LINCOLN, New Hampshire — Loon Mountain kicks off its 40th season this Friday, December 8 and hosts its annual holiday benefit fundraiser, Ring in the Winter, on Saturday and Sunday.
“Typical December weather finally arrived and provided perfect snowmaking temps during the past week. Our snowmaking crew has done a great job getting a solid base in place for opening day,” said Director of Mountain Operations Ralph Lewis.
The Resort is scheduled to open with upper-mountain skiing and riding on the intermediate terrain of Exodus, Upper Picked Rock, Grand Junction and Link, comprising one way down from the Gondola summit to the East Basin Double Chair. Opening day lift service will include up and downloading on the Gondola, plus the East Basin Double will transport skiers and riders back to the Summit.
More lifts and terrain are scheduled to open for Saturday, with the addition of the North Peak Quad providing access to Sunset and Bear Claw Extension, plus the Sarsaparilla learning area and handle tow, located near the Governor’s Lodge. Snowmaking operations will continue around the clock whenever conditions permit to open more terrain and lifts as soon as possible.
Early-season lift ticket rates are $50 for adults (19-64), $40 for teens (13-18) & $30 for youth (7-12) and seniors (65-79). Children under 6 and seniors 80+ always ski for free with a complimentary lift ticket.
Festive sounds of jingle bells will ring in the air at Loon this weekend as the resort celebrates its annual Ring in the Winter. By purchasing a jingle bell, guests will support the Angel Tree Project in Plymouth, N.H., which benefits kids who might go without a gift during the holiday season if not for donations by the local community.
The first Open Season Rail Jam of the season, the first in a series of three events for skiers and snowboarders 16 and younger, will take place Saturday, December 16. This series is designed to be an introduction to terrain park competition.
Loon will also host its annual Demo Day on Sunday, December 17 at the Governor’s Lodge. Skiers and riders can test equipment from companies such as Roxy, Vans, Atomic, Volkl, Marker, Dynastar, Salomon and many more, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Those wishing to participate can register from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., must be 18 years or older and have a valid driver’s license or credit card. Registration is $10 with a lift ticket or season pass.
For up-to-date snow conditions and information, please visit www.loonmtn.com or call 800-229-LOON (5666).