Resort Guide 2018: East #10
Smooth. It’s a word that may just define Loon Mountain Resort. The smooth ride from greater Boston (“Easy access off the highway,” say many readers). The smooth corduroy the resort’s grooming team lays out, winning them the No. 5 rank for Grooming and No. 8 for Snow.
And despite the common complaint of big crowds (“Gets stupid busy Friday to Sunday”), more and more readers are noticing that Loon management is working that out, with helpful, upbeat, available staff. “I don’t think there is anywhere else where the skiers, boarders, and staff are more cheerful or friendly than at Loon,” says one, and others agree. That’s by design. The resort has amped up its Resort Host program, with folks in place to schlep your gear or help you out in just about any way you need. Readers are begging for upgrades to the infrastructure (“The gondola’s out of date” and “It would be nice to see a modernized facelift”), but that’s not coming soon. Even at South Peak, where a temporary structure remains in place almost a decade later, the resort is not ready to build. They are ready, though, to keep reminding folks to head to South Peak, a resort highlight where the crowds thin and you can even resolve the common lament of needing a challenge. Ripsaw, the resort’s only double black, sits waiting for you and offers a view of town unmatched. A smooth drive there, smooth terrain and happy staff and clientele? Those upgrades are already in place.
Camp III at the base has a lumberjack feel and hearty fare to match it. Try the pulled pork sandwich (secret recipe) on the deck: The best sunny day spot on the mountain.
Stop by the Paul Bunyan Room, especially during football season and the annual ’80s party. It’s a hoot.
The oft-overlooked in winter J.E. Henry Railroad at the base. A classic steam-powered, wood-fired train that takes you between lodges. Kitchy, yes, but cool and fun for all ages.
“It’s not huge but it has everything you need.”