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Nov 15, 2014 7:50 PM

Opening weekend at one of NH's largest ski resorts


LOON MOUNTAIN - LINCOLN, NH - Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes at Loon Mountain on Saturday as the resort officially kicked off their ski season.

With 9 trails open, covering over 40 acres with between 6 inches to a foot of snow, Loon representatives said it was a succesful first day.

"We have to have temperatures below freezing and low humidity - that allows us to make a lot snow. Usually 28 degrees, or lower, is ideal. And we've seen that over the last few days," said Loon Communications Manager Greg Kwasnik.

Guests said they always look forward to this day each year, too.

"We couldn't wait, the kids couldn't wait - everybody couldn't wait to get out on the slopes," said Kevin Murphy, who came up from Rhode Island.

Murphy said he enjoys the skiing in the Granite State so much, his family decided to get a seasonal rental for the 2014-2015 ski season.

The skiing industry brings in about $1 billion each year to the Granite State in both direct and secondary sales.

Loon says if forecasts are right, they expect to have even more trails open next weekend.


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