Archive for November, 2008

Snow-making at Loon Mountain

November 19, 2008

It is that time of year again where we see Ski resorts beginning to make snow. Yesterday was the day for Loon. From the resort you can see the flurries. Check out the following from SkiNE.net. Watch the video of white gold being sprayed along the trails at Loon. November 22nd is the scheduled opening, just in time for a Thanksgiving on the trails or a quiet December weekend here in the town of Lincoln in the Loon Valley.

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Offseason is InnSeason

November 11, 2008

There is a surfeit of reasons as to why the Loon Valley of New Hampshire is a destination for travelers, national and international alike. Often times, it is a combination of the breathtaking scenery, friendly community, and fresh air. Coming to the Loon Valley, you are surrounded by gorgeous mountains, crystal clear lakes and rivers, and, if sought after, a tranquil silence unbeknownst to even the most worldly of travelers. Our resort, enticingly, is at the center of this peaceful destination.

During this time of year, the few weeks between peak fall foliage and snow white winters, guests of our resort spend much of their time visiting the marvels the White Mountains have to offer, including, but certainly not limited to: Sabbaday Falls, Artist’s Bluff, Georgiana Falls, Mount Washington, and the Lincoln Woods Trail. In addition, in about an hour drive (more or less) in any direction, the perfect day trip awaits you – a leisurely drive along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway; our own Village Shops or the Tilton or North Conway outlets; Littleton Main Street (home to Chutters – the world’s longest candy counter); Bath (where you can find the oldest general store in the country); and the many beautiful covered bridges in the area.

Coming to InnSeason Resorts South Mountain is like coming to your very own mountain home. Our welcoming lobby, hospitable staff, cozy library, and private rooms are perfect for a day, weekend, or week getaway, and we are the ideal place to return to after a day of exploring (visit the White Mountain Explorer page for more ideas)!

And for detailed hiking and exploring maps of our area, we recommend, Steve Smith, The Mountain Wanderer, right here in Lincoln. He offers an assortment of Wilderness and Recreational maps and books, including a collection of his own experiences in our mountains.

Looking forward to seeing you! Lisa, Front Desk Agent

Hiking Loon Mountain

November 11, 2008

I have lived in the Lincoln-Woodstock area my whole life, so it may come as a shock that I don’t ski and have never actually been to the top of Loon Mountain. The new ski trails on Loon’s South Mountain are plainly visible from the grounds of our resort, and after staring at them day after day I decided I’d like to hike up them and see what the view is like from up there. I know what you’re thinking, “Quite the White Mountain Explorer, he’s never even been to the top of Loon!” While this trip was a first for me, it surely won’t be the last.
I was surprised by how nice it was to hike on these trails, even the steep new double black diamond trail, Ripsaw, was pleasant walking. There were some interesting views along the way. The peaks of Moosilauke and the Kinsman Ridge start to appear over the town of Lincoln, and as you near the top Cannon Mountain comes into view. Much more spectacular than I imagined. Another pleasant surprise was the serene shores of Loon Pond. The view across the water to the North Peak was most certainly photo-worthy, and I was in awe of the backcountry feeling of this particular spot, despite it being one of the state’s largest tourist attractions. The heart of the Pemigewasset Wilderness and the sharp peaks of the Franconia Ridge, all lined up in a row, are displayed before you as you approach the North Peak Express Quad chairlift. It’s a wonder people can actually pull themselves away from these views to do any skiing while up here. The views on a crystal-clear winter day must be the stuff of legend. I’ll have to find out for myself sometime soon. Enjoy the pictures from this trip and see you on the next adventure!

Picture Descriptions;
A) Town of Lincoln from South Mountain ski trails

B) Loon Pond

C) The entire Franconia Ridge, seen from Loon’s North peak

Dogs and Birds and Fish, Oh My!!!

November 10, 2008

The very first Pet Parade to benefit the New Hampshire Humane Society followed the Red Brick Road through the Village Shops Saturday, November 1st.
We were very pleased with the turnout and the weather was favorable. Participants included a bulldog dressed like a pig, a young lady wearing a scarecrow costume with two cockatiels perched on her shoulders, there was a yellow Labrador retriever clad in a pink cowboy hat and matching kerchief, goldfish served as dinner for a cat and many more. The parade was led through the mall and out on to Main Street by Clifford the Big Red Dog. Prizes, donated by Believe in Books Literacy Foundation, Texas Toast Eatery/Pig’s Ear BBQ, The Warming Hut, Queen’s Hive, Village Shops, and Citizen’s Bank Lincoln were awarded to the best dressed pet, funniest costume, most original costume, most unusual pet on parade and the best dressed owner/pet combo. What fun! This is sure to be an annual event.

Pictures from the White Mountain Explorer

November 6, 2008

Here are four recent pictures for you to enjoy of our incredible area. All of these are possible within a 30 minute drive to a one days hike from our resort. Let me know what you think, or better, where you wish for me to hike, I’d be glad to add it to my schedule.
From the left we have the following:
1) The slopes of Loon Mt. to the left and the town of Lincoln to the right. As seen from Mt. Liberty.
2) Mt. Washington (furthest left) and the Northern Presidentials seen from Middle Carter.
3) The peaks of Mt. Osceola seen from the Kancamagus Highway. Picture taken 11/2/08.
4) The town of Lincoln as seen from First Ledge on Little Coolidge mountain.

White Mountain Explorer

November 3, 2008

Greetings! My name is Alex and I am a maintenance engineer here at InnSeason Resorts South Mountain. I grew up in this neck of the woods and have spent all of my life in these hills. Over time I’ve developed a love for hiking and exploring all over this region. I was recently asked if I would like to share my love of the White Mountains, both the places and the area’s rich history, with those who frequent our blog (as well as first-time visitors). Any opportunity to help educate someone about the area, or encourage them to get out and explore it for themselves, is a welcome one in my book, so I embrace the chance to do so with much enthusiasm, and plan on contributing an entry as often as I am able. For more, please see my pages.