What’s best about Loon is what’s most challenging too: Remarkably easy access means some pretty impressive crowds on weekends. Thankfully, Loon makes snowmaking and impeccable grooming a priority to keep conditions spiffy even on the busiest of days.
On mountain, intermediate groomers rule. You can find your bliss winding down Upper Walking Boss on North Peak (be ready to stop for an “aha” moment and selfie when you spot Mount Washington). Over at South Peak you’ll find thinner crowds, fast-moving lifts, and a nice variety of terrain. To experience Loon at its best, join the locals midweek when the trails are wide open and lines almost nonexistent.
Other than crowds, the most nagging critique of Loon is aimed at its base area, which, truth be told, could use some upgrades. Though Loon skiers are desperate for a new base lodge (or two), there are no plans for updates as of now. There are, however, some great food choices in those somewhat dated buildings—just try to beat the egg sandwich on the menu of the Governor Adams Lodge. - Moira McCarthy
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DINING Head to Flapjack’s Pancake House; the made-from-scratch pancakes are decadent, and a model train circles above, for added fun.
DOWN-DAY ACTIVITIES Take a guided summit snowshoe tour, go snow tubing, or—get this—zipline across the Pemigewasset River, even in the dead of winter.
ON-MOUNTAIN EATS 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.
APRÈS SPOT Stop by the Paul Bunyan Room, especially during football season and the annual ’80s party. It’s a hoot.
DON'T MISS 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.