Lincoln-Woodstock, N.H. -- Think copious snow, stashes of serious powder, great grooming. Now imagine cruising down perfect corduroy high above the Pemigewasset River. Or challenging yourself on a 2,146-foot top-to-bottom, full-vertical run overlooking New Hampshire's famous landmark, the Old Man in the Mountain. Two of New Hampshire's top ski areas–Loon and Cannon–offer some of the most varied skiing and riding in New England on groomed and natural terrain amid the stunning scenery of the White Mountain National Forest, at the doorstep of the Lincoln-Woodstock area.
Come up and spend time riding the new super half-pipe at Loon Mountain, or brave the Tramline, Cannon's new expert trail beneath its aerial tramway. A friendly, family atmosphere is the hallmark of both resorts, with activities that cater even to the non-skier in your group. Slide downhill on a snowtube, try a snow cycle (as easy as riding a bike), or enjoy a horseback ride through the winter woods.
The Lincoln-Woodstock area straddles Interstate 93, the main north-south thoroughfare of New Hampshire. Just inside the White Mountain National Forest, it is an easy reach from points south, offering visitors a winter sports getaway in some of the most spectacular scenery in the East. More than 50 lodging choices include dozens of Ski & Stay packages with accommodations that range from the convenience of a slopeside resort, to fully-equipped condominiums, classic country inns, and budget motels.
The nearby towns of Lincoln and Woodstock offer plenty of nightlife, from bands at Woodstock Station and Timbermill Pub, to night tubing at Loon Mountain. And the area has some surprising culinary offerings. You can find plenty of pizza to please the kids, or seek out the unusual such as Thai shrimp roll-ups, Jamaican jerked pork, or a take-home “growler” of the Woodstock Inn’s own micro-brew. Families heading to the slopes often choose upscale grab-and-go eateries such as KimberLee’s Deli or the White Mountain Bagel Company. When it’s time to come in from the outdoors for a warm dinner, Gordi’s Fish & Steak House and the Gypsy Café both serve inventive, impeccable dishes.
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Loon Mountain Resort
Loon Mountain in the town of Lincoln and renown for its family-oriented programs, has something for everyone: from black diamond glades and steeps for experts, to wide-open cruisers for the novice. New this year: an in-ground super halfpipe, featuring 10 new rail slides for thrill-seeking riders and skiers; and Loon's new take three beginner’s program that culminates in a free season's pass. The resort's base area, fronted by the Pemigewasset River, is crossed all day by a miniature steam-engine train that shuttles skiers between two base lodges, the Octagon and the Governor Adams. Novice skiers can ski confidently from the summit on Bear Claw, an easy descent; experts will head to the North Peak to access Flume or Upper Walking Boss. Tubing (day or night), ice skating, horseback riding, the area's best variety of snow toys, and an indoor climbing wall provide alternative ways to enjoy the winter!
As you head north on 93, climbing through Franconia Notch between the peaks of two mountain ranges. Cannon Mountain looms into view, with steeps that appear to drop straight down. But don't be scared by the trails you see from the road: This mountain offers terrain for everyone, from the aggressive young ripper to the family looking for a classic New England ski experience on the area's beginner slopes. And whether you're new to the sport or a seasoned pro, you'll love Cannon's jaw-dropping views. The mountain's more challenging trails are accessed by New Hampshire's only aerial tramway, which has just undergone a $1 million electrical upgrade. Right underneath it daring skiers will find the Tramline, Cannon's brand-new extreme trail that starts as a glade before opening up into a steep descent. Families can head to the Brookside Learning Center to sign up for a learn-to-ski program, or access the Brookside or Eagle Cliff Triples for beginner and intermediate groomers. And yes, Cannon has a terrain park– with all the requisite bumps, banks, jumps, and half-pipes–and even offers tubing.