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Loon Mountain in New Hampshire

What to Bring

Snow sports
equipment (can be rented at the
resort)
  Waterproof jacket, snow pants,
waterproof gloves, glove straps for
kids
Goggles or serious sunglasses with strap   Helmet (strongly
recommended for all ages)
Wool or sport
socks
  Lip balm
Sun lotion   Painkiller
 

Specs

  Directions
 
From Boston, take I-93 north for 54 miles
Cross the New Hampshire toll border
Stay on I-93 North for another 70 miles
At I-93 Exit 32, turn left (Northeast) to SR-
112 (Main St)
Continue for 2 miles
Take Kancamagus Highway for 1.5 miles to Loon Mountain
Lodging is on both sides of the road, with the resort on your right
  Good to know in advance
 
Lifts open at 9 am on weekdays, 8 am on weekends, and close at 3:45 pm

Lift tickets (weekdays/weekends) for one day: Adult (19+): $52/$59; Young Adult
(13-18): $42/$49; Junior (6-12): $32/$37

Ski rentals (full day): Adult $35, Child $26
Snowboard rentals (full day): Adult $ 35,
Child $26
Rentals can be reserved in advance with a credit card by calling 800-229-LOON(5666)
Night tubing hours are from 6 pm to 9 pm
with breaks at 7 and 8:20 pm
Tubing costs $12 per hour for lift-serviced tubing, $7 per hour otherwise
Daycare center available for children 6
weeks to 6 years: full day (8 am - 4 pm):
$59 midweek, $64 weekend/holidays with lunch included for one-year olds and up
Loon Mountain: 60 Loon Mountain Rd,
Lincoln NH 03251; 603-745-8111 or 1-800-229-LOON (5666); www.loonmtn.com
  Etiquette
 
Obey the standard ski resort guidelines for courtesy and safety on the slopes
Announce yourself when overtaking
slower skiers
Stay courteous on the slopes, especially
with skiers of different abilities and skill
levels
 
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Difficulty: 3/5
  Time from Boston: 2 hours
  Duration: Weekend/ Overnight
  Cost:

From $52 per adult (lift ticket)

  Main activity:

Alpine skiing

 
 
 
 
A relatively short drive up from Boston, Loon offers 2,100 feet of vertical drop, snowmaking nearly everywhere for reliable terrain, nearly 65% intermediate trails and an excellent lesson's program.

A weekend excursion to Loon offers a great mix: a reasonable distance from Boston, a range of slope challenges, amenities and attractions for the whole family.

Loon has 45 trails, and lifts that include a gondola, six chairs and three tow or surface lifts. Snowboarding is unrestricted at Loon, and there is a terrain park. The resort offers night tubing, just in case you have energy left after a day on the slopes.

The resort is well-known for its family focus; in particular, several children's camps and day packages are available for ages three and up. Click here for more info on the many children's programs. There is also a daycare facility if you want to give your kids (or yourself) a break.

Loon also offers a good environment for those avid of Nordic skiing: with about 35 kilometers of trails, the resort allows those couples or friends with different ski interests to practice their preferred snowsports and still meet at night around the fireplace. Click here to get more information about the many options available. In particular, Loon offers a reasonably priced beginner Package at $49, that includes a one-hour lesson, equipment rental, and an all-day trail pass. Trail passes alone cost $14 for a full day.

Due to its proximity to Boston, Loon can be very busy on weekends. If you can get away during the week, on less popular weekends, or when the weather turns a bit colder than usual, you will encounter fewer crowds and find the resort more enjoyable.

With only a two-hour drive to hit the slopes, some find Loon to be a reasonable day-trip destination, and pass on the lodging altogether. On the other hand, there are several choices for accommodations that offer stay and ski packages:
The Mountain Club at Loon is an on-mountain lodge with fitness center and indoor pool; ski/stay packages start at $79 midweek, $139 weekend (rates per person based on double occupancy)
The Comfort Inn and Suites offers regular rooms and 2-room suites that include a fireplace and whirlpool; it also features an indoor pool and an exercise room; continental breakfast is complimentary; packages start at $78 midweek, $112 weekend
The Innseason Resorts in nearby Lincoln, NH, offers a range of accommodations starting at $67.50 midweek, $102.50 weekend
The Econolodge on Route 3 in Lincoln offers regular rooms as well as rooms with Jacuzzi or kitchenettes; packages start at $66 midweek, $106 weekend.

Since new packages are regularly offered, check the resort website at www.loonmtn.com before making a reservation.