If you’ve only visited Loon during the winter months, you’re seriously missing out. With ziplines, scenic gondola rides, and tons of other fun activities, you should definitely come visit us out this summer. In that same spirit of discovery, here are five facts you might not know about summer at Loon:
- We have longest scenic gondola in New Hampshire
Stretching nearly 8,000 feet from the base lodge to the summit of Loon Peak, the “gondi” is the longest scenic gondola ride in the state of New Hampshire. The ride itself takes roughly 8 minutes and ascends more than 1,700 vertical feet to reach the cool alpine breezes at the summit. Once at the top, you can climb a scenic observation tower for better views, take a self-guided nature walk, or explore a bunch of really cool glacial caves. Hungry? Enjoy lunch – with an extra helping of epic mountain views – at the Summit Café.
2. Our glacial caves are super old
Did we mention we have glacial caves? More than 12,000 years ago, the massive Laurentide Ice Sheet covered Loon Mountain in more than a mile of ice. When that ice melted, it left behind a bunch of absolutely massive boulders just below the summit. Today, you can explore the small caverns and narrow passageways tucked into that boulder field, thanks to a convenient wooden walkway.
3. The Aerial Forest Adventure Park is NOT a zipline canopy tour
Zipline canopy tours are fun, but there’s only so much you can do when gravity’s calling all the shots. That’s why we built the Aerial Forest Adventure Park, a fully interactive challenge that allows you control your own adventure. Harness up and tackle a variety of ropes courses high in the alpine forest, where you’ll negotiate Himalayan bridges, trapezes, tightropes, and – yes – the occasional zipline. Since the courses are rated at varying levels of difficulty, you can challenge yourself as much (or as little) as you want.
4.You can zipline across a river. A river!
There’s nothing quite like the thrill of ziplining over the powerful Pemigewasset River. As you zoom from one side of the river to the other, the only things you’ll hear are the wind in your ears, the hum of the zipline overhead, and the roar of the water as it cascades far beneath your feet.
5. Families can play together
Family outings can sometimes feel like a scene from the 1983 classic National Lampoon’s Summer Vacation, which is why we’ve created activities that will keep the entire family happy and sane. At the Adventure Center, families can climb a rock wall together, bounce on the Euro bungee, and even go for a bike ride. Younger kids will really love Bunyan’s Bouncin’ Backyard, a mini park that includes a bounce house and slide, inflatable games, LogJam Maze, SpiderWeb, and more. Clark Griswold never had it so good.
6. There are a ton of awesome events happening at Loon this summer
Here at Loon, we do events on a big scale. Our schedule this summer is packed with ridiculously cool events like the Loon Mountain Race on July 6, the Monster Mud Run on July 12, The New Hampshire Highland Games Sept. 19-21, and Oktoberfest Oct. 11-12.
Want to learn more? Next week, we’ll tell you all about the coolest events happening at Loon between now and the beginning of ski season. Tune in.