As another weekend unfolds the White Mountains of New Hampshire, have experienced record snow fall and the record number of skiers have toppled the old ticket sales numbers. Over the Martin Luther King Jr. three day weekend Loon mountain had a Saturday sell out with ticket sales exceeding 8,200 (at $70/ticket that was very good day). What does this mean for the region and the future? Additional Terrain, trails and lifts are scheduled for the South mountain side of Loon in the coming year (designs for a new learning center were recently unveiled as well). While showing homes at South Peak resort, I noticed many skiers still haven't discovered the new peak on the south side (in it's 3rd season of operation). The Lift lines on South Peak remained minimal during this sell out period. The owners of these fine Adirondack style homes, have miles of their own private trail system and an owners lift to take families directly to one of Loon's high speed quad lifts and up on to the rest of the public slopes.
One of the homes listed for sale on South mountain...that you can ski home too, when you're ready to call it a day. #1 South Mountain Road, Lincoln New Hampshire.
I understand not every one can afford to buy a slope-side home, building site or condominium. Here is my Commute from 6 miles south of the resort...I get on Interstate 93 at exit 30 and off at exit 32 (the Loon exit).
I followed this Snowmobile trailer up the highway...having received 36 inches of snow in the last ten days means some great sledding. Note New Hampshire highway crew has it down to bare pavement even after getting 6 new inches less than a day ago. Bravo...to the NH highway Department (tourism is a big industry).
The Franconia Notch State park looms up ahead, the State owned ski area Cannon Mountain where our own Gold Medalist Bode Miller trained as a child is on the other side of the White mountain range. Cannon is a super place to ski, but as a state park there isn't any town, or accommodations...except at the Loon mt exit in Lincoln less than ten minutes drive from Cannon and Franconia Notch.
Here is my stop, off at the Lincoln NH...and the Kancamagus scenic highway exit. I make my home on the Pemigewasset river a stones throw from the Jack O'Lantern Golf Course (3 bd condos there from 170K). It's a nice commute to work everyday, I pass happy folks on their way to recreational destinations in the Great White Mountain National forest (800,000 acres of wilderness - 2 hours from Boston).
The Pemi river
If you don't ski or Snowmobile...try a snow shoe out in to the woods, the State and Federal Forest lands offer a ton of places to get off the pavement and listen to the sounds of winter.