Kancamagus – Loon Mountain, NH

Leaving the bottom terminal which has chair parking and a grip maintenance facility.
Towers 1-2.
Riding up the line.
View back down.
Doppelmayr Uni top station.
Another view of the top.
A tower near the summit.
Entering the top terminal.
Side view of a station.
Lower lift line from below.
Bottom station departure side.
Grip maintenance facility is on the right.

26 thoughts on “Kancamagus – Loon Mountain, NH

  1. Browns27 March 22, 2020 / 4:59 pm

    Does an 8 pack really need to go here? I skied this Loon a couple of times and it’s bad some days, but not a ton.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Calvin April 27, 2021 / 3:41 am

      It’s going to be an 8 pack with capacity less than the max a 6 pack can do — it’s marketing.


      • Tom White April 27, 2021 / 5:31 am

        Speaking of marketing, I remember chatting with a Ragged Mt. NH rep at the Boston Ski Show the year they were putting in their Six Pack. He said, it was “only $60k more than a HSQ”, the publicity is worth it. That was 2002, they still have the only HSS in NH.


      • Skiier April 27, 2021 / 10:00 am

        6 packs “can” do slightly more than this lift will, but doppelmayr recommends against it. The max you can really effectively do with a 6 is 3200 pph, any higher than that and the loading interval becomes too small. Often 6 packs which advertise 3600 an hour don’t run full speed meaning they don’t actually achieve design capacity.

        Just look at vail, they used to build 3600 an hour 6 packs but after several attempts to reconfigure the loading area to make it more effecient they gave up and the newest 6 pack was built with the max recommended capacity of 3200 pph.


  2. BeyondtheLodge March 29, 2021 / 7:01 am

    Last day of operation for this chair was yesterday, March 28, 2021


  3. iloveribletdoubles April 26, 2021 / 9:42 pm

    Was this lift scrapped?


    • skitheeast April 26, 2021 / 10:07 pm

      No. It is being refurbished to be reinstalled elsewhere in the Boyne network. The most likely reinstallation location is back at Loon to replace Seven Brothers in Summer 2022.


      • Liam Manchester April 29, 2021 / 8:46 am

        Loon just confirmed this!


        • Ryan April 30, 2021 / 12:10 am

          Damn shame. What a waste.

          Liked by 1 person

  4. ski man August 3, 2021 / 6:18 pm

    I know it is a waste but I think there going to make the eight pack ski lift longer than the old one


  5. owen November 21, 2021 / 5:45 pm

    where is this lift going?


    • Myles Svec November 21, 2021 / 5:48 pm

      Over to replace 7 brothers.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Jim Elder December 20, 2022 / 8:44 pm

    Another day, another lift evacuation on Loons 8 pack. Stops ALL THE TIME. Even when up and running, it NEVER loads 8 at a time. Loon is still in major denial about its Lift situation. Had they replaced the antique summer attraction ride called the gondola they would not be in the situation they’re in now. The original Kanc 4 was only stacking up lines because the gondola has such poor uphill capacity. I skiied there today and both the kanc 8 and the new refurbished, seven Brothers high-speed, quad were both broken and not running. If there were one good lift, where the gondola is, even a fixed grip triple, the bottleneck and traffic issues would be over. The new plan to build a a lift in lowest elevation, flattest terrain to date, does little to enhance the skiing experience at Loon, it merely mitigates some traffic snarl to an oversold, burgeoning little ski area. Boyne, step up and do the right thing at Loon or sell it to somebody than can please.


    • SCH December 31, 2022 / 5:34 pm

      7 Brothers was scheduled to be closed on 12/20 for Doppelmayr and Loon to finish some projects.


      • Jim Elder January 1, 2023 / 12:50 pm

        Good to know thank you. It had another shutdown on Tuesday that coincided with another Kanc 8 closing sending hoards of holiday skiers walking through the lot or taking the train only to see the gondola as the only option. Good line quickly swelled to the parking lot. They fixed both an hour later, but LOTS of issues still especially on Kanc 8. BTW, even when they monitor the Que, the MAX average of skiers they have been able to load on the Kanc 8 is 5 on a good day. It should be noted the staff have all been polite, apologetic, and empathetic.


  7. Bluebirdbluesky April 1, 2023 / 3:42 pm

    I remember when this quad replaced the old twin West Basin doubles. Changed the character of the whole resort and gave visitors an efficiently lappable pod that wasn’t wholly dependent on the gondola lines or old slow fixed grips.


    • wayneme April 2, 2023 / 10:43 am

      I remember that well. Felt like a whole new era for Loon. Certainly couldn’t have pictured that lift wouldn’t last long, relatively speaking, to get replaced by something even fancier!


  8. Tom White April 2, 2023 / 5:32 am

    I was at Loon once each of the last two years. I didn’t ride the Kanc 8. With the original detachable, I thought this makes the Gov. Adams lodge and that end of the parking lot more attractive. If there was direct access to the South Peak, this would be even more true. I still like the skiing at the original side of the resort. But I’m sure this spreads skiers and riders out.


    • Jim E April 2, 2023 / 7:43 am

      Gorgeous lift but not sure money was well spent. Stand outside in line on any busy Friday or Saturday and watch the number of empty seats coming out of the loading area. A six pack would have been challenging to cue, let alone 8. Believe it of not the re-purposed seven brothers quad over by the gondola is managed even more poorly than the eight pack. Because the lift pass control gate is so late in the loading process that Lift has approximately one in every four chairs, go up empty or with 1, 2 or three people on it even with lines, spilling well outside the maze. Boyne needs to learn how to manage the traffic on the lifts they have. Maybe Meagan and the pros up at the North Peak quad could come assist!


      • Bluebirdbluesky April 2, 2023 / 8:56 am

        I believe it. Those Axess gates seem to work about 97% of the time. At 2,400 pph that’s a lot to fails and delays – all while guests are trying to figure out how to queue.


    • wayneme April 2, 2023 / 10:47 am

      Unfortunately the whole West Basin terrain pod is just boring terrain. Just a half-dozen straight, groomed, intermediate cruisers all next to each other. Fine for all the families I’d imagine, just no variety and nothing that makes me want to ski it very often. More comfortable lodge on that side, though.


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