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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

thinking of heading up to cannon tomorrow. been there once before when mittersill wasn't open. expert skier, will ski pretty much anything (at least anything i've encountered so far on the east coast).

 

is mittersill the kind of area i could just explore on my own? how easy is it to get lost/stuck somewhere if you don't know the terrain? i'll try to convince someone to show me around, but just wondering in case that doesn't happen.

post #2 of 12

Don't take a left of the main trail you hike up to get over to top of Mittersill area, although following tracks off to the left will look enticing you could end up for a long walk back around the mountain. After you get up to the top of the hike just make sure you keep working back to the right.

post #3 of 12

We'll be there tomorrow also. Looks like everything is open including Mittersill.

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

@Snowbowler - haha, thanks. that's pretty much the only thing i already knew. still appreciate it.

 

today (friday) was fantastic. face shots in the morning, then soft, ungroomed bumps and boot-deep powder everywhere all day. got into the woods for the first time this season and emerged with no significant base damage. they had to put the tram and cannonball on wind hold after about 2 pm, though...it was pretty brutal at the summit.

 

didn't venture over to mittersill. heard it was still a little rocky...maybe i'm just too risk-averse, but there was plenty of good skiing on cannon.

post #5 of 12

@LiquidFeet could be a resource for you on this stuff.

post #6 of 12
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@Snowbowler - haha, thanks. that's pretty much the only thing i already knew. still appreciate it.

 

today (friday) was fantastic. face shots in the morning, then soft, ungroomed bumps and boot-deep powder everywhere all day. got into the woods for the first time this season and emerged with no significant base damage. they had to put the tram and cannonball on wind hold after about 2 pm, though...it was pretty brutal at the summit.

 

didn't venture over to mittersill. heard it was still a little rocky...maybe i'm just too risk-averse, but there was plenty of good skiing on cannon.


If the rest of Cannon is skiing like that then that's exactly the time to head to Mittersill.  You can't really get lost unless you duck the rope on the left halfway down the upper access trail, as somebody mentioned.   That's the Tuckerbrook trail which comes out on the XC network at the Franconia Inn.  Stage a car down there and do that too.  It's wild, but leave the beginners and intermediates at home.   FWIW, Mittersill is ALWAYS somewhat rocky.  Don't sweat it, just do it.  Very special.  Been skiing there for 40 years.

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

guess i should have gone for it. oh well...maybe next time when my skis aren't quite as new.

@qcanoe, thanks - will keep that in mind next time.

post #8 of 12

Also check out the alpinezone forums. more east centric then epic ski and plenty of cannon locals.

post #9 of 12

Lots of people were in Mittersill this weekend.  

I was teaching and on new skis; will do it next weekend, weather and conditions permitting.


Everything was open this last weekend, even DJ's Tramline and Kinsman Glade.  Snow was awesome.  Crowds were ok.

 

AlpineZone comes through for weather watching and updated conditions there.


Edited by LiquidFeet - 2/17/14 at 7:52am
post #10 of 12

How difficult is the section of Baron's that is served by the double? Could I ski it solo as a solid level 7 skier? I'm comfortable poking my way slowly through never-groomed terrain as long as it is not super-steep.

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How difficult is the section of Baron's that is served by the double? Could I ski it solo as a solid level 7 skier? I'm comfortable poking my way slowly through never-groomed terrain as long as it is not super-steep.

 

Baron's is not steep.  If they assigned a color to it I suspect it would be a blue square.  There are no double fall lines,

and it has a sustained fairly consistent pitch.  

 

There is a dusting of some sort on everything at the mountain right now from today's snow, and it's supposed to snow tonight. 

However, that snow is supposed to be accompanied by gale-force winds.  Much of that snow will blow into the woods.

It was brutally cold today; will be cold again tomorrow.  However, the snow is most excellent if you personally do not

run cold.  Check the website in the morning before heading out to see if they are planning on running the chair.  The

reports are honest. 

 

Baron's is now a wide and long bump run.  They don't blow snow on it.  It does not get groomed.  We've had a lot of

snow lately, plus the lift has been running for weeks.  I did not go there today nor yesterday, so my info based on what

I've heard and from what I've experienced recently when I've gone over to ski it.  They closed the lift today mid-morning

because of wind.  No one was hiking over from the summit, either, after they closed the lift.   

 

When I skied it last weekend there was glare ice across the very top at the entrance.  The best way onto the run was

to slide in on skier's left as close to the trees as possible until you get down past the ice.  That glare ice isn't going anywhere

as long as it's cold, and fresh snow will blow off it.  So I think we get to enjoy it for a while.  After that it's fine.  There are

nice bumps the rest of the way down, covered with whatever has been falling in the last few days.  Since the lift has

been running, skiers are going to cut the fresh snow up, so it won't be fresh tracks nor fully formed New England ice bumps,

but something in between.  Lots of ho-hum skiers ski it with lots of stop-and-think moments.  The more traffic and the

longer since the last snow, the more defined the bumps will get, but given who skis it those bumps will be irregular.  

 

More wind, more --- well, ugly.  Do check the weather report and website in the morning before heading out, given what's

been in the forecast.

post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

 

Baron's is not steep.  If they assigned a color to it I suspect it would be a blue square.  There are no double fall lines,

and it has a sustained fairly consistent pitch.  

 

There is a dusting of some sort on everything at the mountain right now from today's snow, and it's supposed to snow tonight. 

However, that snow is supposed to be accompanied by gale-force winds.  Much of that snow will blow into the woods.

It was brutally cold today; will be cold again tomorrow.  However, the snow is most excellent if you personally do not

run cold.  Check the website in the morning before heading out to see if they are planning on running the chair.  The

reports are honest. 

 

Baron's is now a wide and long bump run.  They don't blow snow on it.  It does not get groomed.  We've had a lot of

snow lately, plus the lift has been running for weeks.  I did not go there today nor yesterday, so my info based on what

I've heard and from what I've experienced recently when I've gone over to ski it.  They closed the lift today mid-morning

because of wind.  No one was hiking over from the summit, either, after they closed the lift.   

 

When I skied it last weekend there was glare ice across the very top at the entrance.  The best way onto the run was

to slide in on skier's left as close to the trees as possible until you get down past the ice.  That glare ice isn't going anywhere

as long as it's cold, and fresh snow will blow off it.  So I think we get to enjoy it for a while.  After that it's fine.  There are

nice bumps the rest of the way down, covered with whatever has been falling in the last few days.  Since the lift has

been running, skiers are going to cut the fresh snow up, so it won't be fresh tracks nor fully formed New England ice bumps,

but something in between.  Lots of ho-hum skiers ski it with lots of stop-and-think moments.  The more traffic and the

longer since the last snow, the more defined the bumps will get, but given who skis it those bumps will be irregular.  

 

More wind, more --- well, ugly.  Do check the weather report and website in the morning before heading out, given what's

been in the forecast.

Super-detailed response. Sounds like I might have more fun there when things start to soften up. Thank you!

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