Cannon Mountain

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Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Comfort Inn and Suites 



 This 82 room hotel offices complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and has an indoor pool and hot tub.


Extra person charges may apply 


$109 and up 


Beacon Resort



Convenient location offering 72 rooms and cabins with an indoor heated pool, game room and restaurant. 



 Extra person charges may apply 



$109 and up



Franconia Notch Vacations



Offering 2 to 6 bedroom fully equipped vacation properties. 



Extra person charges may apply 


$250 and up 












Cannonball Pub 


Franconia Seafood & Dairy Bar located at 209 Main St, Franconia, NH 03580; (603) 823-5507


Wendell's Deli located at 297 Main Street, Franconia, NH; (603) 823-5141

  • Additional dining options available in Franconia, New Hampshire.


  • New Mittersill Double Lift projected to open early January 2011
  • Continued base area improvements at Peabody and Notchview
  • New $250K PRINOTH 2010 BISON grooming cat to enhance their fleet's horsepower 


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Cannon Mountain

Cannon Mountain opened in 1938, with the first aerial tramway in North America. The present tram was constructed in 1982. Home of the New England Ski Museum, Cannon offers classic New England skiing at its best, with a wide range of trails to suit all abilities. Because the area is owned and operated by the state of New Hampshire, development is minimal and lift tickets reasonably priced.

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Lifts-Total number of lifts10
Lifts-Total lift capacity11,000/hr.
Trails-4-Expert only32%
Trails-5-Terrain park2
Trails-6-Half pipe
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run2.3 miles
General-Base elevation1900'
General-Vertical drop2180'
General-OwnerState of New Hampshire
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds264 acres
General-Snow making coverage168 acres
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC


Pros: terrain, view, vertical, Mittersill!

Cons: grooming, ice, wind

Cannon is top shelf for real skiers in NH.  The only place in NH I prefer is Wildcat, and not by much. The weather in crawford notch is definitely tougher than Waterville or Loon, but the terrain is also better and the views off Middle Cannon trail are superb. I also think the grooming is not as good as other places, but if you are a good skier that's not a problem. You can also get in a little 'backcountry' over at Mittersill, but I do not recommend this unless you are an EXCELLENT skier, as there is no help if anything happens to you, and you have to know where you're going.


Pros: the tram, uncrowded, vertical, not cluttered with condos

Cons: nightlife

Cannon has the reputation of being cold, windy and icy. What Northeast mountain isn't. I have more days under my at Cannon than anywhere else. I have even stayed at condos in Waterville and driven up to Cannon for the terrain and lack of crowd. On a powder day Cannon can compete with any ski resort in the east and just wait until the Mittersill section is lift accessed. I can't really rate the terrain park as I tend to stay away from them except for maybe one or two launches a day. Anyway as a person who has skied almost every major ski area in New England I am glad that Cannon gets overlooked. More runs and less waiting for me. I don't care about nightlife as I am fine just kicking at my accommodations and throwing back a few there. If your goal is to ski you should have the clothing to protect yourself but if you are still scared of Cannon you are missing out.


Pros: Long trails

Cons: Wind and Ice in spring

I worked one season at Cannon on the Ski Patrol, I've seen marvelous skiing and rock slalom in spring.  The Mountain is divers enough for the very best skier to find a challange and the beginner to find enjoyment.


Pros: Great terrain

Cons: Unpredictable weather

Skied Cannon Friday 3/13/15 for the first time in a number of years. Cannon can really suck in that it's often cold, windy, and icy with poor visibility. But not yesterday! Temps in the 20's, little wind, and not a cloud in the sky! Surface was a bit scratchy in spots as it had melted on Wednesday and refrozen on Thursday, but overall snow surface was pretty good. Taft Slalom, Middle Cannon and Gremlin, Vista Way, and especially the 'front five' - Avalanche, Zoomer, Paulie's Folly, and Rocket (didn't do Gary's) were great! And the views were spectacular!


Edit: Forgot to mention - we ate lunch at the top of the tram: Nice room, excellent Reuben sandwich, and you could see Northern Vermont and even Canada (I think) from the deck. Highly recommended!


And a couple of pics ...


Me at the top of Paulie's Folly with Mt. Lafeyette as a backdrop:



The view from the summit deck:


Pros: Good vertical, Accesibility, Variety

Cons: Few lifts, limited apres

Cannon is a typical east coast mountain. Nice views, good enough vertical, good variety but can suffer from wind and cold, hence ice. First, it has great accessibility, right off I93 highway (literally). You won't drive on some country road to access this mountain. Loon gets more crowds with its popularity and Cannon is left to the true skiers. By the way, it's only 12 miles away from Loon and that's why you will hear a lot of comparisons between the two mountains. You will find nice terrain from beginner to expert level. Nice top to bottom runs. Only negatives I could think is the lack of faster lifts and lack of apres. Other than the tram there is only one way to go to summit and on windy days the cannonball chair is usually on wind hold. Few options for apres and can experience long lines to get food/drinks. In summary, good skiers will love Cannon, people looking to mix skiing with apres fun may like Loon better.


Pros: Good Challenge, decent snow quality, excellent kids programs

Cons: Can be windy, and good powder often gets blown off the exposed faces, Can be icy


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I ski Cannon every weekend and both holiday weeks. have been for 4 seasons and will continue for probably as long as my kids want to keep skiing there.

 No Glitz, just a good variety of trails, trees, Ice, Powder, groomers, pretty much every condition you can think of. The front 5 are a great mix of steeps, cruisers and bumps, and although they are fairly short, the lift lines are pretty much non existent. My friends visit from other mountains and always mention how "challenging and steep" Cannon is, but my wife & kids are so used to it, we never really think about it.

The best way to ski the mountain is to go to the top and and wind your way down back to the peabody chair or go down Pauile's extension and ski down Paulies, Aavalanche or Banshee. 

The kids seasonal programs are top notch and both my kids were, are skiing the whole mountain by the time they were 5. They don't baby the kids, and they teach them to appreciate the sport and the beauty of the mountains. The Race programs are also top notch and the Cannon kids routinely are among the best racers in the region.

The other important feature is from a seasonal cost perspective, cannon is a s much as 40% lower than any other local comparable mountain.


Pros: Great Advanced Terrain, Sidecountry, No Liftlines, Tram, No Yuppies

Cons: Icy, Windy, Lack of beginner terrain

Hi, Im an expert skiier from Ontario, who loves taking on terrain in the East. 1st time at Cannon. Arrived at 8:30, caught first chair up, did a nice steep groomer (75 km/h winds on certain faces, made for a frigid ride up the chair)

Went directly to Tram, saw nice terrain below tram (DJ's, which was closed til 11:30)... decided to go and see mittersill. Found a nice trail called Gunsight, where I bumped into some locals who were suprised to see a first timer find this gem... Paid my dues haha. Mittersill was a mess, icy as hell, ugly bumps, would be great terrain on a powder day.

Skiied a few glades, then went back to the tram area (which was less affected by the wind, therefore great snow conditions)

DJ's tramline is a great descent for advanced skiiers, with many possible lines, and full of 10-15' huckable rocks with nice landings.

Skiiers right of tramline, Kinsmen is one of the funner glades I've hit in the East (except for stuff at Massif Du Sud, EastCoast extreme powder skiing heaven)... Nice steep and long with lots of possible rock faces to jump off)


Anyways, had a great day in NH and will be returning for sure.




Pros: Cheap, Steep, Accessibility, Weather

Cons: Grooming, Accommodations, Weather

I have skied Cannon a handful of times over the last few seasons. I personally like the area. My biggest complaint is their grooming techniques. They don't run the till low enough and the net result is a lot of ice. My most recent visit they had received nearly four feet of snow in the previous three weeks, but there was still ice everywhere they would groom. The wind plays a roll in the ice as well and the front five is usually in a bit better shape than the backside of the mountain.


I personally don't care all that much about the lodge and food court, but if you are looking for apres ski stuff or a five star lodge, Cannon will disappoint you. There is nothing there other than the ski area in the middle of a notch in the mountains. The notch leads to some weird weather which makes the weather a pro and con. It can lead to a lot of snow, but also results in occasional high winds and much colder temperatures than outside the notch. 


The terrain at Cannon is what draws me. I enjoy the steep front five and the challenge it can present. If you like glade skiing, Kinsman glade is the biggest and arguably baddest in the East (so I have heard, I'm not man enough to try it). There is the Tuckerbrook area for the less skilled and learners. Riding the Tram is fun. They only have one high speed lift, but in general the area is in good shape lift wise considering what it costs for a ticket. With their two-for-Tuesdays and Thursdays $33 is hard to beat. Even a normal day will only be in the $45-55 range.


The mountain is easy to get to as well; it is right off the interstate. The only inhibitor to getting there is the occasionally perilous conditions of the road coming through the notch in the fog, wind, and snow.