Cannon Mountain was the site of the first passenger tramway in North America. The fact that it was built at all is a tribute to the vision of a few men, and the foresight of the New Hampshire Legislature.
From its construction in 1938 to its 1980 retirement, 6,581,338 passengers made the thrilling 2.1 mile journey up Cannon Mountain. The dedication of Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway II on May 24, 1980 marked the end of a 42 year era, and the exciting beginning of a bright new future for Cannon Mountain.
Alexander Bright, a famous skier, conceived the idea of building a tramway in NH during his trip to Europe as a member of the US Olympic Ski Team in 1933. In Europe, Bright had seen passenger carrying tramways and recognized that building one in NH could foster the growth of skiing and summer tourism in the White Mountains.
Beautiful scenery in winter. Start from Lafayette campground parking lot. Hike Cannon mountain then continue to hike Kinsman north and south. View breath taking panoramas from outlooks near summit. Bring your microspikes and hiking poles. Prepare to swing like monkey from trees or slide down on your butt for steep inclines. Decent trail management with ladders, steps, and bridges.
Lifts are always close every time I've been there the main lifts are always closed but great mountain
My Cousin Vinny stands corrected. The best trail I have ever skied is Upper Cannon.
Cannon has some of the best good ol new England skiing. Don't come expecting g perfect east trails but if you are up for the challenge of some backwoods and hard scrabble skiing nothing beats cannon.
Best mountain in NH hands down. Has terrain for everyone and some wicked good glades.
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