Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln, New Hampshire is nearing the start of their ski season, as cold night temperatures and snow this week could get things started this weekend. What will await skiers this season is the stunning Kanc8 high-speed bubble lift. The final touches are being put on the exterior building that houses the base terminal, and will likely be finished within the next week. Some of the details revealed in the video include that a new outside plaza and heated patio will surround the station, how the chairs will be stored in the base station each night, and how the mountain biking experience will become quicker and easier thanks to Doppelmayrs clip system that will allow riders to load and unload their bikes.
How will this lift impact Loon Mountain? The intention is clearly to mitigate some of the immense weekend and holiday crowds faced over at the gondola. A concern that I have is whether this lift, along with the replacement of the Seven Brothers triple with the former Kanc Quad in the 2022-23 season, will put too many people on the trails. For a mountain with a vast amount of acreage(three hundred seventy acres), it actually has a relatively small trail count compared to the other behemoths in the East(sixty-one trails and eight tree skiing areas).To mitigate this, a North Peak trail expansion could be in the cards in the next five years, and a beginner area over at South Peak has been planned for a long time but has yet to be implemented(and isn’t in Loon’s Flight Path 2030 plan).
The latest construction update video from Loon that shows the construction crew putting on the finishing touches, and posts from the Kanc8 construction crew showing the lift in action, are below.