Cannon Mountain: A Huffington Post Travel Ski Resort Guide
01/06/2012 12:32 pm ET
The Huffington Post
Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Cannon Mountain, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
Nestled in the White Mountain National Forest, Cannon Mountain is located in the Franconia Notch State Park of northern New Hampshire. Getting to the resort is easy since it's directly off of Interstate 93. The resort, one of the oldest in the country, is one hour from Concord, New Hampshire, 2 1/2 hours from Boston and slightly less than three hours from Montreal. The closest airport is Manchester-Boston Regional in Manchester, New Hampshire, about two hours away.
The summit elevation at 4,080 feet is the highest in New Hampshire, and the vertical drop of 2,180 feet is the longest in the state. Cannon Mountain's 72 trails encompass 23 miles, with the longest measuring 2.3 miles. Ski season lasts from late November through mid-April, with an average snowfall of 160 inches along with snowmaking and grooming capabilities. The resort includes an area for kids as well as the Tuckerbrook Family Area for those learning how to ski. This area sits apart from the main mountain and provides 13 trails.
Trails And Lifts
Cannon Mountain has 10 lifts, the most famous of which is its 70-passenger Aerial Tramway that brings skiers to the summit in fewer than 10 minutes. The resort also has three quad chairs, three triple chairs, one double chair, one handle tow and one Wonder Carpet. Runs are divided into 21 percent beginner, 47 percent intermediate and 32 percent expert. The lifts can transport 11,000 skiers every hour.
In The News
Olympic medalist and world skiing champion Bode Miller established the Turtle Ridge Foundation to support environmental issues and youth athletic programs all over the United States. Cannon Mountain Ski Area helps support this organization by hosting BodeFest, a fun racing event for children, adults and adaptive skiers. Bode Miller presides at the fest, and all registration fees go to the foundation. Cannon Mountain is also home to the Franconia Ski Club, a group of skiers whose mission is to "impart the joys of skiing" by giving instruction in skiing and racing. The club was formed in 1933.
An adult lift ticket costs $68 for a full day and $46 for a half day. Prices are discounted for teens, college students, military personnel, juniors and seniors. Seniors 65 and older ski free Monday through Friday, and children 5 and younger ski free every day. Multi-day pricing for two, three and four days is also available ranging from $85 for a two-day junior or senior pass to $233 for a four-day adult pass. An adult season pass costs $760, and there are several special deals. A group adult lesson costs $40, and private lessons cost $50 for an hour. A one-day rental of skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots costs $41 for adults and $30 for children.
Every Saturday means Family Fun Night at Cannon Mountain at the Peabody Base Area. The Huckerbrook Mini-Park is open under lights, and kid movies play at the Brookside Lodge. Adults can eat and have fun at the Cannonball Pub, which features a full menu. Parties and live entertainment are held there almost every weekend during the ski season. There is no lodging on-site, but guests can find places to stay in the nearby towns of Woodstock, Lincoln, Franconia, Whitefield, Sugar Hill, Littleton and Twin Mountain.
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