Opening Friday, November 16!

Oh hello, snow. We’ve missed you, old friend.

After a long absence, Old Man Winter returned to Loon last night with snow guns cranking on eight trails! Runs that saw action last night: Exodus, Bear Claw Extension, Upper Flying Fox, Upper Picked Rock, Upper Bear Claw, Grand Junction, Link, and Seven Brothers.

Here’s a video of Ken Mack, our snowmaking manager, explaining the work involved in turning snow guns on and off, and generally managing Loon’s massive snowmaking system. Check it out.

Currently, our plan is to open for the season this Friday, November 16! For early-season updates, be sure to check back here throughout the week, visit loonmtn.com, check us out on Facebook, or follow @loonmtn Twitter for all the latest updates.

The forecast for Thursday and Friday look pretty good. A temperature inversion should set up (meaning colder temps at the base of the mountain) so we should be able to make lot of snow on the lower half of the mountain. We made a lot more snow on the upper half of the mountain last night, so the inversion should help us even things out.

Here are a few photos from Ken’s walk from the summit to the base of the East Basin Chair this morning. It was wet, and cold. Enjoy.

Sunrise at the summit of Loon Peak.

Being a snowmaker is tough work. You will get wet.

Snowmakers’ meeting!

Snow and freezing spray from the snow guns coats everything in sight.

Sunrise, looking toward Franconia Ridge
A good beginning to a long season.