“Providing lift access and more skiing and riding closer to downtown Lincoln is exciting and unique, especially in the East. Adding elevator service just a mile and a half off Interstate 93 in downtown Lincoln greatly enhances the customer experience and is something we have been focused on for many years.– Brian Norton, President and General Manager of Loon Mountain Resort
The South Peak expansion of Loon Mountain Resort opened during the 2007-08 season, allowing one of the East Coast’s most popular ski resorts to split its customers into a third base area. For years, expansion around the Escape Route trail has been rumored, as the trail leads to a large parking lot with no elevator service. YesterdayLoon Mountain has announced plans to expand the Mountains offering to South Peak, which will open in the 2023-24 season.
loon mountain will carve thirty acres of new beginner and intermediate terrain around the Cruiser and Escape Route trails at South Peak. The Escape Route car park will be served by a Doppelmayr Alpenstar fixed-grip quad chairlift with a loading mat and will travel five hundred vertical feet.
Some of the terrain pod features will include multiple ice floes and a fully automated snowmaking system. Ticketing and other general services will be available in the new base area of the Escape Route. More beginner lifts, as well as other facilities and services for beginners, are also planned for the coming years. The Undercut Glade will also undergo some clearance to allow for additional downhill capability.
In terms of beginner ski options, this expansion for Loon is pretty critical. Currently, Loon is limited to one beginner trail served by the Sarsaparilla Mat and two trails served by the Kissin’ Cousin double chairlift. While the Little Sister chairlift technically serves as a beginner’s run, this run is used as a terrain park and tubing area. The expansion will help increase Loon’s beginner terrain by 50% and make it easier for families to access the mountain from I-93.
You can read Loon Mountain’s official press release here.
Image/video credits: Loon Mountain Resort