You’re not a true New England skier until you’ve punched your Cannon Mountain card. That’s because Cannon is everything great New England skiing should be. The Tram, an experience in itself, brings you to Cannon’s glades (befriend a local to show you the way!).
Over at now lift-accessed Mittersill, you get a taste of the backcountry skiing of yore (now with snowmaking). Cannon’s base area is a bring-your-own-tuna sandwich locale (there’s also a bar and food available for purchase, if that’s your thing). And stunning views from the top of Franconia Notch and Mount Lafayette complete an idyllic Northeastern skiing experience.
Is it cold sometimes? Sure. But you cannot call yourself a true skier if you don’t know how to dress for that.
No. 12 in the East: Cannon Mountain, N.H.
Cannon Mountain Stats
Cannon Mountain Pass Info
Cannon is on the Indy Pass. Pass holders get two blackout-restricted days at the mountain.
From lodging and and dining to off-slope activities and local tips, here are the SKI editors’ picks for what to do in Cannon Mountain, N.H.
Hike over to Mittersill from Upper Cannon. In the days of chairs to everywhere, there’s something special about hiking up over a spine to what feels like a distant land. And great news: It’s an easy enough hike for the whole family.
Visit the New England Ski Museum, in the Aerial Tram base building. It’s packed with nostalgia and ski history, and is a treat for any dedicated skier.
The Cannonball Pub at the base has plenty of beers of tap and that old-time ski-bar vibe that reminds us why we ski.