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Over 65 skiing for free on weekdays at Cannon may end

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In early April, the NH House passed a bill that includes a major change for NH seniors over 65 who have been skiing for free at Cannon on weekdays.  The companion bill had already passed the NH Senate.  However, the legislative process is not finished yet.  The change would mean paying 1/3 for a midweek day ticket and 2/3 on weekends.  There would be a $136 midweek season pass for seniors.  The bill also includes allowing higher rates for weekend and holiday admissions to all NH recreational areas.  Cannon is state-owned and run.

 

The stats from 2015-16 for free senior days was about 2000 tickets for a value of about $110,000.  Wonder how much the numbers would go down?  The cost for a day would be $25 for someone who didn't get a season pass.

 

Lost revenue could spell end for senior citizen discount at Cannon Mountain

http://www.concordmonitor.com/News/State/Cannon-mountain-lift-tickets-1376569 - 4/6/16

 

Lawmakers are weighing whether to eliminate one of the perks of growing old – free weekday skiing.

After a fiery debate Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would let the state charge seniors to ski at Cannon Mountain.

Currently, New Hampshire residents over 65 can ski there for free on weekdays. . . .

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I always figured by the time I got to 'senior' status, all the freebies would be gone.  Not just skiing either.

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I always figured by the time I got to 'senior' status, all the freebies would be gone.  Not just skiing either.


Only reason I'm paying attention to senior rates now is that my ski buddy Bill will be 65 fairly soon.  But given where we usually ski, that's probably not going to make any difference.  70 or 75 is the more common cut off at bigger resorts.  He has to wait until 80 for free skiing at Alta.

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Apparently there was a 2-hour meeting in Franconia where the public was firing questions or comments to NH Parks and Recreation Director Phillip Bryce and Cannon Mountain General Manager John DeVivo.  One issue was that there was a feeling that Cannon management had made little effort to communication to senior skiers directly about the potential change as the bill was moving forward.  A few NH House and Senate representatives were present.  The report in New England Ski Industry is pretty detailed.

 

http://www.newenglandskiindustry.com/viewstory.php?storyid=423

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Well, looks like NH seniors will continue to ski for free at Cannon.  The latest attempt to charge seniors was rejected by the NH House Conference Committee.

 

http://www.newenglandskiindustry.com/viewstory.php?storyid=444

 

"The New Hampshire House Conference Committee has killed the controversial Senate Bill 441, which would have allowed Cannon's state management to charge resident seniors for lift tickets. . . . "

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