If Speakeasy trail at Loon seems to tip off the kind of trail it is, Speakeasy also is one of the best anywhere to strengthen your early intermediate skiing and test yourself with a long top-to-bottom run without stopping.
Perhaps the easiest thing about Loon, however, is getting there from the Boston area — just about two hours of highway driving (Route 93) to the town of Lincoln, just short of Franconia Notch.
Actually, that highway is in large measure why Loon exists in the first place, and is attributable to a onetime hiking enthusiast and President Eisenhower’s chief of staff, Sherman Adams. Adams, who was in the lumber business, had hiked all over New Hampshire’s outback lands, and when the state opened a 100-mile tract into central New Hampshire, Adams’ friend and Olympic skier, Sel Hannah, reported that the land could be made into a great ski area near Cannon Mountain and Mittersill.
It would be different from the rockhard challenge of a Cannon, Hannah reported, but rather a good family mountain. And now, half a century after those origins, Loon is indeed one of the most popular family mountains in New England, and for that reason, best skied during weekdays.