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Is Loon worth the drive this weekend?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I'm contemplating a day trip to Loon this weekend. It's a 2 hour drive each way.

Has anyone been recently? Are conditions worth the trip for one last ski day this season? How's the coverage?

The weather looks decent: http://weather.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/iwszone?Sites=:nhz003 , though I imagine any snow they get this week will be gone by the weekend.
post #2 of 10
They had great conditions, plenty of coverage and very low turnout this past Sunday. (I heard good reports as well from others on Alpine Zone who went... there are some photos in the gallery there.) The weather looks cooperative all week, so I'd definitely go for it.
post #3 of 10
Not as recent feedback as you're looking for, but I drove by Loon about 6pm on Friday Apr 1. At that time it looked to be in real good shape and had zero apparent brown/thin spots from what I could see from Kancamagus Hwy.
post #4 of 10
if you're driving up from boston, you may wish to consider wildcat as an alternative to loon. the view from tucks on sunday saw coverage on all trails. wildcat is always great for spring skiing and you can't beat the views. i do not have first hand reports from either area, but i love hitting the cat in april. add an extra hour but you burn less gas...
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
yeah, I'd love to try Wildcat sometime (and Cannon, if it were open), but I have a season pass at Loon, so I'll probably stick with that this time.

But what I don't get is, how do you burn less gas to Wildcat? Loon is only a couple of miles off of I-93.
post #6 of 10
you drive slower going up route 16 (it's 55mph limit in most places).
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
from Boston, it's a straight shot up I-93 to Loon (one of the reasons it gets so crowded, I think). you might be thinking of Cranmore.
post #8 of 10
yea, i know. you drive slower up route 16 than i-93 so you burn less gas. your car eats up more gas going 70+ which is standard on i-93 than going 55mph which is standard on route 16. i was not thinking of cranmore.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
ah, gotcha. I'm still not convinced that the slower speeds make up for the extra 35 miles or so. but I get your point :-)
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
update: it was definitely worth the trip. some bare spots, but pretty good coverage overall. amazing weather (60s on Sat., 70s on Sun.)!

it's just a shame the season's over :-(
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