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Cannon Mountain

Cannon Mountain Ski Resort Guide

Cannon Mountain, United States

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForSnowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski.
Highest Lift1,270m4,167ft
Resort Height610m2,001ft
 Nearest AirportsGreenville and Asheville
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Cannon Mountain

The biggest ski mountain in New Hampshire, actually owned by the State, and boasting a long and illustrious history. Cannon operates New Hampshire's only cable car and has a reputation for exciting expert terrain whilst maintaining gentle slopes for beginners.


The American ski resort of Cannon Mountain is at an altitude of 610m2,001ft.

Cannon Mountain has direct access to 39 marked pistes, served by a total of 7 ski lifts.

The skiing is at relatively low altitude, so snow cover can be variable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Cannon Mountain?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Cannon Mountain.

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Ski Area Stats

Cannon Mountain Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Cross Country
Total Length
60km37 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Cannon Mountain Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,270m4,167ft
Lowest Piste610m2,001ft
Resort Altitude (Cannon Mountain)610m2,001ft
Max Vertical660m2,165ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Cannon Mountain
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Cannon Mountain Overview

Cannon Mountain offers the remarkable combination of a ruggedly beautiful setting, first class lifts and a relaxed state park environment. Boasting New Hampshire's greatest vertical drop, it is a favourite among more advanced skiers. Set amongst some of the region's most spectacular scenery, Cannon's slopes are reflected in the waters Echo Lake in Franconia Notch State Park. It is one of the few major North American ski areas to be still owned and operated by a public body.

Whilst it has a great reputation for its expert terrain, Cannon also has a first rate beginners' area as well as a variety of gentle slopes to suit the whole family. When North America's first 'aerial tramway' or 'cable car' was installed here in 1938, it would have been hard to believe that, nearly 70 years later, Cannon Mountain would still be a major New England ski area.

The cable car has recently been renovated having to ensure smooth operations. There has also been a tremendous investment in the snowmaking system. This has included everything from renovating and upgrading existing equipment to expanding the scope of the overall operation. Cannon Mountain has increased-and in some cases doubled-the number of snowmaking guns on many trails.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Cannon Mountain is 3km2 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Tram Line Trail'.


While Cannon Mountain has a justifiable reputation for challenging and exciting expert trails, the Brookside Area offers skiing and riding for the entire family, with the Brookside triple chair and Tuckerbrook quad offering quick access to nine trails with terrain for beginning and intermediate skiers/boarders. The Brookside Learning Center offers all-day and part-day programs as well as childcare for children ages six weeks and older.

Efficient chairlift connections serve the mountain from Peabody Base Lodge and the famous 70-person cable car will whisk you to the summit in just eight minutes.

The ski school arranges a wide range of classes including special tuition on the resorts famous 'Front Five' steep trails. There are special midweek ticket deals for women and groups for senior skiers to join.

The rest of the mountain offers some of the more challenging terrain as well as glades. Cannon Mountain's historic roots are evident in the design of the older trails, which tend to be somewhat narrow and winding.

Cannon Mountain offers good sking, particularly, for Expert and Intermediate skiers.


Cannon is big on its ski race training and ski technique, but boarders get equal treatment and apart from the exciting natural terrain to enjoy there is a terrain park with half pipe.

Location and Map

Where is Cannon Mountain?

This ski resort is in Rabun, Georgia, United States.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Cannon Mountain is Greenville, 111 minutes drive away.

Asheville, Atlanta, Chattanooga and Knoxville airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The seven ski lifts are able to uplift 6,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Cannon Mountain open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November (Normally opens Friday after Thanksgiving), and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Cannon Mountain, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Cannon Mountain Tourist Office for the latest.

Aprés Ski

There are literally hundreds of night spots to choose from in the region, with something for all tastes.

CJ's Penalty Box at the Kancamagus Motor Lodge on Route 112 in Lincoln is the area's only Sport's Bar.

Gordi's Fish & Steak House on Kancamagus Hwy in Lincoln is known for its great après ski. As with many establishments in the area you can spend the whole evening there as there's an excellent pub menu too. Try prime rib, lobster, fish, steak and throw in the salad bar to keep feeling healthy.

King's Corner Cafe at Depot Plaza in Lincoln has an expresso bar and gallery as well as a restaurant serving the best breakfast in town all day. It is a lively apres ski spot with comfort seating and wireless internet access.

Serious apres skiers will take a trip to the Woodstock Inn, home to the Woodstock Station (the town's original train station, now attached to the rear of the main inn) which serves a casual 148-item menu for lunch and dinner. Variety, hearty portions, and nightly entertainment have turned the Station into the locals' hot spot.

As if that's not enough, the Woodstock Inn Brewery is also on-premises. The seven-barrel brewing system offers six freshly brewed ales at all times. The attached Brewpub is a cosy room where locals and travellers socialize over pints, often watching the brewers at work perfecting their handcrafted ales, porters, and stouts.

Cannon Mountain