by Paul Maraschiello

I had never been to Loon and I didn't know what to expect. Friends had recommended that I check it out, so off to New Hampshire I went. I flew into Manchester from Washington, D.C. on Southwest airlines for only $66.00 and rented a car. I was at Loon in less than two hours. It was an easy drive up the interstate from Manchester to Loon.

Loon isn't a big mountain, but it is a really nice, family-oriented mountain. It was almost their last weekend of the season. Mother Nature was not being cooperative, it was drizzling out. I had excellent accommodations at the Mountain Club, New Hampshire's only slope-side hotel.

I skied all the trails at this lovely resort and had a great time. The slopes were uncrowded, all the people I met there were nice and I had a little time to talk to some season pass-holders who were former Killington people. They thought Loon was geared more to families than Killington. I have to agree. There were skiers and snowboarders having fun on the forgiving snow.

While I was there, I tested some Solomon "FAT BOY" skis. I was not impressed very much. The skies were fine in the heave spring snow BUT I had been skiing Volkl Snowrangers which out-performed the demo skis.

I skied the trails off the North Peak chair and Upper Walking Boss. Flume had some nice bumps. Big Dipper under the East Basin Double chair was also a lot of fun. Mostly, I was into cruising. I road the gondola to the summit and explored all the territory that lift accessed, which were mostly blue runs. The gondola is over a mile long and is one of the 8 lifts that service this mountain. There are 41 trails and the longest is Bear Claw. There are 250 acres of skiable terrain and I skied it all.

Even though it rained on and off all day long, I still had a good time. The rain never dampened my spirits.

After skiing, I went up to my room and relaxed. The room was really great. It was tastefully decorated and had a whorlpool tub in the bathroom. I got it running and found that you could turn the TV around and watch it from the tub. I was in the lap of luxury. The hot water jets were massaging my aching mussels AND I was able to watch some outstanding freestyle and extreme skiing right from the tub!

When I was refreshed, I went down to the bar for a little refreshment and dinner. There was a really fine gal behind the bar and we had a pleasant conversation. She recommended the roasted garlic for an appetizer and it was very good. I dined on the chicken and had a few drinks to wash down all the food.

I hit the slope early the next day. I again skied every trail and had a great time. There is nothing that is EXTREMELY challenging at Loon but there are lots of nice runs and a great many trails for beginner and intermediate skiers. They have cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, and night tubing.

I had a good time at Loon and I know you will too.