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Snow Bike & Snow Skate Policies

Updated: 11.13.2021

Snow Bike Use

Snow bikes are allowed on open terrain as long as they abide by the skier responsibility code. Snow bikes are allowed only on detachable chairlifts and surface lifts. They are not allowed on fixed-gripped chairs or the Gondola, except in the situations listed below.

While on the lift, the device must be secured to the chairlift itself, not the individual, and unsecured upon arrival at the unload. The passengers and equipment cannot exceed the capacity of the chair.

All  requirements below must be met at all times for a snow bike or similar device to be used.

Snow Bike Policy:

  • Equipment used will be designed for and fit for the intended purpose.
  • Attachments, pivots, connections must all be engineered solutions.
  • Chairlift restraint bar must be used when transporting snow bikes.
  • Rider must use a safety leash.
  • Snow bike must be able to securely stay on chair with no assistance from the rider.
  • Rider and snow bike must be able to go through lift lines without causing interruptions.
  • Snow bike must not be motorized for use with traditional ski/snowboard users.

Rider Responsibility:

  • Rider must glide on and off the lift.
  • Rider must adhere to the NSAA responsibility code as outlined below.

Area Limitations:

  • Load and Unload speeds should meet ANSI B77.1 standards for foot passengers when the rider is not wearing skis on their feet. Fixed-grip lifts will need to be slowed for loading and unloading snow bikes.
  • Loon Mountain limits access of all snow bikes to detachable lifts, excluding the White Mountain Express Gondola, and surface conveyors. The lifts that allow snow bikes are the Kancamagus 8, Lincoln Express Quad, North Peak Express Quad and Sarsaparilla Conveyor. SnoGo brand snow bikes as part of a Loon SnoGo lesson are allowed on Kissin’ Cousins Double in the presence of a Loon instructor.
  • Guests using snow bikes through New England Disabled Sports are permitted to ride Kissin’ Cousins Double lift with prior notification to and with confirmation from the Loon’s Lift Operations Manager, the V.P. of Operations, or the Manager on Duty (MOD).
  • Snow bikes or similar devices must have metal edges.
  • Only one rider is allowed per snow bike or similar device.

A violation of this policy will result in your snow bike riding privileges being revoked with no refund issued.

Ski Patrol reserves the right to stop the activity that they deem dangerous to the customer or other customers. You must always obey their directions.

Snow Skate Use

Snowskates are permitted on open terrain, and operators must abide by the Skier Responsibility Code. Snowskate operators are considered foot traffic; therefore, snowskates are allowed only on the Gondola or surface lifts. Snowskates and their operators must meet the following criteria:

  • Snowskates must have metal edges.
  • Snowskates must be attached to the operator at all times.
  • Snowskates must be brought inside the Gondola cabin and are not allowed to be loaded in the ski racks on the Gondola cabin exterior.
  • Operator must wear a leash at all times.
  • Snowskates may be restricted in certain areas and lifts for safety concerns at any time.

There may be exceptions to this policy at any time. All exceptions must be reviewed and permitted by Loon Mountain Vice President of Operations or the Manager On Duty.

NSAA Responsibility Code

  • Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Know the Code: It's Your Responsibility