A few weeks ago, I attended a Ski/Snowboard trip to Loon Mountain with New England Action Sports. I had never been to Loon Mountain or on a trips with NEAS, so I was really looking forward to the trip in the few days leading up to it. Unfortunately, the weather leading up to the trip was not superb and overall we were faced with fairly icy conditions. Nevertheless, the trip was a blast, and I look forward to going on more New England Action Sports bus trips.
The Bus Ride
The trip began, obviously, with the bus ride. We met the bus at the New England Action Sports shop in Warwick, Rhode Island, loaded our equipment into the bottom of the bus, and boarded. After a short wait for all of the attendees to arrive, we were off. I went with three other people (two cousins, and one of their friends), and unfortunately we were not able to sit together. Thankfully, me and one of my cousins were able to grab a free pair of seats, so I was not totally alone. The bus ride was, overall relatively uneventful. Most people slept the majority of the ride, and overall the other attendees were pretty chill, and we didn’t feel uncomfortable even though it was our first time with NEAS.
I was pleasantly surprised with the overall bus experience. The bus was clean, the people nice, and the environment supportive. If you are at all worried about the other attendees to the NEAS trips, don’t be. I felt at home with the other skiers/boarders.
-Not me, obviously. Photo by Alex Kehr on Flickr.
As I said previously, the conditions leading up to the trip were not the best. This resulted in fairly icy conditions, and we were warned as we got off the bus that the mountain was abnormally icy. As my fellow boarders and skiers filed into the lodge, we were all a little worried that the conditions would be awful, and the trip in vain. Thankfully, we were wrong.
Yes, the mountain was quite icy, but the truth was that it was definitely skiable. It just required some creative lines down the trails, and daring to go where most others had not. We were able to find a number of good trails in which we were able to enjoy most of the mountain.
I am used to boarding a lot at Wachusetts, which is a great mountain, but is often very icy due to the large number of people. Comparatively, the conditions at Loon were not all that bad, and I do not feel that they degraded the experience of the trip.
Trail Difficulty Spread (Green/Blue/Black)
As a whole, Loon Mountain offers a very wide spread of trail difficulties. There are plenty of trails for any ability, and as long as you can handle blue and green trails at other mountains, you should be more than happy at Loon. I found their to be the most blue trails. If you are an expert skier/boarder, the mountain offers its share of Black trails, but their certainly aren’t a plethora. If you’re looking for a challenge, Loon probably is not the best choice, but if you are looking for a mountain with a wide spread of trails for a great day of family skiing, then look no further than Loon mountain as it offers something for almost anyone.
Returning to Warwick
After an awesome day of skiing/boarding, eating great lodge food (the Chili in a bread bowl is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G), and hanging out with friends, it was unfortunately time to return to New England Action Sports in Warwick. After a little bit of confusion as to where to board the bus (let’s just say I saved the day for about 50% of the people on the trip ), we were all back on board and departed the mountain for the long ride home. Everyone was obviously pretty tired, and once again most people slept and the mood was really chill. No one was rude or obnoxious, and I felt right at home as we all unwound after a great day at the mountain. The ride home was just as friendly as the ride there, and once again I did not feel like an outsider, even though it was my first trip with NEAS.
Going to Loon From the LWVR Cottage
So you’ve read my post about the great trails, great food, and great people at Loon mountain, and want to work it into your stay at the Lake Winnipesaukee Vacation Rental cottage? Have no fear! Thankfully, Loon is only about 46 miles (1 hour) from the house, so it is well within range of a day trip. It is the perfect distance away so you can get a little escape from the Moultonboro area, but still be well within a days drive.
If you’re looking for just one more activity to fit into your stay at the Lake Winnipesaukee Vacation Rental, then Loon Mountain may be just what you’re looking for. Great location, great mountain, and a great layout of trails, Loon Mountain is one of the best family get aways in New Hampshire.