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Opening for Summer

Thursday, May 7, 2015

LINCOLN, NH (May 7, 2015) - With the historically cold and snowy winter of 2014-15 melting into memory, Loon Mountain Resort will open for summer adventures, including New Hampshire's longest scenic gondola skyride and Aerial Forest Adventure Park, on Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, May 23 to Monday, May 25). The resort will be open weekends through June 21, with daily operations beginning June 22.

Summer and Fall Adventures & Activities
This summer, Loon offers a full range of exciting activities for the whole family. For high-altitude adventure, guests can ride New Hampshire's longest scenic gondola to the summit of Loon Peak, where fun mountaintop activities await. Visitors to the summit can climb an observation tower to enjoy spectacular views of the White Mountains; have lunch at the Summit Café; take a self-guided nature walk, and explore an otherworldly landscape of summit glacial caves.

Loon also offers plenty of activities for adrenaline junkies. Adventurous visitors can zipline across the roaring Pemigewasset River, scale an outdoor climbing wall, or rent a mountain bike to explore area paths and trails. Young adventure-seekers will flip out over Loon's bungee trampolines, 30-foot-tall Spider Web, and Bunyan's Bouncin' Backyard, a kid-friendly setup featuring a bounce house and inflatable games. Families can also tackle the giant LogJam Maze, where they can work together to negotiate twists, turns, and dead ends as they race against the clock. After working up an appetite, guests can also grab lunch at the Whistlestop Café or cool off with an ice cream at the Adventure Center Snack Bar.

Aerial Forest Adventure Park
The Aerial Forest Adventure Park offers a truly unique challenge for adventure seekers. Located high in the alpine forest, the park consists of five ropes courses of varying levels of difficulty, perfect for families with kids ages seven and older. Participants are challenged to maneuver from platform to platform high up in the trees by crossing bridges, climbing ladders, zip lines, and other obstacles. The Aerial Forest Adventure Park is a great confidence-building activity for individuals, as well as a fun team-building exercise for families and groups.

One Pass for All-Day Adventure
Loon's Adventure Pass and Super Adventure Pass are great ways for families to save on an entire day of fun this summer. The Adventure Pass, at $43 for adults and $33 for juniors, allows unlimited access to the gondola skyride, climbing wall, and bungee trampoline - plus a two-hour bike rental, round-trip zipline, and entry into the LogJam Maze. The Junior package also includes use of the Spider Web and Bunyan's Bouncin' Backyard. The Super Adventure Pass - at $73 for adults and $63 for juniors - offers all of those activities, plus a two-hour session in the Aerial Forest Adventure Park.

SUMMER & FALL EVENTS
Loon Mountain will host a number of exciting events this summer and fall, including:

June 26-28   New England Brewfest - More than 100 craft beers from 30+ breweries will be on tap at this event, which is being held at Loon for the first time this summer. In what's shaping up to be the ultimate craft beer weekend, participants will enjoy brewery tours, educational seminars on craft brewing and tasting, and Saturday Night ON TAP, the biggest beer tasting event in the White Mountains.

July 5                      Loon Mountain Race - Named the "Most Competitive Hill Climb" by Runner's World Magazine, this tough course climbs more than 3,000 vertical feet in less than seven miles. The final mile of the race features a punishing climb up Upper Walking Boss, a black diamond ski slope with a 40 percent grade.

July 11                    5th Annual Monster Mud Run - Returning for its fifth year, this fiendishly filthy 5k challenges racers with dozens of mucky obstacles and some of the muddiest, most rugged terrain in the White Mountains. The event also features a fun Mini Monsters race for kids. More information and registration is available online at loonmtn.com.

Aug. 1                      Touch a Truck Day - Kids will love getting an up-close look at the trucks, grooming machines, and other pieces of heavy equipment that keep Loon running all year long.

Sept. 18-20          New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival - One of the largest and most-diverse Scottish festivals in the country, the New Hampshire Highland Games features everything from modern Scottish music to caber tossing and Highlander cuisine.

Oct. 3                      O2X Summit Challenge - Starting near the banks of the Pemigewasset River, runners will traverse old logging trails, climb steep glades, and bushwhack through stunning fall foliage as they make their way to the summit of Loon Peak.

Oct. 10-11 White Mountain Oktoberfest - Beer, brats, and peak fall foliage join forces for a festive weekend in the White Mountains. Highlights include an oompah band, stein-holding contest, and keg-toss - plus activities and contests for kids, too.

*Events and dates are subject to change.