I flew up to Alton Bay last Sunday with four other Brookline pilots. The runway on Lake Winnipesaukee is the only official ice runway in the lower 48 states. I worried the ice would be too thin after the rain-thaw-refreeze cycles that week, or it would be half refrozen with slush between ice layers. Thankfully, […]
Destination Alton Bay Runway NH
The Alton Bay Ice Runway facebook page announced they were open, so every pilot group everywhere planned to fly up. The problem with every pilot group all at once deciding to go, is then I had to pick between groups. Tyson was off leading an AMC trip up Mt Washington. So it was just Isaac […]
Emilie went to Cardigan to teach backcountry skiing at the NH AMC Winter School, leaving Isaac and I as bachelors for the weekend. Our neighbor suggested flying up to Alton Bay (B18) for lunch. When Isaac and I walked down to the hangar, the winds were near calm. By the time we were airborne, the […]
There is a seaplane base at Alton Bay, one of the bays on lake Winnipesaukee. In the winter time it freezes over and they plow it as an ice runway. Normally it is only open for a few weeks. And with winter storms we have found it hard to get there. This winter I went […]
A group of friends flies from Brookline NH (NH16) to the ice runway at Alton Bay (B18) for lunch.Cast: j3adventuresTags: flying, lake, BearHawk, RV-4, airplane, ice, Alton Bay, cross-country flying and landing
In the winter time, the Alton Bay Seaplane base freezes over and is maintained as a public use ice runway. Some years it is open for only a few weeks, others for several months. For more information, see our Alton Bay page.