Cannon Mountain Ski Resort Improvements Announced

Franconia, NH - Cannon Mountain has made extensive improvements and enhancements for the 2015-2016 winter season.

In making the announcement, John DeVivo, Cannon Mountain's general manager, explained that the changes include snowmaking at Mittersill for the first time since that terrain officially became part of Cannon Mountain in 2009. Other improvements include the creation of the new 19-acre Taft Training slope at Mittersill, a new Prinoth Bison winch cat for Cannon's grooming fleet, and a total of 133 new energy-efficient tower, ground, and fan guns. Additionally, Cannon will officially name and designate 14 official trails and glades at Mittersill. All of the improvements at Mittersill are part of the three-year Mittersill Improvement Project. The Project is being funded primarily through the efforts of Franconia Ski Club and will be gifted to Cannon Mountain.

"Franconia Ski Club is one of our oldest and most trusted partners," said DeVivo. "While the focus of the Mittersill Improvement Project has been to create world-class ski racing and training terrain, it will also have great benefits for all of our guests. By partnering with the ski club, we've opened up new terrain and made significant improvements like snowmaking, which will allow all of our guests more access to Mittersill, more often, with better snow conditions."

Snowmaking at Mittersill
This fall, snowmaking pipe and hydrants were installed on Baron's Run, Way Back, Sky Line, Ridge Run and a new connector trail (to be named later).

The recently widened Baron's Run, one of the most popular routes at Mittersill, will now have a total of 55 high-output, energy-efficient tower guns. This will enable the Mittersill Double Chair to operate more frequently. In the past, the opening of Mittersill and operation of the double chair were completely reliant on natural snow. New snowmaking on the Sky Line and Ridge Run trails will give skiers and riders two snowmaking routes from the top of the double chair.

All trails with new snowmaking will now be groomed on a more frequent basis.

Race Training at Mittersill
With the creation of the new Taft Training Slope at Mittersill, the installation of snowmaking and a new T-bar lift planned for the 2016-2017 winter season, a world-class training facility will be available for the Franconia Ski Club and other race organizations. It is important to note that when the slope is not in use for racing, it will be open to the public. Taft Training Slope will not be used for training or racing during the 2015-2016.

Baron's Run has been widened and improved to accommodate giant slalom and super giant slalom training and racing. However, its use for training will be limited; it is expected to remain open to the public 100 percent of the time during the 2015-2016 season, although some shared training may take place. During the 2016-2017 season, training and racing on Baron's Run will continue to be limited and will only occur on a select number of dates.

"We're excited for the ski season to begin," concluded DeVivo. "These improvements will add a whole new dimension to the Cannon and Mittersill experience."

About Cannon Mountain:
Located in Franconia Notch State Park, Franconia, NH is owned and operated by the State of New Hampshire, Division of Parks and Recreation. The ski area has 73 trails plus Mittersill Backcountry Area and 10 lifts, including the Mittersill Double Chair. SKI Magazine has again ranked Cannon one of the 20 best ski resorts in the East. For more information call 603-823-8800, email: info@cannonmt.com or log onto www.cannonmt.com or www.facebook.com/CannonMountain.

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Contact for further information or hi-res photo requests
Greg Keeler | Director of Marketing | Cannon Mountain
603-823-8800 | email: gregory.keeler@dred.nh.gov | cannonmt.com

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