80s Day: Loon Mountain throws the Best Après-Ski Party slope-side next to the Bunyan Room

Bitchin’ tunes, blinding neon ski outfits, and Bud Heavy, what could be better than 80s day at Loon Mountain?

80s outfits, 80s tunes, and 80s characters at an 80s ski lodge

Add to the (apres ski) party the best 80s cover band in New England, Fast Times Boston, toss in a few hundred pairs of Ray Ban Aviators (with Croakies, of course), and witness Hulkamania running wild, brother! and what you end up with is the purest White Mountain entertainment - not an 80s euphemism for illegal narcotics.

Noles, Pants, and Fizz performing No Sleep Till Brooklyn at the 2018 80s Day at Loon Mountain with Fast Times Boston
Noles, Pants, and Fizz rocking No Sleep Till Brooklyn with Fast Times Boston at the 2018 80s Day @ Loon Mountain, Lincoln, NH - photo credit to @KapitolPhoto / @CROAKIES

Our annual 80s day recaps

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015


80s Day highlights

No Sleep Till Brooklyn

80s Day band, Fast Times Boston invites Noles (Ad Rock), Pants (MCA), and Fizz (Mike D) to rock No Sleep Till Brooklyn with them. People then ask us if we are the real Beastie Boys.

Sad, considering MCA has passed away.

No Sleep Till Brooklyn @ 2018 80s Day 2018 video - it works

Hulk Hogan owned the 2015 80s Day

The Hulkster must have leg dropped at least a dozen ice cold cruisers (Bud Heavy), maybe two, after winning the 80s Day costume contest. Guy was a legend.

80s Day Loon - Hulk Hogan owning the day
Let this be a lesson to all the little Hulkamaniacs out there

What was Loon Mountain like in the 80s?

Loon was THE 80s ski lodge, THE 80s mountain of 80s mountains. If you lived in Boston and you were going skiing, you were going to Loon.

Not Sunday River. Not Killington. No, Loon mtn.  I was there, it was a bastion of multi-colored, sleeveless vests, crimped hair, and lawlessness.

Picture this: Weekend warriors bombing down I-93 in their IROC-Z, arguing their side of The Great Debate (Roth vs. Hagar).  Skin tight neon onesies worn over black spandex, the quintessential 80s attire.  Skiers, enjoying a cold Stroh’s at apres ski, talking about the new North Peak triple chairlift.

Everything was Yo Soy Fiesta in the 80s.

80s Day Loon, The Light in neon
"The Light!"

Loon Mtn is the White Mountains most accessible set of slopes, with Lincoln, NH being right off of I-93, and the mountain a few miles off of the exit.  Just a couple of hours from Boston, it is estimated that Loon serves the most skiers in the state.

Access to Loon was dependable in a way that other mountains just couldn’t offer.  Everyone and their brother has a story about breaking down on some windy 45 minute access road mid-blizzard (note: the blizzard of ‘78 was NOT in the 80s).

And unless you were Zack Morris, you didn’t have a cellphone to call for help. The predictability of getting to Loon in your Camaro was more of a sure thing.

When did Loon host their first 80s day?

A decade ago, as 2018 was the 10th Annual 80s Day at Loon Mountain.  Fast Times, has danced and rocked 8 of them.  From 80s trivia to aerobics, different events have played out over the weekend.

80s ski fashion: what you should (and shouldn’t) wear to 80s day

The number one thing to remember is that gaudy is good.  Think neon.  A fair share of neon.  Copious amounts of neon. All the neon!

So much so that it looks like a neon bomb went off in Manchester, NH and followed you up 93 North.

However, please note that Frank argues that neon was really early 90s fashion.

Nevertheless, the 80s were about excess, so flash your fluorescence in the Bunyan Room!

Super 80s-style high five at 80s Day Loon
Frank and J, FTW!

Other things to wear at 80s day

Turn your 80s day outfit up to 11 by costume-ing up!

Picking out an 80s costume is a tough endeavor.  I mean sure, you can be a faceless member of the Bud Light Concert tent, or, you can strap on some zebra print spandex and throw Diamond Dave jump kicks …

PANAMA!

Remember, the stage harness swing is totally rad but against Bud Light Concert tent rules.

Things not to wear at 80s day

As Droz said in PCU, What, you’re wearing the shirt of the band you’re going to see? Don’t be that guy.

Ever notice that Joe Elliot constantly disregards Droz’s instructions in Def Leppard videos? It isn’t even subtle - check out Pour Some Sugar On Me and Armageddon It.

Actually, does being in the band count?!

Think about that the next time you are asking yourself what to wear to a Def Leppard concert.

What to do for 80s hair?

Don’t waste your time with scrunchies and headbands … Go big hair or go home.

Ladies, if you want that Kim Cattrall 1980s look, you need to tease it, crimp it, and/or feather it.

Men, your 80s hairdo could be a mullet or a mohawk. Or, go all Flock of Seagulls.

Orrrrr, you could exude unrivaled majesty by rocking a Tom Selleck power ‘stache … your choice.

It should be everyone’s goal to stock up on excessive amounts of AquaNet hairspray and L.A. Looks gel.  While you’re at it, being a bottle blonde can’t urt - the more you look like Jon Bon Jovi (well, 80s JBJ) the better.

Check out his majestic feathered hair in the Livin’ On A Prayer video!

Again, remember that while the stage harness swing is totally rad, it is against Bud Light Concert tent policy. Same with sitting on shoulders.

So where is this bitchin’ apres ski party after all?

The Bud Light concert tent is located at the base of Seven Brothers, just outside of the Paul Bunyan Room (the best place to get a beer at Loon Mtn) at the address below.

Loon Mountain Ski Resort
60 Loon Mountain Road
Lincoln, NH 03251

About Fast Times Boston

They really are the complete 80s experience: big hair, keytars, neon outfits, shredding solos, and, they play your favorite 80s hits.  All of them.

Journey, Duran Duran, Whitesnake, Debbie Gibson … all of them.

They even feature Glen Plake on keytar!

Ok, that’s not exactly true.  But, the mohawk is totally bitchin’

What is the best (and safest) option for Lincoln / Woodstock, NH transportation?

The best way to get around Lincoln, NH on 80s Day is The Shuttle Connection.

For $5/person, they will take you to the mountain, Woodstock Station, and all of the other hot spots in between. However, on 80s day, you will want to call (603) 745-3140 early as they book up, sometimes an hour or more out.

If you are an Uber person, be warned, they are in quite limited supply.


2018 80s Day recap

The taproom taps at the Kettlehead Brewing Company in Tilton, NH
Stopped for a beer on our way up / Kettlehead Brewing Company in Tilton, NH

Notes from the weekend:

Friday

Saturday

Deep thought by Pants: Each Saturday morning of each epic year a spirited debate rages amongst us - to ski or not to ski? The debate is typically settled within seconds as PBR tall-boys enter our grips and a swift ‘piss off’ is bestowed upon the idea of a half ski day

Sunday

Highlights

Clutch move of the weekend:

Photos from 80s weekend 2018

Playing the Hair Nation Game on the way to 80s Weekend 2018
Heading up to 80s weekend, Pants, Fizz, and Noles stop in at Kettlehead Brewing in Tilton, NH
The taproom at Kettlehead Brewing Company, Tilton, NH
Fast Times Boston playing the 10th Annual 80s Day at Loon Mountain in the Bud Light Concert Tent
The Beastie Boys took over the Bud Light Concert Tent at Loon Mountain's 80s Day, performing No Sleep Till Brooklyn with Fast Times Boston
The end of another successful 80s Day at the ski lodge
Pants and Noles waiting to get on stage with Fast Times Boston
Grabbing a flight of beers at Kettlehead Brewing Company, just off exit 20 on Route 93 in Tilton, NH


2017 80s Day recap

Notes from the weekend:

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Highlights

Clutch move of the weekend:

Huff, Pants, and Fizz as Devo at 2017 80s Day Loon
Hey Kids, it's Devo!

Being Devo

Wearing bright yellow Dupont Tychem Coveralls really stood out.  Nailed it as Devo.  In fact, with the right mask/helmet, we could have doubled as Marty McFly (Darth Vader, from the planet Vulcan) in Back to the Future.  Another strong costume idea.

Photos from 80s Weekend 2017

2017 3rd Annual Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure screening
Pants, Fizz, and Huff make the Devo costumes in The Village at Loon Mountain
Devo jamming out waiting for The Shuttle Connection to arrive
Devo and Weird Al. Where is Thomas Dolby?!
Fast Times Boston jamming in the Bud Light Concert Tent outside of The Bunyan Room
Pants, Fizz, and Huff (Devo) takes The Shuttle Connection to Loon Mountain
Huff and Woody from the 2016 80s Day
Pants and Fizz meet Johnny Lawrence of the Cobra Kai dojo
2017 Hair Nation Game - Rocket Queen, it's for the band!


2016 80s Day recap

80s Day Loon - Rick Allen of Def Leppard
No one had a better costume than Huff as Rick Allen (Def Leppard drummer)

Deep thought by Pants: This year included one of the biggest changes in modern debauchery since the advent of a 2 story beer bong (pic below). Previous years included a packed house inside the Bunyan room with a beer-in-hand wait time of approx 9.3 minutes, which is nearly triple the allotted time for livers to keep up the pace of our 80’s booze-fueled predecessors. Luckily for us, they made the move to the Bud Light Concert Tent outside which allowed for an increase is elbow room, double-fistedness and less ball-sweat. Plus, there were increased site-lines to spandex clad royal babes … just don’t forget the aviators for decreased creepability.

Pants' two story beer bong "The Billy-bong"
"The Billy-bong"

Double deep thought by Fizz: I’m actually impressed that Maurice the Pants Man made a two story beer bong in college, he must have watched a ton of Home Improvement as a kid.

The real question is, did Sir Pants think of this plan whilst gassing down beers and checking out maidens with the other knights on the deck of the Deck House, or, was he inspired mid-aisle in the plumbing department in Home Depot or Lowes.

Like, hey, nice clear plastic tubing, I wonder if … BAM!

Squire, fetch me clamps and a funnel, we need to knockout a beer bong!

Notes from the weekend:

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Highlights

Clutch move of the weekend:

80s Day Loon, slopeside apres ski party next to Seven Brothers
Def Leppard's Rick Allen (Huff) crushing beers

Photos from 80s Weekend 2016

The Loon Ski Condo in Deer Park
2nd Annual Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure screening on 80s weekend
The band (Axl, Slash, Jem, Rick Allen) posing for The Shuttle Connection at Deer Park Resort
The band riding The Shuttle Connection from Woodstock, NH to Loon Mtn
Fantastic view of Western Lincoln, NH, slopeside at Loon Mountain
Slash
Fizzette (Jem) and Pants (Axl) with a backdrop of The Bunyan Room at the ski lodge
Fast Times Boston rocking the Bud Light Concert Tent next to Seven Brothers
Rick Allen of Def Leppard


2015 80s Day recap

Notes from the weekend:

Pants and Fizz shredding air guitars at the 2015 Loon Mtn 80s Day
We're WYLD STALLYNS!

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Highlights

Clutch move of the weekend:

Ted and Socrates at the history report
Socrates loves ... he loves Loon Mountain!

Photos from 80s Weekend 2015

Creating the Bill and Ted costumes for 80s Day 2015
2015 1st Annual Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure 80s Weekend screening
The Bunyan Room at 80s Day Loon 2015
Slopeside at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH
Fast Times Boston playing 80s songs in The Bunyan Room (2015)
Bill and Ted at the Slopeside retreat
Sweet 80s outfit, Bro!
Hulk Hogan owning The Bunyan Room
Pants in a Bill and Ted's style phone booth at the Woodstock Brewery
Frank and Niner looking sharp in fluorescent

Exactly what are the rules of The Hair Nation Game?

The Hair Nation game is based off of the SiriusXM station of the same name.  The goal is to guess the band of the song being played before your opponent.  It’s as simple as that.

Recently, we have found that the game has become consistently too even - so we have instituted advanced rules to create more drama and higher point swings.

Note: Satellite radio sure beats having your entire winamp playlist get hosed when you add a song

Playing the Hair Nation Game on the way to the 2018 Loon Mtn 80s Day
The screen is crucial to prevent cheating.

What you need to play (two things)

Opponents are optional, but the more the merrier.

Rules:

Basic: first to call out the band gets a point.  unlimited guesses.

Advanced: three guesses.  5 pts for correct on the first guess, 2 pts for second guess, 1 pt for third.

Variant(s): Point for song/album.

80s Day Bonus:  everyone owes you a Frosty Goggle @ Woodstock if Skid Row’s “I Remember You” comes on and you rip it in full falsetto.

Oh, and be warned, the DJ will sometimes ruin the game - so make sure you tweet out to the them to stop announcing the song/band.

let us know how your game is going by using the hashtag: #HairNationGame

Journal entry from I-93 on the way to 2015 80s Day:

Currently, we are in the throes of the Hair Nation game as Pants, Frank and I are bombing down I-93 en route to (O)G’s Slopeside Retreat. Pants jumped ahead to start with Ozzy/Lita and the Crue. After a few ties, I’ve put together a streak of David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, and Kiss that features me in the lead. Frank and Boozekarl amongst others have vied for the title but Pants has proven my greatest challenge yet.

Also, if Frank says he would have gotten a difficult one, it’s Jovi. Kid only knows Jovi.

Update: Pants just tied it with Kix! Most non-triumphant!


That wraps the recaps. Until next year …

Be Excellent To Each Other!

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