Cannon Mountain

Cannon Mountain – A long drive with a little jive

End of the year, the season of fireplaces, warm beverages like hot chocolates, fondue, and fuzzy boots is here. Sales are at their peak this time of the year with Black Friday, Thanksgiving and Christmas lined up we have discounts everywhere. The perfect scenario for a warm reading by the fireplace, some fun out in the snow or to cozy up in the arms of loved ones. What better way to enjoy the holiday that one has been waiting all along the year than on the snow riding some snowboards and taking a walk around in woods with snowshoes.

Cannon Mountain located in White Mountains of New Hampshire within Franconia Notch State Park. It is the seventh largest in New England. The Resort homes the New England Ski Museum at the base of the aerial tramway and offers the longest drops in all of New Hampshire. There is a diverse range of trails for a person of all levels of skiing. The great hospitality, services, and amenities at the resort have earned it the number one spot skiing resort in New Hampshire by the Ski Magazine in the year 2013. Customer satisfaction is guaranteed with the reviews and the award achieved by the resort.

The Cannon Mountain boasts of a 4079 ft. summit with a base of 1900 ft. and a vertical drop of 2180 ft. The place has three terrain parks with a skiable terrain of over 282 acres with snowmaking covering 191 acres to ensure guests of their non-stop winter fun. The skiable terrain is divided into 95 trails serviced by 11 lifts in total. Opening from November this resort is open for about 120 days until mid-April and has had experience in entertaining customers for over 78 years. The resort attracts people with the passion for skiing thanks to the 2180 ft. deadly drop and an average annual snowfall of 160 inches.

Base Elevation: 1900 feet

Summit Elevation: 4080 feet

Vertical Drop: 2180 feet

14% – Beginner
53% – Intermediate
33% – Advanced
0% – Expert

Longest Run: 2.3 miles

Lifts: 11

1- Gondolas & Trams
1- High-speed Quads
2- Quad Chairs
1- Double Chair
3- Surface Lifts

Cannon Mountain

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing at Cannon Mountain has attracted guests for more than half a century. There is a total of 95 trails of which 15% are beginner trails, 52% are intermediate trails, and 33% are advanced trails. These trails lay on six different areas of the mountain namely the upper mountain area, Tucker brook family area, mid-mountain area, Front 5 area, Mittersill area and Mittersill glades. The longest run of the resort is approximately 2 miles long.

Trails

The beginner runs are serviced by the Tucker brook quad chair that are from upper mountains. The Lower Cannon, Parkway, Gremlin, and Turnpike are the trails suitable for beginner’s serviced by a triple chairlift.

The intermediate trails are for skiers who are not yet professionals but intent to improve their skiing. The trails run from the summit descending towards the forests. There is an easy Front five route called tram cutback to make return much easier.

The expert and advanced level runs are barely used as the amount of snowfall is not enough to cover the boulders on most occasions. The DJ’s Tramline is a narrow trail intended to descend through a series of bumps and cliffs. Avalanche is known to be the deepest slope of the Mountain. The other trails like Rocket and Gary’s have no bumps with lesser excitement.

Cannon Mountain Trail map

Hiking

The Franconia Notch State Park and the surrounding White Mountain National Forest provide a vast area to be explored through hiking. The miles long adventure begins by booking tickets on the aerial tramway which is one way for those who need to go either up or return down. Hiking is done on marked trails away from those of Ski or snowboarding to avoid clashes and for the safety of the hikers.

Skinning

Skinning is a sport in which you use the traction skin of your skiing equipment. These hills do not permit snowshoeing or hiking. Those involved in the practice of skinning are also known as skiers, and thus all the rules of skiing apply to this sport as well.

The sport needs a $9 ticket which is to be bought at the Notchview Lodge. The ticket shall be valid for only one full day of skinning fun and provides access to uphill access of that specified route and downhill access to any route. Season pass holders need not pay any extra amount for this sport.

Lift Tickets

The cannon mountain consists of 282 acres of skiable serviced by a total of 11 lifts of which 1 is a high-speed quad, two quad chairs, three triple chairs, one double chair and three surface lifts. The tickets are priced according to the age of the skier. An adult is aged from 18 to 64, junior aged from 6 to 12, teen aged from 13 to 17, and seniors are aged 65 and above. Tickets for children aged 5 and below are free.

For a full day an adult ticket costs $75, a ticket for a teen costs $62, Military personnel with valid ID proof cost $55, a ticket for a junior costs $53, a ticket for a senior costs $53 and a Tuckerbrook area the only ticket costs $43. For a half-day an adult ticket costs $50, a ticket for a teen costs $49, Military personnel with valid ID proof cost $44, a ticket for a junior costs $39, a  ticket for a senior costs $39 and a Tuckerbrook area the only ticket costs $30.

Multi-day lift tickets are charged depending on a number of days. A 2-day ticket for an adult costs $135, for a teen costs $90, for military cost $95, for a junior cost $91 and a senior ticket cost $91. You also save up to $15 on each of these tickets. A 3-day ticket for an adult costs $186, for a teen costs $150, for military cost $135, for a junior cost $129 and a senior ticket cost $129. A 4-day ticket for an adult costs $233, for a teen costs $189, for military cost $175, for a junior cost $159 and a senior ticket cost $159.

Cannon Mountain

Snow sports ski school

Located right next to the Peabody Base Lodge in the Brookside Learning Center. This school has been certified by Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA).  At the Cannon Mountain, they have over 100 experienced ski instructors and 20 snowboard instructors. There are group lessons, private lessons for both kids and adults which have to be booked before the corresponding sessions.  For ages 3 to 15 there is a Junior Development program which offers skill development for the kid’s right from scratch. There are also Men’s and Women’s clinics here at the resort.

Cannon Mountain is known for a fun family time and has fetched many great reviews over the years. It is one of the biggest and top skiing resorts with a huge vertical drop in New Hampshire. Ascending from the mountain peak with all the swift shakes and brakes is well worth it after you’ve lodged into the place. You feel a sense of gratitude while looking from the top of the mountain and view Canada as a whole. The trainers here at the ski school have honest replies and reviews to offer to improve our skills by hook and crook. The terrain is great for both advanced and intermediate skiers with more than 50% of the trails suiting their level.

The place a lot of fun activities for people from all age group – be it kids, adults or even older people. Also, the facilities on offer at the resort are truly amazing that make the stay at the resort fun and comfortable. With so much on offer, you cannot afford to miss out on visiting the Cannon Mountain. This winter, pack your bags and head out straight to the Cannon Mountain with family and friends and have fun enjoying the various winter sports on offer. You won’t regret it, we promise!