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Cannon-First Time

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
This weekend, for the first time ever, I'm going to hit Cannon (in NH)-somehow this oft talked about place has always eluded me-but I don't think snow conditions are going to ever get any better (even the tram line is open!) so it's the resort of choice this weekend.

Where's the goods on the mountain-what's the best one day strategy (I know it's not that big, but still...) for skiing here?

I'm excited- a free day and a new place-any local knowldege anyone can spare (I wouldn't mind some company either if anyone is looking to ski Cannon as well this weekend).
post #2 of 11
PM riverc0il. He doesn't post here as much as he does on AZ and SnowJournal, but he's definitely the man when it comes to skiing Cannon. Here's his site with a list of Cannon TRs from this season:

http://www.thesnowway.com/ski/reports.htm

I've skied with Steve and he definitely can rock...
post #3 of 11
i'm up this weekend. definitely sunday, maybe saturday.

regarding a strategy for the mountain, here's some advice: if you like groomers, ski upper/mid/lower cannon and upper/mid/lower ravine early as they get scraped up, but are rocking top to bottom groomer runs with the upper sections being classic new england windy trails. tramway should also be done early as it gets scraped up. rocket and gary's will be good all day for groomer action, hit them at your leisure.

lift strategy: avoid the HSQ when ever possible. ski upper mountain trails via the cannonball quad and ski lakeside trails via the zoomer triple chair utilizing the tram from the zoomer side. the HSQ doesn't have much to offer and trails like mid cannon and the links become scrapped off nightmares by noon time.

bump action on zoomer, paulie's, and avalanche off the zoomer triple. a good chair to warm up on in the morning as the sun hits it first (not this weekend though!). don't forget to score powder in the banshee area when cutting back to the tram, most people miss this area. after this storm, likely bumps on vista way, taft slalom, and paulie's extension, yum.

for glades, you have lakeview, echo, and kinsman. all three have been thin even as of this past week, but after saturday they should all be well covered hopefully. kinsman is especially brutal and should not be taken likely. it's the longest marked inbounds glade in new england that i know of, and it's steep as a mofo in places. i've seen way way too many inexperienced skiers struggling through kinsman. tramline is freaking sweet, but if you can't hop turn or take a mandatory air, probably not for you.

must ski trails would be a top to bottom via taft, upper hard, middle hard. sensational run, likely top to bottom bumps after this storm. the hards are classic. everything on the front face rips, groomers or bumps... your choice, steep either way. kinsman and tramline if you're up for the challenge, but respect those trails if you're not, they are not a joke and just because cannon doesn't use silly double diamond ratings doesn't mean one shouldn't exercise good judgement. upper cannon and ravine should probably go on the must ski list too, they are classics.

it's a fantastic mountain, but the trail map is really just the beginning.
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by riverc0il
i'm up this weekend. definitely sunday, maybe saturday.

regarding a strategy for the mountain, here's some advice: if you like groomers, ski upper/mid/lower cannon and upper/mid/lower ravine early as they get scraped up, but are rocking top to bottom groomer runs with the upper sections being classic new england windy trails. tramway should also be done early as it gets scraped up. rocket and gary's will be good all day for groomer action, hit them at your leisure.

lift strategy: avoid the HSQ when ever possible. ski upper mountain trails via the cannonball quad and ski lakeside trails via the zoomer triple chair utilizing the tram from the zoomer side. the HSQ doesn't have much to offer and trails like mid cannon and the links become scrapped off nightmares by noon time.

bump action on zoomer, paulie's, and avalanche off the zoomer triple. a good chair to warm up on in the morning as the sun hits it first (not this weekend though!). don't forget to score powder in the banshee area when cutting back to the tram, most people miss this area. after this storm, likely bumps on vista way, taft slalom, and paulie's extension, yum.

for glades, you have lakeview, echo, and kinsman. all three have been thin even as of this past week, but after saturday they should all be well covered hopefully. kinsman is especially brutal and should not be taken likely. it's the longest marked inbounds glade in new england that i know of, and it's steep as a mofo in places. i've seen way way too many inexperienced skiers struggling through kinsman. tramline is freaking sweet, but if you can't hop turn or take a mandatory air, probably not for you.

must ski trails would be a top to bottom via taft, upper hard, middle hard. sensational run, likely top to bottom bumps after this storm. the hards are classic. everything on the front face rips, groomers or bumps... your choice, steep either way. kinsman and tramline if you're up for the challenge, but respect those trails if you're not, they are not a joke and just because cannon doesn't use silly double diamond ratings doesn't mean one shouldn't exercise good judgement. upper cannon and ravine should probably go on the must ski list too, they are classics.

it's a fantastic mountain, but the trail map is really just the beginning.
Phew. Toldya Steve is the man...
post #5 of 11
It looks like I'm heading up to Cannon on Sunday. I have not takers so it looks like I'll be alone. Anyone want to hook up?
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info...that's the kind of detail I'd pay for (if I had to, of course).

With the storm I've delayed my trip till tomorrow (Sunday).

I'm Pretty excited-It's been a couple of season since we had a quality spring setting up
post #7 of 11
I'll second Kinsman being a difficult glade to ski. I've technically only skied the top half or so and then moved over to the right and skied a bit deeper into the woods. Its definately the steepest and tightest glade I've been in. If you're confident in the other glades on the mountain, then check it out...but i wouldn't jump in there before the others.
post #8 of 11
Rivercoil, I've seen your site before and I think its an awesome collection of articles and trip reports. Thanks for the enjoyment i've gotten from it.

It looks like kinsman opens up fairly nicely, especially with better coverage then we had a bit over a month ago. I'll have to head back and ski the whole thing sometime soon.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by RJP
Rivercoil, I've seen your site before and I think its an awesome collection of articles and trip reports. Thanks for the enjoyment i've gotten from it.
whathesaid.....www.thesnowway.com is the bomb!! Inspiring stuff....bookmark it for daily viewing..... Thanks Steve!!!!
post #10 of 11
cjb, i'm on the mountain sunday but meeting up with some other folks. if you're at the tram base for first tram at 8:15, gimme a tap on the shouler. there's a pic of me on the web page link posted above. glad you guys enjoy my trip write ups and pictures! i'm trying to document more areas, but it's so hard to tear myself away from cannon...
post #11 of 11
btw, hrstrat57... your link is broken, it's missing a 'w' in the URL.
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