LINCOLN, NH – November 15, 2012 Loon Mountain Resort, New England's most accessible mountain resort located in the heart of the White Mountains, opens for skiing and riding November 16, becoming one of the first ski areas in New Hampshire to open for the 2012-13 season.
Several nights of cold weather this week have allowed Loon to take full advantage of its revamped snowmaking system, the most powerful system in New Hampshire and one of the most powerful in New England.
This year, Loon adds another 42 low-energy, high-efficiency tower snow guns to its arsenal, bringing the total of new snow guns added over the past two years to 642 - more than doubling the resort's snow output. These upgrades have also greatly improved Loon’s ability to make snow during the shorter windows of cold weather that typically occur during early-season snowmaking, allowing the resort to offer more early-season terrain for skiers and snowboarders. Loon's snowmaking system covers 97% of total trail acreage.
“These new high-efficiency guns have totally changed the way we make snow and how quickly we’re able to open trails,” said Ralph Lewis, Loon’s vice president of mountain operations. “It’s just so much more efficient both in terms of energy consumption and speed to which we can get a trail open. There’s no comparison.”
Skiing and riding will be available Friday on four trails, including Exodus, Bear Claw, Grand Junction, and The Link, comprising one route from the gondola summit to mid mountain. The gondola and the East Basin chair will offer lift service from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with downloading on the gondola. Lift tickets for Friday's opening day will be just $29 for all ages. More terrain will be opening for the weekend and on Saturday, rates will be $39 for adults, $29 for teens and $19 for juniors and seniors.
Snowmaking will continue whenever temperatures permit to open top-to-bottom and expand open terrain for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend. For updates on trail openings and snow conditions, log on to loonmtn.com, like Loon on Facebook at facebook.com/loonmtn, or follow @loonmtn on Twitter.
Loon was named a top 10 resort in the East and the most accessible resort in the East in SKI Magazine's reader poll, the only New Hampshire Resort to land a spot on the coveted top 10 list this year.
With opening day coming up fast, now is the perfect time to purchase a New England Pass, available online at loonmtn.com. The Frequent Skier Card is also available online, and offers exceptional value all winter long. For just $99, the Frequent Skier Card gives skiers and riders one free lift ticket, plus savings of $25 on midweek lift tickets, and $15 on weekends and holidays. The New England Pass and Frequent Skier Card are valid at Loon, Sunday River, and Sugarloaf.