Loon Mountain 12-19-14

When a friend and I visited Loon Mountain, in Lincoln, N.H. yesterday, I pointed out that many of the trail names hark back to logging times.

Blue Ox is one of those, named for “Babe,” the immense bovine companion of Paul Bunyan, the legendary logger.

Greg Titherington points out the Blue Ox trail sign at Loon Mountain yesterday

Greg Titherington points out the Blue Ox trail sign at Loon Mountain yesterday

The Blue Ox trail connects the summit of the Kancamagus Quad to the Governor Adams base area.

Sign for Babe's Lounge in the Governor Adams base lodge

Sign for Babe’s Lounge in the Governor Adams base lodge

The name Babe itself is preserved as the moniker of the upstairs restaurant/lounge in the Governor Adams lodge.

Trail sign for the Bucksaw glade, located on Loon Mountain's North Peak area

Trail sign for the Bucksaw glade, located on Loon Mountain’s North Peak area

Bucksaw glade, located in between Flume and Walking Boss on Loon’s North Peak area, recycles another old logging term.

Fifty years ago, the slopes of Loon Mountain were densely forested. Transforming the mountain into New Hampshire’s busiest ski resort was the culmination of the long life of Sherman Adams, a native of northern New England who worked as a forester after graduating from Dartmouth College.

Among his many honors in life, Adams was governor of New Hampshire and chief of staff for President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

I’ve been skiing with my friend Greg Titherington for close to 20 years. This year he’s teaching skiing at King Pine, in Madison, N.H.