We’ve got good news and not-so-great news. The good news is we’ll all be skiing and riding in about three months, give or take! The not-so-great news? Summer is more than halfway over.
But don’t worry. There’s still plenty of summer ahead of us, and plenty of ways to enjoy it here at Loon Mountain. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to wind down the warmer months in the mountains.
- Hang Out in the Aerial Forest Adventure Park
Harness up and explore our Aerial Forest Adventure Park, where you can push your limits on five ropes courses that range from easy green circles to challenging black diamonds. You’ll have two hours to test your balance and agility by working your way from platform to platform high in the forest, crossing bridges, climbing ladders, and zooming across ziplines. When you’re done, have lunch at the Whistlestop Cafe – or, if you’ve purchased a Super Adventure Pass – spend the day at the mountain. We’ve got ziplines, bike rentals, scenic gondola rides, and a whole bunch of other fun stuff to keep you busy all day long.
- Peep Some Foliage
If you only ride the Gondola during the winter, you’re definitely missing out. New Hampshire has some of the most brilliant fall foliage in the world, and we’re smack dab in the middle of it all. Ride the Gondi to the summit and gape at the vibrant patchwork of red, orange, and yellow foliage that stretches from Mount Moosilauke in the west to snow-covered Mount Washington in the east.
- Toss a Caber
Every September, the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival brings a little piece of the Scottish Highlands to the White Mountains. This three-day festival is a nonstop celebration of Scottish music, food, and culture – complete with bagpipes, sheep herding trials, Highland dancing competitions, and concerts by Scottish bands like Albannach and the Glengarry Boys. And then there’s the can’t-miss Highland Games themselves, where some of the world’s strongest men toss cabers, lift giant boulders, and do other manly stuff while wearing kilts. How can you say no to that?
PRO TIP: Save time and purchase your tickets online here.
- Raise a Stein at White Mountain Oktoberfest
If you have a soft spot in your heart for beer, lederhosen, and Oompah bands, then White Mountain Oktoberfest was made for you. This two-day celebration of German beer, food, and culture is timed to coincide perfectly with the fall foliage season, with an old-school Oompah band providing the soundtrack to a super fun day in the mountains. If you’re feeling ambitious, try your hand at the stein-hoisting competition and keg toss. And it’s not just for adults – kids can get in on the action with a root beer keg toss, relay races, and pumpkin painting.
- O2X Summit Challenge: Breathe Deep
If you’re looking to get those legs in shape for winter, look no further than the O2X Summit Challenge. This unconventional race isn’t your typical neighborhood turkey trot: runners ascend more than 2,000 feet to the summit of Loon Peak while climbing punishing grades and bushwhacking through impenetrable northern forest. You’ll be gasping for oxygen once you reach the summit, and the views at the finish line will still take your breath away. Better start training now.