Loon Mountain Opens First Double Black Diamond Trail, Rip Saw

By AlpineZone News |
Jan 20 2009 - 10:46 AM

LINCOLN, New Hampshire — Loon Mountain’s newest South Peak trail, Rip Saw, opened on Saturday. Totaling ten acres and a mile in length, Rip Saw is Loon Mountain’s first-ever double black diamond trail.

Accessed from Boom Run, skiers and riders will experience spectacular views of Franconia Notch and the town of Lincoln as they approach the steeps of Rip Saw. The trail finishes with twists and turns before connecting with Cruiser.

“It’s been really exciting to see the plume from the snow guns covering Rip Saw each morning on my way to the mountain,” said General Manager Rick Kelley. “This new terrain expands Loon’s terrain variety even further and complements the trails we opened last season. Now we offer something for everyone on South Peak– from low intermediate to expert.”

Ski Patroller Richard Riley was one of the first to ski the trail this morning. He summed it up best by saying, “Rip Saw definitely has the feel of an old-time New England trail, but with an attitude.”

The second new trail on South Peak this season is Escape Route. This intermediate, blue-square trail accessed off Cruiser, also opened today.

Both Rip Saw and Escape Route are part of Loon Mountain’s multi-year expansion. In the past two years, Loon has invested over $16 million in trail and lift construction to open South Peak, as well as investing in the latest snowmaking and grooming technology.

Loon is wide open with prime midwinter conditions, thanks to a long stretch of perfect snowmaking weather and nearly seven feet of snow so far this season.