Here at Loon, the mountains are not only our playground; they are also our home.
Situated in the scenic White Mountain National Forest, we’re committed to being stewards of the surrounding environment and community. As a resort, we strive to implement sustainable practices to be better environmental advocates and protect what we love most.
We want to have an environmental influence as a resort, and to support our guests in their environmental efforts as well. Electric vehicle chargers can be found in the Children Center’s lot. This lot is also designated for carpools - a simple way to cut back on emissions when visiting Loon.
When purchasing online, our guests also have the option to donate to the White Mountain National Forest, a fund that will be used to better preserve the forest and maintain infrastructure.
Snowmaking | Maximize Every Minute
Since 2006, Loon has invested millions of dollars in snowmaking to better maximize our snowmaking system's capacity. This a key investment, as fall snowmaking windows have declined by 10 to 15 percent.
Loon has installed nearly 600 HKD Impulse tower guns, which deliver stellar snow quality and have cut air consumption by 60-70 percent. These energy-efficient snowguns have subsequently lowered by nearly 31 percent the required time to cover the same amount of terrain, allowing Loon to outpace regional effects of climate change.
As snowmaking continues to evolve toward full automation, Loon continues to install HKD KLIK hydrants. These state-of-the-art hydrants cut setup and shutdown times by nearly 80 percent - allowing Loon to make more snow, more quickly, especially during shorter weather windows.
KLIK hydrants also set the state for the future. These semi-automated hydrants are the steppingstones toward full snowmaking automation. Full automation will allow energy and water usage to be closely monitored, tracked and managed for the system to run as efficiently as possible.
As of January 2020, 73 percent of Loon's snowmaking equipment is considered low energy. When these snowguns operate, they perform at a 4:1 return, meaning 200 snowguns run with the same energy it took to run 50 guns in the early 2000s.
Grooming | Fleet Efficiency
Loon continues to grow its grooming fleet with the purchase of two additional PRINOTH BISON snowcats. These cats comply with" Stage IV/Tier 4 final" exhaust emission standards and don't compromise performance with low fuel consumption. By overhauling our fleet to modern machinery, our snow cats are 92 percent cleaner while covering 25 percent more terrain.
Effectively managing energy and efficiency is also a part of the grooming operation. Using cutting edge Leica GPS satellite technology, Loon can monitor and measure snowpack across the mountain to better guide grooming and snowmaking decisions. Loon also utilizes the SnowHow fleet management system to increase the overall efficiency and usage of all the snowcats in the fleet.
Food & Beverage | Minimize Waste
Single-stream recycling stations are in most dining areas and to reduce plastic waste, metal silverware is available for use.
Building Maintenance | Cut Consumption
To improve overall energy efficiency at base lodges, we installed modern boilers at the Octagon Lodge and Pemigewasset Base Camp, as well as a high-efficiency dishwasher at Governor Adams Lodge.
Between Governor Adams and Octagon lodges, 180 LED bulbs have been installed, another milestone in the transition to LED lighting across the resort. With improved and updated lighting as well as the installation of motion sensors and timers, energy consumption has been cut down dramatically.
These changes around Loon have helped to increase our guest experience and environmental contribution, while decreasing our footprint. As a member of the National Ski Area Association's Sustainable Slopes Environmental Charter, Loon has made a commitment to responsible stewardship and improving environmental performance through operations and management to allow enjoyment by future generations.