Cannon Mountain has broken ground on a new, fixed-grip double chairlift at Mittersill in the next phase of redevelopment of that venerable area.
Cannon is the state-owned area at the north end of Franconia Notch, N.H.and Mittersill is an adjacent area developed by Paul and Paula Valar, and closed since 1984.
Since its closing 26 years ago, intrepid skiers have accessed Mittersill's terrain from Cannon, riding the lifts and hiking a ridge trail, then skiing or riding down and making their own way back to Cannon.
Two years ago New Hampshire acquired Mittersill in a land swap with the U.S. Forest Service, and operated it as a backcountry area. Cannon ran a shuttle service to bring skiers and riders back to Cannon after they made their own way over to Mittersill.
The installation of a new double chair at Mittersill represents Phase II of the redevelopment of Mittersill and will allow skiers and riders to access the terrain directly from the base, increase the amount of use and help drive visits to Cannon Mountain. The project was awarded to Doppelmayr CTEC, Inc. of Park City, Utah.
John DeVivo, Cannon's general manager, said the entire Mittersill project will cost $4 million.
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