Saturday, November 8, 2008

Loon Mountain Recreation Area

Loon Mountain
Where the Big Dogs Play
By James Devine

Relatively speaking Loon Mountain is the “new kid on the block” but that new kid is way cool and you just know he’s into some rad stuff just  by the way he carries himself.

Borne of the dreams of Sherman Adams, former NH Governor and consumate outdoorsman and skier. On the day of Adams memorial service, after his death in 1986, a lone bagpipe player stood atop a massive boulder halfway up the side of Loon Mountain and played a version of Amazing Grace that echoed down the valley and sent chills up the spine of anyone there to pay tribute to this giant of a man.

Small wonder that Loon would not only become the regular venue for the annual Gathering of the Clans Highland Games in NH but in the winter one of NH’s most popular resorts.

Adams would be proud of the position Loon has attained since his time.

Skiers and riders can explore over 22 acres of glade runs, burn it up on the bumps or rip down the steeps. Boarder will attest to the fact that loon has some of the best Terrain parks in the east including a Superpipe and the Burton Progression Terrain Park. 

Loon hosts the finals for the northeast circuit of the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge on the last Saturday of March or first Saturday of April each ski season.

Like Waterville, which has the same corporate ownership, Loon is among the top mountains in annual 

capital expenditures to create value for skiers and boarders. During the past few years they have added a mid-mountain lodge, pumped up lift speed and overall per hour capacity and done trail work. The much-anticipated South Peak development will add even more great terrain and two high speed quad lifts to what is already one of the state’s premier mountains.


Don’t Miss these Great Places in the Loon Area

Alpine Adventures
Alpine Adventures Zipline Treetop Adventure. That’s right the Zipline adventure operates right through the winter. Imagine how cool it would be to zip down through the canopy right after a winter snowstorm. If gravity power isn’t your thing, Alpine Adventures rents snowmobiles as well and has an all terrain mountain tour.  Reservations are suggested:  For reservations contact Alpine AdventuresMain Street, Lincoln, NH • (888)745-1919 or visit  their website at:

The Woodstock Inn, Station and Brewery
Main Street, N. Woodstock
Wander in an try any one of their regionally renowned micro-brews or sit a spell and enjoy dinner in their Clement Room or the more casual Station. The Woodstock Inn is a great place to stay or dine.

Woodwards Resort  &  Open Hearth Steakhouse
Rte 3 Lincoln
Jeff Woodward presides over a business that has been in the family for more than 5 decades. With lngevity like that you know that service is their hallmark. (603) 745-8141 •

Fratello’s Restaurant
Great Italian and continental Cuisine in an awesome old converted mill building at the Millfront Marketplace.  
(603) 745-2022 •

Innisfree Bookstore
Innisfree is an independent bookstore that will give you hours of pleasure browsing, talking books and enjoying yourself. 

The Dreaming Pig - Antiques and other Items of Interest. A great little shop packed to the ceilings with antiques and other cool stuff! (603) 745-6900 •


A charming boutique located in the Millfront Marketplace. (603) 745-9029

The Inside Look
Decorating your home, second home or condo? The good folks at “The Inside Look” know their stuff! (603) 726-3278

Real Estate in the Loon Area: The Loon Mountain area is one of the hottest real estate markets in NH. Even when things are quiet elsewhere, they are popping in the Loon area.

Forest Ridge At Loon: If you’ve received one of those flyers from folks promoting lots on South Peak costing hundreds of thousands, step across the street and own your own luxury home or condominium for less than you’ll pay for the land over there. The friendly folks at Forest Ridge wouldn’t tell you this themselves, but it’s our job to steer you right. (603) 745-6237,

Loon Mountain Real Estate Company: Their name says it all, but Loon Mountain Real Estates doesn’t just offer great homes on the mountain. They service the entire region. For over 30 years Loon Mountain Real Estate has provided sellers and buyers  peace of mind with every real estate transaction.  These folks are passionate about real estate and we love passion! 603-745-8112 •

Inn Seasons Resorts: Timeshare gives you the opportunity to own a vacation property for only the time you’ll actually use it.  The folks at InnSeasons have been doing timeshare for a long time and longevity and credibility matters a lot in this business if you are thinking of timeshare. 800-571-5000 •

Loon Valley Real Estate: Loon Valley Real Estate owner Greg Nash has been in the business for more years than he cares to recount but for a buyer that means institutional memory that you can’t put a dollar figure on.  (603) 745-6900 •

Loon Reservation Service: (603) 745-5666 •

Nordic Inn Condominium Resort: (866) 734-2164 •

Discounted Condominium Rentals: At the Nordic Inn Resort 888-883-2305 •

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