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Which should I go to on Christmas weekend?

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Originally Posted by gregory99mar View Post

Which should I go to on Christmas weekend?



Well Cannon is closed Christmas day, Bretton Woods is not. I'd personally recommend doing Saturday at BW (thats where I will be) and Sunday at Cannon as they're not very far apart.

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I guess the new Mittersill double chair will not be open by your dates.  Let us know if you find out anything about its status and expected operating date.  Have a good time!  Never skied BW, but Cannon is a classic:  http://www.dcski.com/ubbthreads33/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=58184&page=2

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Cannon and BW are two very different mountains.  BW is a very shallow mountain with nothing really all that challenging.  Cannon is one of the steeper ski mountains in New Hampshire, if not all of New England.

 

I haven't looked on their web-sites to see what percentage of terrain is actually open at each one.  They are fairly close together though, so if you're going up for the weekend, you might as well ski one each day.  As mentioned above, Cannon is closed XMAS day.

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Cannon and BW are two very different mountains.  BW is a very shallow mountain with nothing really all that challenging.  Cannon is one of the steeper ski mountains in New Hampshire, if not all of New England.

 

One of the jokes about BW is "At Bretton Woods, how do you know which ski is your uphill ski?"  Cannon is the other end of the spectrum.

 


 

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The conditions at both are (being reported as) great right now. Cannon has received four feet of snow this month. They just scored 6" overnight and I'm on my way there now. BW is running with a lot of their stuff open and project to open more for this weekend. They have a handful of glades open and have been getting dumped on with snow too.

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We were at Cannon on Monday.  I've been hoping to find time to post some photos, but here is the bottom line.

 

Snowmaking trails are in great shape.

Natural trails are skiable (and quite nice, actually) if they are grass underneath.

There are some small, fun bumps forming along the right side of several of the lower mountain trails served by the zoomer lift.  Zoomer lift line itself is bumping up nicely.

They are starting to open the upper mountain -- I think there is a lot of snow up there, but I'm not sure as we only did one run since it was in a cloud (zero visibility) the day we were there. (I had yet another visibliity-induced hard fall.  I'm getting tired of doing that.)

 

There was no snow on the side of the road till be turned into the notch, and suddenly everything was white.  So I think the claim of a localized snow event may have some merit.

 

So anyway, I would consider Cannon to have great pre-Xmas conditions for New England.

 

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I was there today. A lot of moguls everywhere, although I'm assuming they're going to groom a lot of them down. They got 6" last night and it was all getting pushed around making it interesting skiing on top of the ice on the back side and the grass on the front side. It was ok skiing, the visibility was already near zero and someone had the idea to blast the snow guns on Middle and Lower Cannon making the already near zero visibility even worse (less than 10 foot at best). I have heard all kinds of great things about Bretton Woods and they have a lot of glade skiing open. I'll be there Saturday. Cannon was fun, but if you're not into hitting moguls everywhere all day, you might want to go to BW.

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