Until New Year's Day, the last time a chairlift ran at Mittersill was 1984, the year the upscale area run by Paul and Paula Valar closed.

This New Year's, the new Mittersill Double began spinning, marking the official rebirth of lift-served skiing there.

Cannon Mountain, owned by the State of New Hampshire, acquired Mittersill in March 2009 in a land swap with the U.S. Forest Service.

Cannon began operating Mittersill as a backcountry area with all-natural terrain, without snowmaking or grooming, reached by hiking over from Cannon, skiing or riding down, and taking a shuttle bus back to Cannon.

Mittersill remains a natural snow area, so the 4 feet of natural snow that has fallen since Dec. 22 made possible the Jan. 1 start of the chairlift.

Conditions there will remain entirely weather dependent, suitable only for expert skiers and riders. Check OnTheSnow for snow and conditions report before planning an outing to Mittersill.

The chair will operate 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on days when conditions allow.

Skiers and riders wishing to ride the Mittersill Double Chairlift or access the slopes must have a ski lift ticket or season pass at the Notchview Welcome Center at Cannon Mountain's Peabody Base Area. Tickets and passes are not available at Mittersill.

More information. Or call 603-823-8800.