As the last sand slips through the hourglass that represents this season’s skiing, I treasure ever grain, every trail and every turn. Today was my 48th ski day and 25th ski resort of the year and it far exceed my mid-April expectation. Cannon Mountain is always scenic, and today there was the bonus of 4-5 inches of fresh snow and spring sunshine to make it well worth the trip. Cannon’s conditions were winter like, summit trees wrapped in rime and packed powder from 4,080’ down the entire 2,180 vertical to the base, until afternoon when the lower mountain started to soften to sweet corn.
Riding the Peabody quad to the Cannonball summit lift (the Tram is wrapped for the season but you can still ski the entire mountain), we skied run after run of scenic snowy trails – signature Vista Way with super views of Franconia Notch’s Lincoln and Lafayette, to classic twisting trails Taft Slalom and Ravine. The sky was so clear you could see Sugarbush, Stowe, Jay Peak and Burke in the distance. Everything was well covered and surprisingly well-groomed – Cannon’s investment in snowmaking and grooming is evident. The staff seemed much friendlier than I remembered in the past, especially so late in their season. This the leanest but nicest State operation I have ever witnessed, short staffed but all smiles just days before they’re done. I also have to give props to Cannonball Pub, what a fun ski bar with table service lunch in the Peabody Lodge offering a view of the slopes and probably the most beers on tap in ski country.
Cannon Photos April 17 2014 by Greg Burke