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Our History

1923-2019
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1923

Sherman Adams Moves to Lincoln

In 1923, Sherman Adams moves to Lincoln and begins work at the Parker-Young Company, where he serves as a Walking Boss. Walking Boss is a name for a logging supervisor or foreman, described as "the big man in the woods." He saw to it that teams were loaded and unloaded, loads were properly measured and recorded, and that the teamsters took care of the horses.

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1949

Governor of New Hampshire

Sherman Adams becomes Governor of New Hampshire, and serves two terms.

1953

Sherman Adams Becomes White House Chief of Staff

Sherman Adams is appointed Chief of Staff to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

1958

Sherman Adams Conceptualizes Loon

After returning to his hometown of Lincoln, Adams saw the need to diversify the area’s industry from logging to a balance of recreation, tourism and conservation.  

1959

The Kancamagus Highway Opens

The Kancamagus Highway opens, linking New Hampshire Route 16 in Conway with Interstate 93.

1966

Spring | Construction Begins

In April, trail construction begins.

Pictured: Sherman Adams (left) and Selden "Sel" Hannah (right) discussing trail construction

Opening Day

After 8 months of construction, Loon opens on December 27, 1966 with 12 trails, 2 lifts and a gondola. "Five hundred people showed up with their skis without being invited." –Governor Sherman Adams, founder

1968

East Basin Opens

With the addition of three new trails, the installation of a new double lift provides access to the summit. East Basin's Triple Trouble, Big Dipper, and Angel Street trails mark the start of Loon’s expansion into expert terrain.

1970

Snowmaking Installed

Loon's snowmaking operation begins on 23 acres. The next year, snowmaking expands to 40 acres.

Pictured: Sherman Adams standing on some of the first snowmaking pipes installed

1978

West Basin Opens

Loon opens the West Basin area with a new chairlift and intermediate terrain.

1981

Governor Adams Lodge Completed

Phases One and Two of the Governor Adams Lodge construction are fully completed.

1984

North Peak & Camp III Open

With the construction of a new triple chairlift, North Peak becomes the highest elevation at Loon, serving terrain like the storied pitches of Upper Walking Boss and Upper Flume.

1988

Original Gondola Replaced

Loon says goodbye to its iconic orange gondola, and replaces it with a new Doppelmayr gondola.

1995

Kancamagus Express Quad Opens

Loon installs the area's first high-speed detachable quad. This Doppelmayr lift was the most technologically advanced lift at the time.

2007

South Peak & Pemi Base Camp Open

The $10 million project opens with 3 new trails and 2 lifts, the Lincoln Express high-speed detachable quad, and the Tote Road fixed-grip quad, which connects the summit of South Peak to Loon Peak's Upper Bear Claw.

2010-12

600 Low-Energy Snowguns Installed

Loon invests in 600+ HKD aerial snowguns across the resort, increasing efficiency and snowmaking coverage.

2018

Loon Purchased by Boyne Resorts

Loon is purchased by Boyne Resorts, placing assets and operational control under one entity.

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2019

North America's First Dual-Frequency RFID Gate System Installed

Loon introduces North America’s first ever dual-frequency RFID gates at key base area lifts.

Phase I of Downhill Mountain Biking Completed

On September 7, Loon opens Phase I of downhill mountain biking, which includes three trails and three miles of terrain.  

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In Progress

2020
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2020

Kancamagus 8

North America fastest and the East’s first eight-place chairlift.

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Downhill Mountain Biking Phase 2

Construction on 21,000 feet of trail begins in spring 2020.

KLIK Hydrant Installation

Continuing to add semi-automated snowmaking technology on core trails.

Upcoming Projects

2021-2030
Past

2021-2025

Near-Term Projects 2021-2025

We are consistently listening to feedback and strive to improve our guest experience across the resort. As a result, we have prioritized the following innovations and upgrades throughout the resort:

  • A Reimagined West Basin
  • Mountain Biking Moves to the West Basin
  • Upgrade Seven Brothers Lift
  • Continued Installation of Semi-Automated KLIK Hydrants
  • Upgrade Lincoln Express
  • Summit Café Expansion
  • North Peak Trail Expansion
  • New Summer Attraction

2026-2030

Late-Stage Projects 2026-2030

These projects are in the works before 2030. These projects include:

  • Upgrade Gondola Lift
  • Reimagine Pemigewasset Base Camp
  • Upgrade North Peak Lift
  • Expand Camp III
  • Implement Fully Automated Snowmaking Technology