LINCOLN, NH – Loon Mountain Resort is pleased to announce $1.3 million in capital improvements that will nearly double the capacity of New Hampshire’s most powerful snowmaking system this summer. The resort will also expand the Burton Lil’ Stash, doubling the size of the popular children’s terrain park.
This summer, Loon will add two new snowmaking pumps that will increase the resort’s snowmaking capacity by more than 40 percent, allowing snowmakers to pump more water to more snowmaking guns at any given time to greatly increase snow production.
Snowmaking efficiency will also drastically increase thanks to the addition of 100 semi-automated snowmaking hydrants, reducing setup and shutdown time on some trails by 75 percent. Those new hydrants, plus the addition of 15 new high-efficiency, low-energy tower guns will make it easier to produce more snow during the shorter cold-temperature windows often seen during the early season.
These improvements are just the latest in a series of investments aimed at revolutionizing snowmaking at the resort. Since 2010, Loon has invested more than $3 million to more than double its snowmaking capacity, adding more than 650 highly efficient, low-energy tower snow guns to its system. Those new tower guns have allowed the resort to make more snow at marginal temperatures, improved snowmaking efficiency during short weather windows, and boosted the quality of snow throughout the season – all while using less electricity. For skiers and riders, these improvements have translated to more early-season terrain, better snow throughout the season, and more snow overall.
Terrain Park Upgrades
This summer will also see the completion of the first phase of a two-phase expansion of the Burton Lil’ Stash, Loon’s newest terrain park for kids. The Paul Bunyan-themed terrain park will double in size, with new berms, rollers, jumps, and fun animal carvings. The park, located in a glade to the east of the Little Sister chairlift, is a quiet place for kids to develop park and freeriding skills, and the mellow gladed terrain lets aerially-challenged parents have fun, too.
About Loon Mountain – Loon Mountain is New England’s most-accessible mountain resort destination, offering plenty of exciting year-round activities, including scenic gondola rides, summit glacial caves, Aerial Forest Adventure Park, Ziplines, Segway tours, rock wall climbing, and more. Located in New Hampshire’s White Mountains just two hours north of Boston and three miles from Exit 32 off Interstate 93, Loon was rated the most accessible mountain resort in the East by readers of SKI Magazine in October 2012, as well as a Top 10 Eastern resort.
Loon Mountain is operated by Boyne Resorts, the largest family-owned four-season resort company in North America, and is located in the White Mountain National Forest, operating in partnership with the USDA-Forest Service. For more information about Loon Mountain, visit loonmtn.com, like Loon on Facebook at facebook.com/loonmtn, or follow loonmtn on Twitter.