Triple Trouble in New Hampshire
If you haven’t skied Loon in a while, now is the time to go! With the recent snow fall in New England and more predicted over the weekend the conditions are at an all-time high. And although I call New Hampshire my home, the number of days I ski in the White Mountains in a winter is less than 15 days from November to May and I am glad that I have been home this first week of February 2011.
On Wednesday I got a call from a friend who said he was staying in Lincoln and wanted to ski Loon on Friday, he could hear my hesitation when I said, “Loon… really?” So the plan was made, gondola at 9am and on the ride up I was encouraged, the entire mountain was not groomed. So we headed for the warm up run on Angel Street and it was good, very good, I hadn’t seen the cover and lack of ice on this trail in over 15 years. On the next lap we went directly to “Triple Trouble”, this has been one of my favorite trails in New Hampshire since I was 10 and thankfully the mountain has still not installed snowmaking on this trail. I do believe other than their glades this is the only trail without snowmaking. There are some seasons that “Triple Trouble” isn’t open at all, so to have it with the best conditions in years is truly special.
Non snowmaking trails are the best because the moguls form better and the snow is rarely icy and yes they have rocks but so what. Plus because the snow is typically softer and not as deep they get groomed far less if at all.
“Triple Trouble” has all of the great characteristics of an east coast trail, a double fall line, that winds and twist through the woods. Although I think the trail has been widen over the years, it is still as I remember it as a kid. I have so many memories of skiing this trail as a kid with my buddies and family on ski trips to Loon with the Blizzard ski club from Boston and then again with my ski shop friends from the Ski Market in the early eighties.
The beauty of skiing Triple Trouble this day was I was doing it with Tommy Richardson who was a ski bum in the mid 1970’s and has known me since I was 13. Tommy and his wild gang of skiers in Sugarbush are the foundation of my skiing and attitude for life. Tom is one of those guys that tell you like it is and loves a great story and is always in search of new adventures and because of his back ground of living the ski bum life, it goes without saying that pace of the day would be “flat out” and talk would be on the lift.
Triple Trouble provided all that was needed for use to rip into it. The snow was perfect packed powder and there was not another sole to be found as we lapped the run. You don’t have to take my advice on what line to ski this trail, but as Tom illustrated in his line choice the far skiers right tree line holds not only the snow but the challenge because it goes from the high line to the low line as the trail enters into the first twist.
We even found great snow and ungroomed skiing on the “new” south mountain and the skiing in the glade there was as good as New England has to offer. So if you haven’t skied Loon in a while because of the crowds, over grooming and general corporate resort feel, now is the time to venture back to experience the resort and the vision the Adam’s family had when they founded this resort back in the day!