Cannon Mountain Manager John DeVivo says 86 acres of Mittersill, acquired by the State of New Hampshire in a land swap, will be operated as lift-served backcountry terrain this winter.

Skiers and riders will access the area via the Tramway and Cannonball Quad, and a healthy hike across the ridge that leads to the top of the Mittersill trails.

"The trail crew has done some thinning and brush cutting for ease of access, but nothing to change the culture or skiing and riding experience over there. With no snowmaking, limited grooming, very limited patrolling and extensive rescue time, the area will carry a designation of ‘Extra Hazardous'," DeVivo said.

He said Cannon will run a weekend/holiday shuttle service from the base of Mittersill to Peabody/Notchview.

Plans call for a new Mittersill Double to be in place for the start of 2010-11 skiing. 

Other improvements at Cannon include a new snowmaking pump that will increase water capacity by 20 percent; addition of a new Prinoth BR350 groomer; addition of of new 3,200 square foot rental and repair shop at Peabody Lodge; addition of a new 3,200 square foot family room at Peabody Lodge; addition of a new 2,800 square foot pub at Peabody; and an increase in the size of the Peabody Lodge main room of 1,600 square feet.

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