[R216R, Loon Mountain Resort] in Lincoln, N.H., spent $1.2 million over the summer to enhance its snowmaking operations with the addition of 428 Low-E HKD tower guns.

The project will increase overall snowmaking capacity by 150 percent, and make it possible to produce snow in marginal conditions that often prevail in early season.

"Loon will be able to open so much more terrain early in the season, and will be on the level of Sunday River in terms of the refresh capability," Stephen Kircher, president of Eastern Operations for Boyne Resorts, operating company of Loon, said.

"Snowmaking isn't always sexy, but the product is going to be noticeably better," he said.

The resort spent $1.8 million overall on improvements.

Loon also added a Prinoth Beast grooming machine, with 40 percent more grooming surface and pushing power than standard groomers. The Beast is the first machine of its size in New Hampshire, and one of two in New England.

Loon put more chairs on the North Peak Express Quad to increase uphill capacity by 42 percent.

A new loading carpet at the Seven Brothers Triple Chair will ease loading there.

The resort also installed a zip line across the Pemigewasset River this summer, and will continue to operate the zip line on peak weekends and holiday periods this winter. The zip line begins at Loon's Adventure Center, and carries riders across the river and back.

Loon intends to open for the season Nov. 20, the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

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