South of Littleton near Franconia Notch in the White Mountains, the Cannon Mountain ski area has 97 runs over 285 acres served by 10 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 2,180 feet. The ski area is popular with snowboarders for its superb expert terrain. The 70 passenger Aerial Tramway is a quick way to get up to the Cannon summit to start the day (closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) and offers pristine scenic vistas. While there is a nice parking area at the tramway base, there are no services out of that base except for ticket sales. The Cannon Mountain ski area has the most vertical in New Hampshire and has the most extensive modern snowmaking facilities.
If you’re looking for steeps, try the aggressive Tram Line run and also check out the Avalanche run. For some real challenge, hike over the saddle to the Mittersill summit for steep and narrow runs. There are two newer lifts on the northwest side of Mittersill that has opened up 86 acres of new backcountry-style terrain for those who haven’t been here in a few years.
For the freestylers in your crew, Cannon offers three terrain parks to explore. The Tossup is the main terrain park with the largest hits and biggest air. There is a jump line and a rail/jib line with plenty of features. It’s accessible from teh Eagle Cliff Triple. The Parkway is the intermediate level terrain park that has a flowy-style with medium-sized jumps. The edge of Parkway is naturally banked and a blasted to ride. Lastly, the smaller Huckerbrook terrain park is ideal for beginners learn the stunts and an practice the features. It is accessible by a handle tow lift. On weekdays, one or more of the terrain parks may be closed for maintainance, so make sure to call ahead.
After a long day of snowboarding at Cannon, you can checkout the apres ski action at the Cannonball Pub at the base or the Woodstock Brewery.
To reach the snowboarding at Cannon Mountain from Boston and southern New Hampshire, head north on US93 to Exit #34B or #34C. There are three parking areas serving the main lift bases. There is no base area village accomodations (the closest is back in Lincoln).
Tip - For the past several years, Cannon Mountain has had two-for-one lift tickets on Super Bowl Sunday. While this attracts a crowd, it usually empties out by noon.
Overall, Cannon Mountain Ski Area is the 10th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 19 snowboarding resorts in New Hampshire.
Local Contacts: Cannon Mountain Ski Area (603) 823-8800; NH Tourism (800) 88SKI-NH.
Best Season: Jan. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Woodwards Resort, Lincoln; Sunset Hill House (603) 823-5522
Luxury Loding: Sugar Hill Inn, Franconia; Indian Head Resort
Breakfast Restaurant: Sunny Day Diner, Lincoln.
Reference Source: click here http://www.cannonmt.com/
GPS: 44.177926, -71.701198
Date Published: 1/3/2016
Date Updated: 11/26/2018
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