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 including appropriate and operational retention or braking devices.

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

Uphill Access

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


  • 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


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. You can expect the uphill route to take 60+ minutes to reach Loon or South Peak.

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.

Snowshoeing is allowed only on Loon Peak, via designated routes.

South Peak: Cruiser

Uphill Rules

  1. Only alpine touring skis, telemark skis, splitboards and snowshoes are allowed for uphill travel. Boot only uphill access is not permitted. Uphill travel equipment is required to have metal edges, a restraining device or brakes, and an industry-approved binding.
  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 pets are allowed on ski trails.
  8. At the end of each day, Ski Patrol conducts a closing sweep of each trail. Should you encounter Ski Patrol conducting their sweep, you must stop your ascent and follow their directions.
  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 603-745-2222 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.

Ticket + Season Pass

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

All guests purchasing an Uphill ticket must complete the waiver below prior to picking up their ticket.

Purchase tickets at Guest Services prior to ascending. Uphill tickets for that day will not be sold after 2:30pm. 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. 

Season Pass
  • A Loon season pass or New England Pass holder may use their pass for uphill access on any day that their pass is valid.
  • Ikon Pass holders must reserve their day in advance. Uphill access does qualify as a vist towards an Ikon Pass holder's alloted days at Loon.
Uphill Ticket 2020/21 Price
All Ages $30