Photos: Gus Noffke

The best way to discover hidden gems in a mountain town is to explore it firsthand with locals who know it best. Welcome to Mountain Recon, our snowboard travel series that dives into resorts and highlights the best terrain, après spots, nightlife and beyond.

Nestled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, just a two-hour drive from Boston, is Loon Mountain.  Loon is not only known for its exceptional parks, but also their incredibly welcoming vibe, as well as a great local ski-town atmosphere in downtown Lincoln, NH, located mere minutes from the chairlift. In the fifth episode of Mountain Recon, Eddie Wall links up with locals Shane Nassar and Ian Hart to ride the mountain, stop by the Bunyan Room, grab some food in the nearby town of Lincoln, and get the inside scoop on what makes Loon so great.

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Loon Mtn Local's Guide

Locals’ Favorite Lifts:
The Gondola
North-Peak Express
Seven Brothers

Locals’ Favorite Terrain:
Flying Fox
Loon Mountain Park aka LMP
Bear Claw

Aprés Spots:
The Paul Bunyan Room
One Love Brewery
Woodstock Inn & Station

Mountain Stats:
Vertical rise: 2,100 feet
Top Elevation: 3,050 feet
Rideable Acres: 370
Number of Runs: 69
Number of Lifts: 11

See more episodes of Mountain Recon here.