Situated on U.S. Forest Service land, Loon was long stymied in its expansion efforts by environmental concerns regarding land use and water withdrawals from the local river. The resort has been slowly reshaped over time, adding uphill capacity, glade skiing, improved snowmaking, and snowboarding areas. Its expansion has reduced some of the congestion of this popular area, but it's still somewhat crowded on busy winter weekends. Most of the trails cluster toward the bottom of the hill, and most are solid intermediate runs. Experts head for the north peak, with a challenging selection of advanced trails served by a triple chairlift; new in 2008 was the hill's first double-diamond run. The resort also added a snow-tubing park for kids (use the chairlift beside the Octagon Lodge), and the snow terrain parks for snowboarders include a few "secret" areas improvised by staff in random locations each winter -- they must be happened upon to be enjoyed. Strides are being made here.