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Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Destination Alton Bay Runway NH

Ice Flying Time

Emilie Phillips

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, […]

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Alton Bay Ice Runway

February 4, 2017
Emilie Phillips

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 […]

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Lunch at Alton Bay

February 1, 2015
Tyson Sawyer

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 […]

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Alton Bay

April 1, 2014
Emilie Phillips

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 […]

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Lunch at Alton Bay, NH

March 31, 2014

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

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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.

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