LINCOLN, New Hampshire — With school vacation just around the corner, Loon Mountain is an easy choice for families heading to the slopes. It starts with online vacation planning at loonmtn.com and a short 2-hour drive from downtown Boston. First-class kids programs, family-friendly private lessons, the Adventure Center, Tubing Park, great events, pristine snow conditions and numerous complimentary services are all reasons why families choose Loon as their vacation destination.
Vacationers can book their day or entire stay at Loon from the comfort and convenience of home. Guests save time and money by reserving lift tickets, rentals, kids programs, daycare and group lessons from Loon’s online store with a few simple clicks at https://store.loonmtn.com. Lodging information can also be found and reservations booked by visiting www.loonmtn.com.
At Loon’s Camp Wildwoods, parents have many options to keep kids engaged all day long with premiere kids’ programs such as the P.K. Boo Camp, Kinder Bear Camp, Discovery Camp and Daycare.
- The P.K. Boo Camp is available exclusively for 3-year-olds who want to learn to ski and includes lift access, up to 2-hours of lessons, lunch and snacks for $94/day.
- The Kinder Bear Camp is for 4, 5 & 6-year olds of all ability levels and the full-day camp includes lift access, full-day lessons, lunch, hot chocolate and snacks for $94/day.
- For kids age 7 ??вЂњ 12, the Discovery Camp ski and snowboard group lesson is available as 1, 2 or 3-day camps and includes a lift ticket, full-day of lessons, lunch and snacks and starts at $94/day.
- For children too young to get on the slopes, the Camp Wildwood’s Daycare center keeps kids busy with large play rooms that provide space for fun games and activities all day long for $65/day.
Loon also offers families the perfect bonding experience with three-hour private lessons, offered daily. Three-hour privates cost $175 for one to five people, which makes for an affordable option for families looking for a “private lesson” experience. This new, customized private lesson option allows participants to choose their lesson time, coach, terrain and technique focus, while enjoying special VIP perks like express lift line privileges. Lessons can be also be split to accommodate different ability levels and interests.
The Loon Mountain Adventure Center is the hub of alternate activities to skiing and riding. During February Vacation Week, the Adventure Center will be open daily until 9 p.m. and also offers equipment rentals and a full-service repair shop for skates and Nordic skis.
- Ice skating is located outside of the Adventure Center and is open daily until 9 p.m. The warming fireplace right next to the rink is the perfect viewing area for parents to watch their kids. Rental rates and rink fees are $15 for a full day or $10 for the afternoon.
- Nordic skiing is offered on 16 km of groomed trails around the base of the ski area that winds along the beautiful Pemigewasset River. Families can ski out along the trail network and bring a picnic to enjoy in the quiet wilderness. Full-day Nordic rental and trail fee is $25 for kids age 7-12 and $35 for adults; half-day fees are $18 for kids and $26 for adults.
- Guests can choose the self-guided snowshoe option and explore the Nordic system, or participate in a guided snowshoe tour that is offered daily during vacation weeks and features either stunning views from the summit or a trek on base-area trails. Guided tours range from $40-45 per person and include use of snowshoes. Full-day snowshoe rental and trail fees are $25 for kids under 12 and $30 for adults; half-day prices are $18 for kids or $23 for adults.
- Located inside the Adventure Center, a 25-foot climbing wall offers guests a fun indoor activity that is easy enough for beginners and challenging for experienced climbers as the wall offers many different angles, pitches and routes. Harnesses and ropes are provided and a knowledgeable staff is there to assist. Guests can climb three times for $12 per person.
- Snow tubing is an exhilarating option for winter enthusiasts young and old. Offered on the Little Sister Trail on the Octagon side of Loon Mountain, tubing is open from 9 a.m. ??вЂњ 10 p.m. during vacation weeks with lift-serviced tubing for those over 8 years old and walk-up tubing for younger kids. Tubing sessions are offered daily in one-hour blocks at a rate of $15/hr for lift serviced tubing and $9/hr for tot tubing. Guests can purchase tubing tickets at any snowsports desk or the Little Sister lift ticket window. Reservations for tubing can also be made by calling 800-229-LOON.
Adding to the excitement of being on vacation, Loon offers many electrifying events during the vacation weeks. Mo the Clown and his famous balloon creations will be in the Governors Lodge from 10 a.m. ??вЂњ 2 p.m. on February 18; Fluorescent Nights, open to skiers and riders of all ages, will light up the superpipe and bottom of the LMP February 22 ??вЂњ 24 ; Open Season ski and snowboard finals will happen under the lights on February 22; USASA superpipe and awards ceremony happens under the lights on February 24; Burton Demo Day will bring some of the industry’s best snowboard equipment to Loon for guests to try on February 25; and the Main Event Finals take over the LMP on February 25, with the winner receiving a wildcard spot to the U.S. Open of Snowboarding.
Loon provides many complimentary guest services such as free day and overnight ski checks at both base areas, free shuttle service to-and-from lodging properties in the Lincoln/Woodstock area, a free train ride back and forth from each base lodge and, after 2 p.m., guests can even pick up the next day’s rental equipment and lift tickets at Mountainside Rentals.
A vacation at Loon Mountain is not complete without a visitto the towns of Lincoln and Woodstock with over 30 restaurants and numerous shops and amenities. Lincoln features several small shopping areas and a variety of stores along Main Street, while North Woodstock is a great town for browsing shop windows and shopping. Antiques, arts, crafts, books, furnishings, clothing, ski, snowboard and XC ski equipment, and jewelry shops are just a few items guests will find. The local movie theater features four screens, and provides families with a great option once the sun goes down.
For more information, a list of events and up-to-date snow conditions, please visit www.loonmtn.com or call 1-800-229-LOON (5666).