by: Giles - 7th February 2011

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced/Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 3Family Friendly
  • 2Aprés Ski
  • Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
challenge, snow, lifts, views, lack of crowds, variety, accessability
wind, cold, tram closed weekdays, Cannonball, Cannonball Quad

Full review

Learned to ski in So. NH, and then graduated north at the age of twelve. Skied all the old standbys before finding Cannon(Loon, Waterville, Gunstock, Killington, Mount Snow, Sunapee, et al) but this mountain just thrilled the daylights outta me. Even before improvements in grooming and snowmaking, I was mesmerized. The Front Five were intimidating and made my parents think twice, but once on slope, they too were convinced. There's just no bigger mountain experience in state. The tram allows for incredible vertical counts in one day, and the terrain is so quirky and interesting that even on the worst day, you crave more. Phenomenal continuous pitch over some really unfriendly fall lines. You have to be on your toes. If Middle Hardscrabble is open(none too often), you have to ski it. That's the rule. No matter how punishing it is. Upper Ravine and Upper Cannon, cut for telemarking - such twists and curves, so much variety in one descent - it's exhilarating. The reverse is Cannonball(Profile): a disastrous cut on the center of the mountain that is plagued by wind and too wide for the exposure. Even worse, the quad which was built on the exposed side of the slope to save money. Lift and trail - awful. However, now, with the addition of Tuckerbrook and Mittersill, Cannon would have to be considered in the top 5 in New England. And, this low annual snow count that gets listed..what? Always snowing here when raining elsewhere. Not buying it those low totals. So, give it a shot, but don't come seeking the traditional resort. And, for all the marketing otherwise - it's a tough mountain. Come to Cannon but be ready to work. You will be rewarded for it.
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