NH Ice Runway Opens For Winter, 'A Little Bumpy In Spots'

Credit: Alton Bay Seaplane Base and Ice Runway/Facebook

Credit: Alton Bay Seaplane Base and Ice Runway/Facebook

ALTON, N.H. (AP) - 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."

The runway is 100 feet wide (30.5 meters) 2,730 feet long (832 meters) and 50 feet wide (15.2 meters).

VIDEO: Watch as a Piper Saratoga, a general aviation aircraft, make a landing on the ice runway in Alton Bay, NH on Feb 2014

Source: YouTube

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.

WBZ NewsRadio spoke to Carol Niewola, Senior Aviation Planner with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation Bureau of Aeronautics. 

Listen to the full audio below.

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WBZ NewsRadio's Mike Epstein (@MichaelWBZ) reports

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