston to Lincoln. At the same time, the winter sport of alpine skiing was exploding in popularity.

President Eisenhower's former Chief of Staff Sherman Adams grew up in Lincoln and went on to become President of the Dartmouth Outing Club and Governor of New Hampshire. Following his time in Washington, he returned to the White Mountains in search of a mountain to build a ski area.

While Sawyer River Skiway looked like a compelling place to build a ski area, his longtime home of Lincoln seemed more promising, due to improvements to the Kancamagus Highway, the expansion of Interstate 93, and the urging of his wife Rachel. The $700,000 project started in the fall of 1965 at Loon Mountain with Adams, a veteran of the logging industry, working on the mountain nearly every day during construction.

The trail and lift system was designed by Sel Hannah, who aimed to provide novice and intermediate trails primarily served by what would be New Hampshire's third gondola. While some had suggested building expert terrain east of the gondola, Hannah claimed the area would be too steep to hold snow.

Loon Opens

The Loon Gondola in the circa 1966-67
The Loon Gondola in the circa 1966-67

Alongside Waterville Valley, Loon debuted in December of 1966 with a dozen trails spanning 80 acres, served by a four person gondola and two double chairlifts. The 1,744 vertical foot gondola opened on December 27. The new area featured a Carroll Reed ski shop and a Jon Putnam ski school.

A new 45 room hotel debuted for the 1967-68 season adjacent to the base area, complete with a restaurant, lounge, and indoor swimming pool.

After sometimes being referred to as 'Medicare Mountain' due to its largely intermediate and novice trail network, Loon expanded into the East Bowl (later known as the East Basin) for the 1968-69 season. A Hall double chairlift was installed to serve three new trails, as well as to provide an alternative way to get to the summit.

The 1970s Loon base area
The 1970s Loon base area

Following a rough winter in 1969-70, Loon installed the first portion of its snowmaking system. Billed as a 'computer-controlled automatic operation,' the initial installation covered 23 acres. The system was expanded to 40 acres for the 1971-72 season. The capstone of the system was a prayer rug with a snowflake and arrow design, created for Adams' office by his wife and daughter.

To help transport skiers from distant parking spaces to the base lodge, as well as to provide an off season attraction, Adams acquired a wood burning locomotive named Old Pufferbelly in the early 1970s.

Expansion West, North, and South

The Loon Gondola (1970s)
The Loon Gondola (1970s)

Loon's next big expansion took place starting in 1978-79, when the first phase of the West Basin expansion took place. Initially consisting of new terrain served by a new chairlift, a base lodge was constructed at the foot of the chairlift for the 1979-80 season, followed by a second West Basin chairlift for 1980-81.

For the 1984-85 season, the $1.7 million North Peak area debuted, serviced by a triple chairlift. The new area also featured snowmaking and a lodge. Meanwhile, condominium development was in full swing with 730 units built by that time.

Additional lower mountain chairlifts were installed for the 1985-86 and 1986-87 seasons. The 1986-87 season wound up being bittersweet, starting with the death of founder Sherman Adams in October. A few months later, on March 10, Loon crossed the 300,000 skier visit mark for its first time ever, putting it neck and neck with rival Waterville Valley.

The two decade old gondola was replaced with a new Doppelmayr for the 1988-89 season. Also around this time, Loon was working on what originally was to be a $27 million expansion project that included 7 lifts and 39 trails. While the proposal was scaled down in 1990, the eventual South Peak project was be delayed for nearly two decades due to continued red tape, personal threats, and lawsuits.

New Ownership

The Lincoln Express Quad under construction on South Peak (2007)
The Lincoln Express Quad under construction on South Peak (2007)

Further modernization efforts took pace in the 1990s, including the replacement of the West Basin lifts with the area's first high speed detachable quad in 1995. On February 26, 1998, Booth Creek Ski Holdings, Inc. purchased Loon Mountain, bringing it under the same ownership as Cranmore and Waterville Valley.

North Peak received a new high speed detachable quad for the 2004-05 season. In January of 2007, Booth Creek Ski Holdings, Inc. sold Loon to CNL Income Properties, Inc., retaining operational control. Later that year, Boyne USA Resorts took over operational control and opened the long awaited South Peak complex. Though slowed due to economic issues, improvements have been gradually deployed at South Peak in subsequent years. Meanwhile, the snowmaking system was greatly improved, both in terms of number of snowguns and overall pumping capacity, allowing Loon to be a state leader in terms of early season terrain open.

In June of 2014, the proposed new beginner area at South Peak was approved by the White Mountain National Forest, paving the way for future expansion.

NewEnglandSkiConditions.com Reports
Month Average Percent of Terrain Open
November10%    (2 reports)10 Open
December41%    (4 reports)41 Open
January73%    (2 reports)73 Open
February90%    (1 report)90 Open
March100%    (1 report)100 Open
April48%    (2 reports)48 Open
Recent Conditions Reports
Mar. 26, 2017 by nordicgal
Packed Powder, Frozen Granular
Jan. 27, 2017 by crossbowsr
Packed Powder, Packed Powder
Dec. 30, 2016 by ski365
Packed Powder, Powder
Nov. 23, 2016 by beccam
Variable Conditions, Loose Granular
Apr. 9, 2016 by rocket21
Variable Conditions, Variable Conditions
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Expansion History
Project
Season
East Basin
Open
1968-69
West Basin
Open
1978-79
North Peak
Open
1984-85
South Peak
Open
2007-08
Beginner Area at South Mountain
Proposed
2010s

Image Gallery
1966-67 Eastern Ski Map1967-68 Eastern Ski Map1970-71 Eastern Ski Map1971-72 Eastern Ski Map1977-78 Ski The White Mountains BrochureLoon Aerial Imagery, 1993 vs. 2011
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
Installation of the East Basin Double in 1968
East Basin Double
Hall-Doppelmayr-CTEC
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1968-69
The Loon Gondola top terminal in 2008
Gondola
Doppelmayr
Gondola - 4 Person
1988-89
The Kancamagus Quad in 2007
Kancamagus Express
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
1995-96
The Kissing Cousin Double in 2007
Kissing Cousin Double
CTEC
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1986-87
Construction of the Lincoln Express in 2007
Lincoln Express
Doppelmayr-CTEC
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
2007-08
The Little Sister Double base terminal (front-left) circa the 1970s
Little Sister Double
Hall-CTEC
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1966-67
The North Peak Express Quad in 2007
North Peak Express
Doppelmayr-CTEC
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
2004-05
Construction of the Riverside Connector in 2010
Riverside Connector
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
2010-11
The top of the Seven Brothers Triple in 2012
Seven Brothers Triple
CTEC
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1985-86
The future Tote Road Quad lift line in 2007
Tote Road Quad
Doppelmayr-CTEC
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
2007-08

Past Lifts
Seasons
The Loon Gondola in the 1960s
Gondola
PHB
Gondola - 4 Person
1966-67
-
1987-88
The North Peak Triple circa the 1980s
North Peak Triple
CTEC
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1984-85
-
2003-04
The Seven Brothers Double base terminal (center-middle) circa the 1970s
Seven Brothers Double
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1966-67
-
1984-85
The West Basin Doubles circa the 1980s
West Basin
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1978-79
-
1994-95
The West Basin Doubles circa the 1980s
West Basin II
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1980-81
-
1994-95

Maps
1967-68 Loon Mountain Trail Map1968-69 Loon Mountain Trail Map1971-72 Loon Mountain Trail Map1980-81 Loon Mountain Trail Map1996-97 Loon Mountain Trail Map1999-00 Loon Mountain Trail Map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2016-17$95.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$1309.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph13.8 daysNovember 23April 162016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$85.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$1245.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph14.6 daysNovember 25April 10325,0002015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$83.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$1245.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph15.0 daysNovember 15April 19333,8092014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$81.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$1210.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph14.9 daysNovember 8April 20322,6982013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$79.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$1175.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph14.9 daysNovember 16April 14427,6112012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$78.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$1149.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph14.7 daysNovember 20April 10320,5172011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$76.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph$1079.002010-11 Season Pass Price Graph14.2 daysNovember 23April 17386,3062010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$73.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph$1049.002009-10 Season Pass Price Graph14.4 daysDecember 11April 10360,6842009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$73.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$1049.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph14.4 days362,0532008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$69.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$849.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph12.3 daysApril 21425,4332007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$67.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$569.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph8.5 daysDecember 8April 15355,0132006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$65.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph2005-06 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 25April 17301,0002005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$59.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph2004-05 Season Pass Price GraphApril 17301,0002004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$54.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$459.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph8.5 daysApril 18322,0002003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$54.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph$489.002002-03 Season Pass Price Graph9.1 daysApril 20359,0002002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$51.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph$489.002001-02 Season Pass Price Graph9.6 days301,0002001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$49.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph2000-01 Season Pass Price Graph385,0002000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$47.001999-00 Ticket Price Graph1999-00 Season Pass Price GraphApril 23304,0001999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1998-99$46.001998-99 Ticket Price Graph1998-99 Season Pass Price GraphApril 11297,0001998-99 Skier Visit Graph
1997-98$45.001997-98 Ticket Price Graph$1080.001997-98 Season Pass Price Graph24.0 days350,0001997-98 Skier Visit Graph
1996-97$45.001996-97 Ticket Price Graph$1080.001996-97 Season Pass Price Graph24.0 days1996-97 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$38.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 141992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$36.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph340,0001991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$38.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price Graph279,0001990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$36.001989-90 Ticket Price Graph1989-90 Season Pass Price Graph344,6461989-90 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1988-89$30.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 19331,7001988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$32.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph329,1381987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1986-871986-87 Ticket Price Graph1986-87 Season Pass Price Graph343,7001986-87 Skier Visit Graph
1985-861985-86 Ticket Price Graph1985-86 Season Pass Price Graph279,2491985-86 Skier Visit Graph
1984-851984-85 Ticket Price Graph1984-85 Season Pass Price Graph232,5781984-85 Skier Visit Graph
1983-84$20.001983-84 Ticket Price Graph1983-84 Season Pass Price Graph188,0001983-84 Skier Visit Graph
1982-83$20.001982-83 Ticket Price Graph1982-83 Season Pass Price Graph146,1581982-83 Skier Visit Graph
1981-821981-82 Ticket Price Graph1981-82 Season Pass Price Graph222,6021981-82 Skier Visit Graph
1980-811980-81 Ticket Price Graph1980-81 Season Pass Price Graph140,0231980-81 Skier Visit Graph
1979-80$14.001979-80 Ticket Price Graph1979-80 Season Pass Price Graph126,7301979-80 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1978-79$13.001978-79 Ticket Price Graph1978-79 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 1124,6201978-79 Skier Visit Graph
1977-78$11.001977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 9130,0001977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1976-771976-77 Ticket Price Graph1976-77 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 41976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1975-76$10.001975-76 Ticket Price Graph1975-76 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 61975-76 Skier Visit Graph
1974-75$10.001974-75 Ticket Price Graph1974-75 Season Pass Price Graph1974-75 Skier Visit Graph
1973-74$10.001973-74 Ticket Price Graph1973-74 Season Pass Price Graph1973-74 Skier Visit Graph
1972-73$10.001972-73 Ticket Price Graph1972-73 Season Pass Price Graph1972-73 Skier Visit Graph
1971-72$10.001971-72 Ticket Price Graph1971-72 Season Pass Price Graph1971-72 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$9.001970-71 Ticket Price Graph1970-71 Season Pass Price Graph1970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$9.001969-70 Ticket Price Graph1969-70 Season Pass Price Graph1969-70 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1968-69$7.501968-69 Ticket Price Graph$150.001968-69 Season Pass Price Graph20.0 days1968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1967-68$7.501967-68 Ticket Price Graph$150.001967-68 Season Pass Price Graph20.0 daysNovember 181967-68 Skier Visit Graph
1966-67$7.001966-67 Ticket Price Graph$135.001966-67 Season Pass Price Graph19.3 days1966-67 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"I so loved Loon Mountain when it first opened. I was six years old our first winter going there. My parents were avid skiers. They would drive my brother, sister and I to Loon early on Saturday morning. We would ski our hearts out the entire day, and then get back the back for the very long ride home. Then we would do the same thing again on Sunday. Thx mom and dad! I have the best memories of those days!"
Tang Boche, Oct. 8, 2015
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External Links
  • Loon Mountain - official site
  • Last updated: April 6, 2017

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