Don’t underestimate the impact that Loon Mountain’s recently announced South Peak expansion will have on the New Hampshire resort.
Under the scope of some other ski area developments throughout New England, Loon’s 30-acre expansion might not seem like much. There will be some new beginner terrain along with a new quad chairlift. But that “small portal,” as Loon vice president of marketing Kevin Bell described it, dramatically will help improve the mountain’s accessibility.
“When you look at expansion, it’s modest,” Bell said. “But it’s going to have a major impact on the experience for the guests. And for the town.”
That’s because the new Doppelmayr Alpenstar 4-CLF chairlift with loading conveyor is a game-changer. The lift, scheduled to open in time for the 2023-24 skiing and riding season, will be installed at the bottom of the current Escape Route trail. Guests will be transported up 500 vertical feet to access Cruiser and other terrain via the Lincoln Express Quad. It also will make Loon, already one of the most accessible resorts in the Northeast, even more so. The new lift will be located only 1 1/2 miles from Exit 32 off Route 93. As it stands now, the entrance to Loon is located three miles from the exit.