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Loon Mountain

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Thread Starter 
Has anybody skied Loon Mountain in new Hampshire, if so any comments.
post #2 of 27
you list loon mountain, NH as your home mountain in your profile, so dare i ask why you are soliciting comments on the mountain you already likely know a lot about?
post #3 of 27
yes, any specific question or are you doing a headcount? I personally like Cannon better if I'm in that area. Crowds are usually too out of control at Loon.
post #4 of 27
I have to say, "I will never go back to loon!" I will ski at Blue Hills, 300ft vertical, but not at loon. If you enjoy waiting in lift lines go to loon, if not go to Cannon or Waterville!
post #5 of 27
Thread Starter 
i just wanted to hear other opinions about it. I love the mountain but not the crowds
post #6 of 27
I mostly ski on weekends, so I don't ski at Loon very often. Loon has great lifts, excellent highway access, a fun ski town near by, interesting terrain and good snow making. The crowd factor is way too high on weekends and Loon has one of the most dangerous trail intersections in the East at Grand Junction.

If I'm in that area of the White Mountains skiing, I'll be over at Cannon.
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by Talisman
I mostly ski on weekends, so I don't ski at Loon very often. Loon has great lifts, excellent highway access, a fun ski town near by, interesting terrain and good snow making. The crowd factor is way too high on weekends and Loon has one of the most dangerous trail intersections in the East at Grand Junction.

If I'm in that area of the White Mountains skiing, I'll be over at Cannon.
Head another half an hour west and you can be in wonderful Vermont

Its funny to me that loads of people will pile into a mountain like Loon but a great mountain right nearbye like Burke is empty.....
post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by Alfonse
Head another half an hour west and you can be in wonderful Vermont

Its funny to me that loads of people will pile into a mountain like Loon but a great mountain right nearbye like Burke is empty.....
I usually ski in Vermont as it is easier to get to for me and has better conditions, but I like to mix it up and ski NH, ME and PQ. VT has plenty of crowds at placeslik Mt Sneaux, Killington, Okemo, Stratton and at times Stowe.
post #9 of 27

Love Loon on Week Days

Great for Ferris Buellers Day off.

Would rather visit my Mother in Law on the weekend!
post #10 of 27
Too crowded and I don't love the lift layout.

Cannon is worth the extra drive.
post #11 of 27
loon does have some interesting terrain. but as others have pointed out, the crowds at loon are outrageous due to it's close proximaty to boston, easy highway access (both of which cannon also has) and cheap threedom pass (which cannon does not). theoretically, after swimming through lincoln and loon traffic and a crowded parking lot, loon is almost the exact same time for north bound drivers as cannon. real country club atmosphere. probably the ideal mid-week slopeside lodging spot in new hampshire if you are into that sort of thing. not worth the money even mid-week when places like burke and cannon are so close and so much cheaper and offer so much more terrain wise.

essentially, an interesting mountain but extremely overrated and crowded on weekends.
post #12 of 27
My family had a house at Loon for 25 years, and it was near and dear to me until my grandparents sold the house and I stopped skiing there. Although the mountain itself is good, with nice steeps like Upper Flume and Upper Walking Boss, the liftlines really ruined a good thing.
Also, the mountain ceased to be a family type of place after the management changed (we knew the old owners) as the new people chose Loon to cater to snowboarders and Waterville to cater to families. Going to the Bunyan room isn't much fun anymore, as everyone who my family has known there for ever is now gone.
As for the terrain, they have a huge amount of blue cruisers that are good for carving training. Rumrunner is an awesome high speed cruiser if you can find it open and unrutted (it's the race trail). As mentioned before, the North Peak has good steeps, as does the top of Angel Street, and Big Dipper is a fun expert trail, never the same thing twice.
All in all, I missed Loon until I went to Killington and Jay for the first time, then it wasn't so hard to let go.

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I have to say, "I will never go back to loon!" I will ski at Blue Hills, 300ft vertical, but not at loon. If you enjoy waiting in lift lines go to loon, if not go to Cannon or Waterville!
Trust me, as someone who races at Blue Hills 4 nights a week for the whole season, Loon is better. Lifts never break for 45 mins in 5 deg cold with you on them, or worse force you to hike. Jumping over bare spots in the course with fog that prevents you from seeing further than 5 feet ahead is fun too!!! MA skiing.....like no other.
post #13 of 27
Burke stinks. Too hard to get to. Old lifts. Retro trail layout. Don't go there. Loon is much better! The nice warm gondola offsets the crowd factor. Don't go to Burke. I-93 ends at Franconia Notch...why take your chances on a non-Interstate? Ski at Loon!
post #14 of 27
Cannon stinks too. Franconia Notch can be hazardous to drive through in the winter. You have to stand the whole time on the tram, and two of the other lifts are old and slow. Retro trail layout. Terrible grooming. Limited snowmaking. Don't go there. Loon is much better! The nice warm gondola offsets the crowd factor. Don't go to Cannon. I-93 ends at Lincoln...why take your chances on a non-Interstate? Ski at Loon!
post #15 of 27
pffffff warm gondolas are for lightweights. A nice cold lift ride is a test of character. The hsq at Wildcat, the summit qauad at cannon, spillway at sugarloaf. Put up the ole hood and cinch it up
post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by Birdman829
pffffff warm gondolas are for lightweights. A nice cold lift ride is a test of character. The hsq at Wildcat, the summit qauad at cannon, spillway at sugarloaf. Put up the ole hood and cinch it up
Chick's really dig frostbitten manly type skiers and boarders. Stuff like "So, how did you lose your nose?" is a great conversation starter when having a few at Woodstock Station or the Moat Mtn Brew Pub.
post #17 of 27
I like Loon, but I usually stay at the mountain and only ski mid-week once a year. If seeded bumps are your thing, Loon has some of the best I've ever skied. The midweek crowds are not bad and if you know the traffic patterns there, you can really get around pretty easily. Rule #1 is to avoid the gondola. I'll only ride that if I see there is no line, or first thing in the morning. A good approach I've found is to ride the 7 Brothers chair first thing and then head over to the cruisers off the Kanc quad. Once 10 AM rolls around make your way to North Peak (some folks suggest beelining to North Peak first thing in the AM which works too). Eat lunch early. The mountain clears out after 1:30. Be sure to ski Triple Trouble which is Loon's best run, IMHO. The Basin Double is a great lift, but usually only runs on weekends. The new North Peak quad is great for mid-week trips.
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by AlpineZone
I like Loon, but I usually stay at the mountain and only ski mid-week once a year. If seeded bumps are your thing, Loon has some of the best I've ever skied. The midweek crowds are not bad and if you know the traffic patterns there, you can really get around pretty easily. Rule #1 is to avoid the gondola. I'll only ride that if I see there is no line, or first thing in the morning. A good approach I've found is to ride the 7 Brothers chair first thing and then head over to the cruisers off the Kanc quad. Once 10 AM rolls around make your way to North Peak (some folks suggest beelining to North Peak first thing in the AM which works too). Eat lunch early. The mountain clears out after 1:30. Be sure to ski Triple Trouble which is Loon's best run, IMHO. The Basin Double is a great lift, but usually only runs on weekends. The new North Peak quad is great for mid-week trips.
I am a proponent of the 7 bros to North Peak strategy in the mornings, unless I get first gondola and want to race someone down Flying Fox to 7 bros (makes a great chinese downhill). Triple trouble is a good run, but it is almost never open. Big Dipper next to it is fun and somewhat narrow in parts. Also, while on the east basin chair, watch between lift towers 8 and 9 on your left and look for a rusted groomer in the woods, it's from a guy who tried to groom dipper before groomers could go that steep. He, needless to say, crashed. The groomer remains there in the woods. Cool stuff.
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by doublediamond223
I am a proponent of the 7 bros to North Peak strategy in the mornings, unless I get first gondola and want to race someone down Flying Fox to 7 bros (makes a great chinese downhill). Triple trouble is a good run, but it is almost never open. Big Dipper next to it is fun and somewhat narrow in parts. Also, while on the east basin chair, watch between lift towers 8 and 9 on your left and look for a rusted groomer in the woods, it's from a guy who tried to groom dipper before groomers could go that steep. He, needless to say, crashed. The groomer remains there in the woods. Cool stuff.
Indeed. Top to bottom on Speakeasy to the Kanc is also a great way to start the day if you happen to snag a gondola first thing. Triple Trouble has been open most of the times I've been to Loon. I usually go in late-February/early-March so my chances then are better. Great run:



Anyone notice how the chokepoint on Triple Trouble seemed much wider this season? I guess they must have cleared it a bit. Thanks for the insight on the old groomer. I'll keep an eye out for it next time I'm up there...
post #20 of 27
I like Loon a lot, but the crowds can be massive on weekends in peak season. I've found, though, that even when lift lines are long at Loon, the slopes themselves aren't too crowded. Waterville, on the other hand, seems to have shorter lift lines but much more crowded slopes.
post #21 of 27
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Burke stinks. Too hard to get to. Old lifts. Retro trail layout. Don't go there. Loon is much better! The nice warm gondola offsets the crowd factor. Don't go to Burke. I-93 ends at Franconia Notch...why take your chances on a non-Interstate? Ski at Loon!
not to confuse any one that didn't get the tongue in cheek post above (at least i believe it to be so!), burke is an awesome alternative to loon especially if you love high speed cruisers, excellent snow conditions, great groomers, bumps, and trees (well, that's pretty much everything huh?). with a new high speed quad, the self contained beginners area may become one of the best places to learn in all of new england. i93 goes straight into VT and merges with i91, burke is only ~14 minutes off the interstate and less than an hour further drive north than loon. longest wait for a chairlift i've ever experienced at burke is 2 minutes, usually ski on lifts. cheaper than loon too

sorry bjohansson, this is burke's year to be put on the map. most over looked ski area in new england, imo. burke is everything that loon is not, and vice versa.
post #22 of 27
Loon is awesome! No lift lines, ample parking and free beer at happy hour! Ixnay on the "drive a bit further north" crap!
post #23 of 27
Loon, is the only place where it is SO busy the ski patrol has whistles to keep skiers slow! At loon you average about 5000ft vertical during a day of skiing
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by Need BB
Loon, is the only place where it is SO busy the ski patrol has whistles to keep skiers slow! At loon you average about 5000ft vertical during a day of skiing
I've personally seen people whistled and given warning cards on their lift tickets at Stratton...

-Craig
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by Damato
Loon is awesome! No lift lines, ample parking and free beer at happy hour! Ixnay on the "drive a bit further north" crap!
On a monday, perhaps no lift lines but on a weekend, I do not think so. Loon is one of the most crowded north-eastern resorts on a weekend.

If you are not seeing lift lines on a weekend at Loon, you must be starting your happy hour a little too early.
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by AlpineZone
Indeed. Top to bottom on Speakeasy to the Kanc is also a great way to start the day if you happen to snag a gondola first thing. Triple Trouble has been open most of the times I've been to Loon. I usually go in late-February/early-March so my chances then are better. Great run:



Anyone notice how the chokepoint on Triple Trouble seemed much wider this season? I guess they must have cleared it a bit. Thanks for the insight on the old groomer. I'll keep an eye out for it next time I'm up there...
To each their own, but speakeasy is flat.

I have never been stopped by the ski patrol at Loon, but instructors have stopped me. They generally go away when I mention my excellent relationship with the ski school director of 25 yrs, but w/e. Also, the mountain is so crowded that they probably won't be able to catch you if you know the quickest ways around.

A funny story about Loon instructors is that a few years ago, I was standing on the side of Upper Picked Rock and some foolish instructor comes flying down and actually skis over my tips, even though I was standing still on the side of the trail. I got hit with his pole and fell backwards into the woods, down a sizeable slope due to snowpack. I missed hitting any trees, but I couldn't really get up. My buddy made sure I was ok, then roared off after the instructor, who didn't even stop after such a reckless move.

I could have had the guy fired, but I elected not to. I got a free private lesson out of the deal though .
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by kelly001
On a monday, perhaps no lift lines but on a weekend, I do not think so. Loon is one of the most crowded north-eastern resorts on a weekend.

If you are not seeing lift lines on a weekend at Loon, you must be starting your happy hour a little too early.

I was joking. I'd rather have my legs removed w/a rusty saw than ski Loon on a weekend. See you on the tram at Cannon, Kelly!
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