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Cannon's Rocket

In honor of Bode Miller, who will seek another gold medal in Saturday's downhill at the Alpine world championships in Bormio, Italy, we look at the New Hampshire classic on which he grew up honing his skills and giving fly to his wild appetite for speed.

But as tough as this granite monolith can be, Franconia Notch's Cannon Mountain is also plenty cruisy with long, meandering blue runs. One of our favorite cruisers is the aptly named Rocket, a run tailored for intermediates who like steep, fast cruising over well-groomed snow.

This run gives you the feeling you're on a dive-bombing flight straight into Echo Lake, with sensational views of the lake and the mountains behind it.

It's also a good run to practice high-speed carving. When you're ready for more of a challenge -- and there's plenty here to do that -- it's time to strut your stuff on Tramline (if open).

As the 60-passenger car ascends overhead, your quads will have all they can handle on this steep and narrow run with its lurching terrain created by the stone slabs beneath the snow.

TONY CHAMBERLAIN

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