Downhill Biking, Four-Season Access, More Snowmaking At Loon
As an amazing winter at Loon is in full swing, the New Hampshire resort is already looking ahead to the coming months with plans to break ground on a network of lift-accessed downhill mountain biking trails. Starting April 1, four seasons of White Mountain adventure can be yours with the new Access Pass. And summertime work will also include significant snowmaking efficiency improvements.
This May, Loon will break ground on a multi-phase plan to construct a network of over 15 miles of downhill biking trails. Designed and built in conjunction with Highland Trails LLC, of the industry-leading Highland Mountain Bike Park, the new network of trails will complement Loon’s 10 existing miles of cross-country biking trails. Once all phases are complete, Loon will offer over 25 miles of downhill and cross-country biking trails – the largest combined network in the White Mountains.
Phase one will consist of five miles of trails, including a green-circle freeride trail, a green-circle technical trail, a blue-square freeride trail, and a blue-square technical trail. Lift service will be offered via Seven Brothers Triple chairlift.
“We’re starting with beginner and intermediate trails, but we will grow and offer more,” said Jay Scambio, president and general manager of Loon Mountain Resort. “We want to do this right and make Loon a major mountain biking destination for riders of all ages and abilities.”
Loon plans to open its first phase of trails to guests in the fall of 2019. In subsequent phases of construction, the resort will build freeride and technical trails for more advanced riders and add bike rentals and lessons, a bike shop, a learn-to-ride area and lift service via the Kancamagus Express Quad.
The resort will also introduce the new Access Pass, a four-season subscription pass that covers everything from skiing and riding in the winter to ziplining, scenic gondola rides, biking and disc golf in the spring, summer, and fall. The subscription-based pass goes for $99 a month for adults and year-round action can begin April 1.
Snowmaking efficiency will get a major upgrade for the 2019-20 season. Loon plans to install semi-automated snowmaking hydrants on several major trails, significantly adding to the semi-automated hydrants that have been installed over the last several years. The new hydrants will be placed on Flying Fox, Lower Picked Rock, and Lower Rampasture – all key early-season snowmaking trails. These easy-on, easy-off hydrants will improve Loon’s ability to maximize its snowmaking capacity and allow the resort to make more snow quicker on key trails - especially during the critical early-season period.