I can't imagine a better New England day one in these Covid times. I'm so glad it worked out for you and your kids.Loon, NH on Thurs Dec. 24. Bought 1 day tickets for me and my two college age kids about 2 weeks before. The remainder of the holiday weekend and most of the next week was already sold out. Arrived 40 min before lifts opened to get our RIFD cards and my demo skis. Kids booted up in car. There were 1 or 2 people ahead at ticket window to pick up RIFD cards. Generally felt "uncrowded" for the time of year, but I'm guessing many "Pass" people reserved for the day and then didn't ski. Or rain forecast scared folks away. Short line at the gondola at opening at 9, but after that . . . no lines anywhere all day, at least not on the North or South Peak lifts which is mostly where we skied or on Gondola at lunchtime. Conditions were surprisingly good on the blue/blacks that we skied due to excellent snowmaking and grooming. There was some dense fog at the tippy top, but hey if there were no challenges then it wouldn't be interesting! The greens, green /blues were more crowded so we avoided them. EVERYONE was masked. You can only ride lifts with the people you came with/your bubble group. At one point, I absentmindedly pulled my mask below chin alone on Gondola to cool off just before door was closing and the lift guy walked over and politely reminded me that I must keep it up. They mean business which is fine w/me. I entered South Peak lodge once at 1130 or so to use the RR. It was clean, with a couple of other women coming and going, masked and respectful of space. Inside lodge a few tables occupied, a greeter apparently walks you to your table then you go up to fetch and pay for your food. Tables were spaced out. People were sitting at spaced outside tables for their lunch/waffles from the outside waffle hut which was the "lunch" choice of my kids. A surprisingly excellent day. The rain arrived later than forecast, but it certainly did arrive. So this is more about how the mountain is running during COVID than the ski conditions.