From Boston (2 hours): I-93 north to Exit 32, then 2.5 miles east on Route 112 to the resort. From New York City/New Jersey (5 1/2 hours): I-95 north to New Haven, Conn.; then I-91 north to Hartford; then I-84 east to I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) east; then I-290 east; then I-495 north; then I-93 north to Exit 32, as above.
Summit elevation: 3,500 feet; vertical drop: 2,100 feet; skiable acres: 275; average annual snowfall: 121 inches. Lift Ticket: $54/$56 weekend/holiday respectively; $49 weekdays; 6-12, $36/$38, $32 midweek; seniors (70-plus) $15 on weekdays (normal adult rate on weekends/holidays).
An in-ground halfpipe will be open earlier and longer.
A GOOD DEAL
The Anytime Limited Pass, $299 until Columbus Day: good at Loon, Waterville and Cranmore for all but 10 high-volume days. (See threedompass.com for updates and last-minute deals.)
At the Woodstock Inn (603-745-3951): The Clement Room Grille serves a sumptuous breakfast and dinner entrees that include poultry, seafood, beef, pork, lamb and game; the Woodstock Station pub offers seafood, Mexican dishes, soups, salads, steaks, burgers, pasta and pizza; Woodstock Inn Brewery produces specialty brews and root beer to wash down pub grub. Elvio's Pizza (603-745-8817) serves excellent and inexpensive pizza and Italian food. For breakfast, try the Millway Café (603-745-6261) for fresh-baked breads and muffins or the all-you-can-eat buffet at Seasons on Loon at The Mountain Club (603-745-2244).
B&Bs: Red Sleigh (603-745-8517), Wilderness Inn (800-200-9453), Sunset Hill House (800-786-4455). Classic inns: Woodstock Inn (603-745-3951), Franconia Inn (800-473-5299). Slopeside: The Mountain Club on Loon (603-745-2244).
Loon-ies' bar of choice is The Paul Bunyan Room in the Octagon lodge, a favorite of patrollers. The bar at The Common Man lays out a spread of huge cheese wedges, crackers and horseradish dip that attracts lively crowds; families like the slopeside Adventure Center for bonfires, storytelling and activities.
Woodstock Station and the Timbermill Pub in the Millfront Marketplace both feature bands. Lincoln Cinema shows first-run movies on four screens.
Day and night tubing; nordic skiing on 35 km of trails groomed for traditional or skate-skiing; horseback riding through the woods along the Pemigewasset River; ice skating; snowshoeing;indoor and outdoor climbing walls.
Half- and full-day nursery/day care is available for kids ages 6 weeks to 8 years old. Loon offers a full range of children's ski and snowboarding instruction.
800-229-566 or loonmtn.com (for Loon properties); 603-745-6621 or lincolnwoodstock.com (Lincoln/Woodstock Chamber of Commerce); snow report: 603-745-8100.