Work A Ski Season at Loon Mountain
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Loon Mountain Resort, New Hampshire, has 2,100 feet of vertical, 61 trails, 7 terrain parks, and the only Superpipe in New Hampshire. The resort is located two hours north of Boston and three miles off Interstate 93.
Loon Mountain is located right near the town of Lincoln which has a permanent population of around 1,600. It’s an especially good place to work if you love your terrain parks, with some of the best in the region.
The Terrain at Loon Mountain Resort
Located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest, Loon Mountain Resort has three peaks of terrain from gentle cruisers and black-diamond steeps. Loon has one of the most powerful snow-making systems in New England, and tend to offer decent snow conditions for longer than many neighboring resorts.
It was ranked as a Top 10 Eastern resort in 2012 by readers of SKI Magazine, as well as the most accessible resort in the East.
Loon is particularly good for snowboarders. The terrain parks are sweet, and attract a ton of really great riders from Plymouth State University.
The mountain has produced a ton of pro riders, and hosts big-name competitions like Last Call – one of the biggest snowboard competitions on the East Coast.
You can expect to meet a lot of people who have riding and parks an essential part of their lives and Loon is a good place to be if you’re a serious rider looking to improve your park skills.
- 61 trails
- Snow-making trail coverage – 99%
- Vertical drop – 2,100 ft
- Trail difficulty: 20% expert, 60% intermediate, 20% beginner
- Avg. snowfall: 160 inches
Loon Mountain is known for its array of terrain parks, which are consistently ranked among the best in the east by riders, as well as Transworld Snowboarding magazine. These include:
- Superpipe – the only one in New Hampshire, and it’s 18ft.
- The Top Secret Parks – Small and medium features
- Burton Riglet Park – Small features for beginners
- Burton Progression Park – Small jumps and jibs for learners
- Burton Lil Stash – Rails, rollers, logs at small and medium size
- Springboard Park – Jibs and jumps for intermediates and a place to practice advanced tricks
- Loon Mountain Park – Medium to large features where the advanced kids come to play. Over 50 jibs, a number of jump line options and an awesome wall ride
Loon usually opens mid-November and goes to mid-April.
Working at Loon Mountain Resort
Jobs are posted online on the Loon employment site in late summer and early fall, with hiring continuing through late fall. If possible, you should attend the Fall Job Fest at the mountain, usually held in later October. This is one of the best ways to get a job as you can present in person rather than relying on a written application. The interview process consists of a mix of in-person and phone interviews with departmental managers. Skype interviews can be arranged for long-distance applicants.
The town of Lincoln is home to many shops, restaurants, and resorts that may also look for seasonal employees. An extensive listing of businesses in the area can be found online at www.lincolnwoodstock.com
Loon Mountain Resort will only accept international applicants on a J-1 visa. Loon does not sponsor international applicants for an H2B visa. See Work a Snow Season in the USA for further information on visas for the US.
Loon partners with two J-1 visa job agencies through which it hires J-1 applicants. Inter-Exchange and the Council on International Education Exchange. People who have arranged their own J-1 visas could also contact the Loon HR department directly: [email protected].
See Work a Snow Season in the USA for further information on J-1 visa job agencies for the US.
Skype interviews can be arranged after making an application.
Where to Live for the Season / Getting Accommodation
Loon offers limited employee housing in the town of Lincoln, located a few minutes from the resort. However, most Loon employees use Craigslist to find area apartments, or search listings in the Plymouth Record Enterprise or Littleton Courier.
Many winter employees find seasonal rentals in Lincoln or neighboring North Woodstock. Since housing in the immediate area is limited, however, employees often commute from as far away as Plymouth, 30 minutes south of the resort, or Littleton, 30 minutes north.
- Free lift access for the season
- Free skiing and riding at other Boyne Resorts, including Sugarloaf and Sunday River in Maine
- 50% discount on ski and snowboard lessons
- Discounted ski and snowboard rentals
- 50% food discount at resort dining facilities
- Retail discounts
If you’re looking for some culture, Boston is only two hours away by car. It’s an easy day trip to visit world-class museums, attend concerts, or watch the Celtics, Bruins, and Patriots play.
The employment doesn’t end when the snow melts. Loon Mountain employs a scaled-down staff to operate its summer attractions, including the zipline, Aerial Forest Adventure Park, gondola, bike rentals, and more. The summer season runs from Memorial Day through Columbus Day.