The Kancamagus Scenic Byway – affectionately known as “The Kanc” to those who love it – is one of the most beautiful roads in New England. After passing by Loon Mountain, the road winds its way up to 2,855-foot Kancamagus Pass before traversing some of the most scenic, wild areas of the White Mountains. During the peak of the fall foliage season, it’s one of the most beautiful drives on the planet.
Every spring, we here at Loon join forces with students from the local Lin-Wood Middle School for Kancamagus Cleanup Day. Over the course of an afternoon, Loon employees and students work together to clean up trash along the 12-mile stretch of road from Loon Mountain to Kancamagus Pass.
The annual cleanup effort is part of New Hampshire’s Sponsor-a-Highway program, in which more than 700 groups help maintain more than 1,500 miles of roadside across the state. Since the program started in 1994, 130,000 bags of trash have been filled and removed from roadsides throughout the Granite State.
Over the years, we’ve collected our fair share of beer cans, diapers, and other generally gross items from the roadside. It’s a good reminder of how important it is to keep New Hampshire clean – and the steps we’ve taken to do so. Whether it’s energy retrofits in our base lodges or the $3 million in snowmaking efficiency upgrades we’ve made since 2010, we’re doing what we can to minimize our environmental footprint.
And if those snowmaking efficiency upgrades help us make more snow in the winter, then so be it.