August at Loon

As August draws to a close, we’ve decided to take a look back at the past month in photos. The last 31 days have been beautiful here at Loon Mountain, with plenty of warm, sunny days and cool nights. In just the last week, we’ve even seen some leaves start to change.

Without further ado, we give you Loon in August.

This picture was taken at dusk, just downstream from Loon’s bridge over the Pemigewasset River. The crescent moon shines over the river, which appears smooths thanks to the 30-second camera exposure. Nearby streetlights give the rocks their red glow.
Loon Mountain has been overrun by Monarch butterflies over the past few weeks. The butterflies pass through New England every year on their annual migration south to their winter nesting grounds in Mexico. This picture was taken at the summit, near the top of the gondola.
Not every ski resort has a railroad, but Loon does. Installed in the 1970s, the J.E. Henry Railroad transports thousands of skiers every winter from the Whistlestop Cafe to the Governor’s Lodge. This August, our mountain operations crew replaced the tracks, assuring a smooth ride this winter.
The end of August ushered in cooler temperatures to Loon. On August 29, a cold front swept through the area, bringing gusty winds and temps in the 60s and 70s. Those winds helped create these interesting lenticular clouds over Franconia Notch, as seen from the summit of Loon.
Hundreds of Harley riders from NH & VT descended on Loon this August for the annual Harley Owners Group rally. The riders were here for an entire weekend for their H.O.G. rally, and enjoyed fireworks, a bonfire, and a wine tasting.
Since Loon’s Aerial Forest Adventure Park opened in mid-July, more than 2,500 people have signed up to give it a try. The new park consists of ziplines, platforms and other elements suspended above the forest floor.
One of the streams that flows off Loon Mountain to feed the Pemigewasset River.
As the days have grown shorter, a few trees have started to show their fall colors. We’ll have more of those colors in the coming weeks. The fall foliage should peak just in time for Oktoberfest here at Loon!

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