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It's a 'Little Bumpy,' But Alton Bay's Ice Runway Opens for Winter

Sean Hurley
Coming in for a landing on Alton Bay's ice runway in 2018.

The only FAA-approved ice runway in the lower 48 states is open for business in a cove of New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee

Conditions at the Alton Bay Seaplane Base ice runway are described Tuesday as good, although "a little bumpy in spots."


[2018 Report: Landing on Ice - The Alton Bay Ice Runway is Open]

The runway is 100 feet wide, 2,730 feet long, and 50 feet wide.

The bay is a public-use seaplane base in the summer and a plowed ice runway in the winter. The ice runway attracts several hundred pilots during the winter season.


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