Trail Use & Uphill Access

The following summary of restrictions and recommendations for trail use and uphill access at Loon Mountain Resort is provided for your information and education; and in an effort to enhance the use of public lands by you and others. Other restrictions may exist at times. Thank you for your observance and cooperation.

The terrain at Loon Mountain is located partially on private land and partially on White Mountain National Forest/US Forest Service (USFS) land. Loon Mountain Recreation Corporation operates on USFS land under a Ski Area Special Use Permit issued by USDA Forest Service. While recreating on these private and public lands, you must follow Loon Mountain rules and USFS restrictions and recommendations, including those summarized below. Violation of these rules may result in suspension of lift privileges or prosecution for a criminal offense.

Winter Trail Access

Use of lifts, trails and terrain at Loon Mountain during the operating season is granted to skiers and snowboarders with a valid lift ticket, season pass or uphill access ticket and with approved equipment that has appropriate and operational retention or braking devices.

Skiing and snowboarding on closed trails, terrain or features is prohibited. Open/closed status is indicated on posted snow reports, snow report posted on loonmtn.com and on the lighted lift/trail signs located at the base of the Gondola, Kancamagus Express Quad and the Lincoln Express Quad during operational hours.

Uphill Access Ticket

Enjoy the mountain in a different direction. When traveling uphill please abide by the guidelines below.

All individuals traveling uphill must have a valid lift ticket or season pass.

2019/20  Price

Age Price
All Ages $25

Purchase tickets at the Information Desk located at the Gondola Barn or Pemigewasset Base Camp prior to ascending. If you plan to access the mountain prior to operating hours, purchase your Uphill Access Ticket between 3:00-4:00 p.m. on the day before your intended use.

Hours

Uphill travel is permitted two hours prior to operating hours, and during posted operating hours.  If you access Loon Mountain prior to operating hours, you do so at your own risk. Conditions may be variable due to weather, ungroomed surfaces and limited visibility. Uphill users are warned that snowmobiles, snowmaking,  grooming equipment, winch cables and other equipment may be encountered at any time and uphill travellers are responsible to stay clear of such equipment. Use extra caution and always remain aware of your surroundings.

Uphill Access Hours Starting at
Weekends & Holidays  6:00am
Weekdays 7:00am

Routes

If the designated uphill trails are closed,  uphill access is not permitted. When ascending, please stay to the side of the trail and always remain aware of your surroundings.  If you descend prior to operating hours, you must travel down along the same route you traveled up. 

Uphill travel is allowed only on the following routes:

Loon Peak:
From East Basin: Lower Picked Rock to Grand Junction to Upper Bear Claw to Exodus to Gondola summit 
From West Basin: Bottom of Rampasture to Lower Picked Rock to Grand Junction to Upper Bear Claw to Exodus to Gondola summit
South Peak: Cruiser
Snowshoeing: Allowed only on Loon Peak, via designated routes 

Uphill Guidelines

  1. Uphill travel equipment is required to have metal edges, a restraining device or brakes, and an industry-approved binding. Alpine touring skis, telemark skis, splitboards and snowshoes are the only types of equipment allowed.
  2. Snowshoeing is allowed only on Loon Peak via the designated uphill travel route. Snowshoers must travel to the Gondola summit and ride the Gondola down. Downhill snowshoeing is not permitted at any time.
  3. All trails and terrain parks are closed outside of operating hours, with the exception of the designated uphill routes two hours prior to opening. 
  4. You must be visible to all traffic at all times, and you should know and follow 'Your Responsibility Code' at all times.
  5. Overnight stays on the mountain are not permitted.
  6. Ski Patrol reserves the right to close the mountain at any time. If a trail is not scheduled to be open, it is inaccessible to uphill travel
  7. No dogs are allowed on the mountain, except service dogs, which must be leashed.
  8. The mountain is closed and cleared of all guests and staff at the end of each operating day.
  9. Sledding is not permitted on any part of Loon Mountain at any time.
  10. Children are not allowed in carriers while skiing or snowboarding or traveling uphill.

Rescue Response

In case of emergency, call 911 and know that response times could be extended. Be aware there are no Patrol services outside of operating hours, and ski area buildings are closed. Be aware that mobile phone service on the mountain may be unreliable.