Early-season snowmaking got a significant boost thanks to 50 new HKD KLIK semi-automated snowmaking hydrants on Upper Picked Rock and Lower Bear Claw, two key early-season snowmaking trails. By increasing the efficiency of the snowmaking process, these semi-automated hydrants have allowed Loon’s snowmaking team to take better advantage of the brief snowmaking windows typical of November and early December weather conditions.
Have a friend you’d like to introduce to skiing and riding? New this winter at Loon, guests who pre-book three Learn-to-Ski & Ride packages for $339 become members of the Ultra Learner's Club. At the conclusion of the third lesson, members receive a free pair of HEAD skis.
Even without pre-booking three lessons, Loon is offering several incentives to come back after your first lesson. Take an adult Learn-to-Ski or Snowboard package (includes a novice lift ticket, rental equipment and a lesson), and you'll receive a Learner's Passport. Bring your Passport back and complete a second Learn-To package, and you'll receive a free Learner's Club Card, entitling you to free rental equipment use at Loon for the rest of this season, plus lift ticket savings of $15/day on weekends and holidays, and $25/day midweek, non-holiday.
Little rippers will be excited to see the completion a two-phase expansion of the Burton Lil' Stash, Loon’s newest terrain park for kids. The expansion gives young riders a series of rollicking wooden berms that ride like a banked slalom in the woods.
“The Burton Lil’ Stash is a gladed park perfect for intermediate skiers and riders who’ve graduated from our Burton Riglet Park,” Loon’s Greg Kwasnik told SnoCountry.com. “The rollers and berms give a slalom feel, and the kids will love the new bear and rabbit carvings to go along with larger-than-life carvings of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.”
The Burton Riglet Park Experience (ages 3 to 6) is perfect for kids looking to kick-start their snowboarding careers. Using the Paul Bunyan-themed Riglet Park - featuring wood carvings of owls, bears and a replica steam train - prospective riders are immersed in a creative and playful environment to enhance their first on-snow experience. The Riglet Park Experience includes lift ticket, lesson, lunch, snacks, indoor-outdoor games and activities.
Photo: Loon's snowmakers are hard at work. (Loon Mountain)