Loon to Host Annual Oktoberfest Celebration October 7 & 8

By AlpineZone News |
Sep 20 2006 - 01:25 PM

LINCOLN, New Hampshire ??” Loon Mountain will host its annual Oktoberfest, October 7 and 8, to celebrate the arrival of fall and the traditions of the world-famous festival. The weekend will feature a live oompah band, traditional German fare and brew. With the beautiful surrounding landscape of Loon Mountain in foliage splendor, guests can also take a ride to the summit of Loon on New Hampshire’s longest gondola Skyride.

At Loon’s Oktoberfest, visitors will be able to enjoy the traditional oompah music of Alpiner OomPah Band, while savoring German food and hearty beer in the Octagon Base Lodge from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Additional activities available to guests include a climbing wall, mountain biking on 20 km of trails and the four-person Gondola Skyride. Guests who take the half-hour round trip ride to the peak of Loon Mountain enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the White Mountains and beyond. At the summit, visitors can explore glacial caves and nature trail, climb the four-story observation tower or even enjoy a delicious Jamaican-style lunch on the deck of the Summit Cafe. Gondola tickets are
$12 for adults and $7 for children and provide unlimited rides to the summit on the day of purchase.

The J.E. Henry Tuning Shop at Loon Mountain will also be open during the Oktoberfest weekend, so skiers and snowboarders can get their gear ready for the upcoming winter season. Equipment drop-off will be accepted Saturday and Sunday, and will be ready for pick-up by opening day, scheduled for November 22.

The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 in Munich, Germany, to celebrate the Wedding of Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese. The success of Oktoberfest has turned it into one of the biggest fairs that is celebrated annually in Munich and around the world. Oktoberfest traditionally allows six breweries to serve beer and features traditional fare like sausage, hendl, and sauerkraut.

For more information about this year’s Oktoberfest, please call Loon Mountain at 800-229-LOON (5666) or visit www.loonmtn.com.