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  1. Beautiful day at Cannon the day after a giant 20"+ dump
  2. I know this is a grainy photo and it’s a few weeks old (pre-Coronavirus), but this should conclusively prove that the lone groomer legend on Cannon is no myth!
  3. Fairly cold throughout the day. The sun peaked out around 9am and looked like it was going to clear up. Then by 10 it was dumping. Turned into about 3-4 inches of really fluffy snow, which was desperately needed. The storm this week clearly was mostly rain to start. I don't think the base was too badly damaged except for the fact that its now a glacier. Upper Mountain seemed to be less impacted and the glades up there were still fine but the sides and woods on the lower mountain were pretty rough. I normally ride through anything but had no choice but to bail out of Lakeview about halfway down. No idea how they opened DJs or Kinsman.
  4. Pretty cool to see these old pictures of the original lift. Wonder if this thing went any faster than the current one.
  5. Pretty amazing day. Picked up about 8" since the previous afternoon. We expected major crowds so we showed up at 7:45 to catch the 8:15 tram. There was nobody there. Even by the time the tram loaded it was only about half full. Bumped into@thesnowway in line for the tram and shared a few laps. At the summit it was eerily quiet. We lapped the cannonball chair with almost no other skiers. Turns out that the lower mountain lifts had a delayed opening. So only those who caught the first tram were up top for awhile. Video report below. Sorry for crappy editing, I only have my phone available to edit on. The point is to show conditions not to make a cinematic masterpiece!
  6. I've got some Cannon vouchers left. A couple of full vouchers, and a couple of $25 tix. Cannon is only going to be open full time until Monday 4/15 and then maybe again for Easter Weekend. Hit me up if interested. Not really enough time to mail them now so would probably require a pick-up in Lincoln or meet-up at Cannon.
  7. Tale of 2 different days. Cannon 4/6/2019: 35-45 degrees. 1-3" of snow overnight. Ceiling at about mid-mountain. Showed up first thing in the AM very skeptical about conditions for the day. I was fully ready for a one-and-done. Met @ABV and @fcksummer at the Zoomer bar (turns out @Smellytele was parked right behind us also). We grabbed opening bell on the Zoomer chair while the groomers were still working there way down the Front Five. Following our usual routine we took a warm up lap on Gary's. The first turn was tentative with no sense of how firm or soft it would be. It was soft! Very fast carveable granular corduroy! Nice, that works! It felt good underfoot and put the pedal down. At the last roller on Gary's the groomers had apparently taken a hard right over to Rocket because they left a good bit of lower Gary's ungroomed. Hitting the fresh layer of new snow was like riding into a fly trap. I went from 40 to 5 MPH in a split second and almost swallowed my knees. That was the lesson learned and we adapted from there. Knowing that was what we had to work with we adjusted our technique accordingly and took off to explore the rest of the mountain. Basically it was the same everywhere, really good if you were on your toes (well actually on your heels). Upper mountain glades were filled in and we found untracked pretty much all day (lower mtn glades are toast). We took a short break to participate in Cannon's Passholder appreciation day. WOW they really pulled out all the stops!! Once your fished your cold hamburger patty out of the bucket you could put it on your cold bun. Then you had the option of manhandling the block of american cheese to rip yourself off a slice that every other passholder had already pawed over. If you brought your own ketchup you could even add that! Unencumbered by full bellies we decided to go for a hike. Visibility up top was pretty rough. Staying in the trees helped a lot. We eventually opted for a Saddle run and more trees. Honestly, it's not as bad as it looks! It turned out to be far better day than I expected it we made it a long one. Sunday River 4/7/2019: 45-55 degrees. Sunny. Corn and slush. On the drive over to Sunday River the clouds were thick and dark. I was getting bummed out that we STILL weren't going to get a decent spring day. But by 10am the sun started breaking through and it got hot fast! The snow softened right up. The coverage is still amazing. Trails are edge to edge with virtually no bare spots and woods are still mostly all in play. We mostly opted for some classic spring bumps, with Shockwave being the mogul standout that it's known for. SR and even Cannon should be holding snow for a long time to come even after they shut down for 2019.
  8. Not much info - https://www.wmur.com/article/skier-dies-on-cannon-mountain-1/26767385
  9. Free the trees. Picture dump from 3/4
  10. Well got surprised by morning snow. Skiing was pretty good today. Parked at the zoomer chair and skied the front five that were in great carving shape. Hit lake view glade which was in pretty good shape. Also hit Echo which was not as good. more bare spots, rocks and roots. Whiskey towne had great coverage but hadn't been skied enough and had a crust on top. Then went to the top and all the groomers were skiing great with the best being Vista way. Profile had great snow on the edges. Skied global warming glade which was in great condition. Went over to Mittersill after lunch at the truck. The lift line and candyland were in good condition. The only issue was at the bottom were you cut back over to the lift. It was a little bare. Great fun day.
  11. Have a buddy who knows somebody on the inside at Cannon. Not supposed to spread this too much so dont share it anywhere else please Thoughts?
  12. Cold and dry yesterday. I decided to write off trees and ungroomed, brought only the frontside skis, and ran the groomed all day. Groomers were scratchy but still edgeable. An upside to a hard refreeze after rain is that the groomers can't develop ice moguls - it all just stays flat ice! [emoji38] I did one lap on middle Hard which was in better shape than I expected. It wouldn't surprise me if surfaces in the woods were in decent shape. Upper Hard, groomed. IDK if this is rare but it was my first time:
  13. Met an old ski buddy that I haven't seen in 20 years at the tram and got first tram. The wind was hollowing up through the notch in the parking lot. Got to the top and the wind was coming over the top of the mountain. Hit upper Cannon first. the top 100 feet was windblown ice but after that it skied okay. Skied off the cannonball all except Profile which did not look very pleasant and the glades. Everything except Skylight skied well mostly on the edge. Vista Way was the best out of them. Then headed down to the front the edge of zoomer was fine. Gary's was in okay shape. Polly's skied the best. Rocket was a little wind blown and Avalanche was a sheet of ice. I could only manage 2 turns on it so needless to say it was a fast trip down. My buddies knee was aching a little at this point so we took a break and then took an after break warm up run down lower Hard which actually had the best snow of the day on it. Went back to the top for a few runs which were not as good as the morning runs. Went in at the top and had a few beers. While in there it started to snow. Took a few more runs at the top but the falling snow didn't make it any better and his knee was aching a lot more so we skied back to the tram and called it quits at 2.
  14. Had a great 4 days of skiing at Cannon while staying at Mittersill. Sat 1/19 just took 4 runs at Mittersill side by myself. Conditions were good before the storm. Skied ridgeline/Skyline/Dragons drop, Barron's and Liftline twice. Then did over 10k of X-country skiing at Bretton Woods with the wife. Sun 1/20 - Powder and snowed all day. Started on the t-bar at mittersill with my 15 yo son as double was on hold. Then older son and wife met up with us and we all made our way to front 5 for a few runs then the cannonball opened (split with the wife as she didn't want to go to the top) and took some runs at the top and then headed down Kinsman to the tram. DJ's wasn't open yet but then it opened as we got to the Tram. It looked like mayhem. Body strewed out everywhere. The worst looked like just below the first tower. Decided not to do it and worked our way up the saddle instead and got shown the way down the backside (tuckerbrook) and back to the Mittersill village to have lunch and a few beers at the condo. We had fresh up and over my knees down through the river bed. After lunch (wife was done for the day)took a few runs at Mittersill and worked our way back to Cannon and to the top. Skied the top glades - go green and global warming which were incredible then finished out the day with another awesome run off the saddle back to Mittersill. Took a little different route and before the river bed cut right into the glades and hit the traverse closer to the road. Got out around 4:15. I want to thank the guys who showed us the way in and back. Mon - 1/21 - Wife stayed in as the cold and wind was pretty brutal. Cannonball and Peabody never opened but the tram was open to get you to the top. Took it some what easy for the day but did get first chair at Mittersill and skied lift line, candy land as well as skyline and baron's at mittersill before getting over to the front five and hitting up the tram (skied lost boys) . Skied until 2 and then decided to go in to the condo and have lunch and then called it a day. Tues 1//22 - Kids went home Monday night so the wife and I skied. I got out around 9:30 and I skied on Mittersill. She came out around 10:15. Hit the Mittersill, front five. The Cannon ball wasn't running but they opened the tram which I haven't seen open on a Tuesday in a long time. The wind was hollowing at the top so only did the one tram run and then a few runs on the Peabody which I never really take runsoff and just use a transportation to get to Cannonball and Zoomer. Went in for lunch then came back out and took 3 runs off the double and called it a day around 3:15.
  15. Partial wind holds in the morning combined with holiday crowds made for some of the longest lines I've ever seen at Cannon. Although now that I've seen some pics of the insane lines at other resorts, Cannon still was "relatively" uncrowded. By late morning the whole mountain was open and the crowds thinned out. The snowfall continued to increase throughout the day. It was easy to find untracked lines on trail and in the woods. I only pulled the camera out a few times... Sent from my XT1650 using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  16. Let the pictures do the talking Sent from my XT1650 using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  17. Great day once I got there with 2 of my sons and 1 of their friends. The drive was slow above exit 23. Started skiing around 9:20. Snow came down all day. Started at the top and got fresh on Profile. Hit vista way next and that was great as well. Skied upper Cannon and also lost boy glade and go green which both skied very well. Taft was in great shape in the morning as well. From Taft hit Hard scrabble which had some obstacles under the snow but mostly was fine. Back up the detachable skied the old lift line to skirt over to the front five. The snow on the front five was a little sticky in the morning so after taking only a couple of runs (zoomer lift line and zoomer) met up with some friends and headed over to Mittersill and ducked ropes to ski a powdery Cannonball but then made a mistake and went into the Golden Birches Glade which was very thin. No damage done. Skied Baron's and then had lunch. After Lunch went back to the top. The wind had picked up and visibility decrease so headed into Lost Boys and another run through Go Green to get out of the wind. Back to the front five and the snow had dried out as it had gotten colder. No ice but it got more powdery. Skied Whiskey towne and Echo glades the latter being the nicer of the 2. Was going to go back to the top for a top to bottom run to end the day but the cannonball was by then (3:15) was on windhold so ended up ending on lower hardscrabble into The Creek glade which skied nice onto Middle and out on Red Ball. A beer in the bar and then home to take my 2 race runs at Crotched.
  18. I have 2 vouchers that expire on 12/31. First come takes 'em. I have them in Lincoln, NH so available for pick-up tonight, tomorrow AM, or at Cannon 12/31 (can't promise what time I'll be there). Hate to see them go to waste.
  19. Ski Haus from Salem, NH and Burlington, MA is hosting a demo day at Cannon this Thursday, March 22, 2019. Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 that day. They'll have 2019 demo skis from: Atomic, Blizzard, Black Crows, Elan, K2, Nordica, DPS, Rossignol, Volkl, and Armada
  20. Great day at Cannon yesterday. Got there with my 14 year old son at 8:30 and it was -12 Could rally the wife or my other 2 teenage sons. I needed to use my Toys for tots vouchers (actually ended up giving 2 away to a woman and her family). Started out on the front five. The steeper ones (Paulies, Avalanche, Zoomer) were a little scratchy in spots. Gary, Rocket and banshee glade were nice. Made our way to the top and while very cold everything up there skied great. Vista way started out a little interesting but skiers left had fresh blow in. Wicked haard glades was a lot of fun. After lunch spent the rest of the day over at Mittersil which was great. Besides the racers on the t-bar there were no more than 5 or 6 other skiers over there. When we left at 3 it was -11 at the base.
  21. Good early season hardpack day at Cannon. Deadheadskier, Cannonballer, ABV, PuckIt and nice to meet and share turns with you LSRocket skied all open trails today. No lift lines, guns blasting upper mtn, good coverage. Canned food drive meant $27 Tix which was a nice value for the amt of available terrain. Colder than expected. And no sun made for a typical early season cannon day. The Snowmaking improvements they have done in the last 2 yrs are pretty remarkable. Cannon now has one of the best systems in NH and it shows. Snow is dry and deep I'd say trails of the day were Gary's and Tramway. The middle section off the Peabody was it's typical self Great crew as always and a very yummy zoomer bar lunch Sent from my [device_name] using http://Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  22. Getting a little late in the evening for a full trip report. But I thought this pic was funny and kinda tells the story. Zoomer opened today, but it shouldn't have. I was the first person on the chair for the season... and also the second person. Gary's and Rocket were open and were nothing but deadly frozen snowmaking whales. I was the only idiot to ski them. The rest of the mountain was fast windblown corduroy. I only had a few hours available before work, and that's all my face could have taken anyway on the hurricane force lift rides. Also funny in this pic is my choice of ski. Big Stix 110s @187cm were not the typical choice for these conditions. It wasn't an accident though.@Weatherman gave me these skis earlier in the season and I wanted to check them out. I figured it would be good to understand how they perform before I really wanted to get them on a good day. They turned out to be a blast on the hard pack. A little bit slow edge-to-edge but they have enough camber and are stiff enough to hold an edge on the hard pack and suck up the chatter. I think they will be fantastic in powder and crud. In hindsight I wish I had mounted them a little further forward. More tail would probably be welcome in pow/chow conditions. The Zoomer area (and whole Mtn) should be looking great by the weekend.
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