It should come as little surprise that the only state-run ski area among the big dogs is the one with the lowest annual capital investment creating value for skiers and boarders, but for the hard core Big Dogs, well it just doesn’t seem to matter because Cannon has its own unique appeal that makes it one of a kind despite the budgetary shortcomings.
To begin with, the Tramway is just plain awesome and worth the trip in and of itself. A Tram ride to the summit of Cannon introduces a passenger to the winter wonderland of Rime Ice covered trees. Rime ice is a white ice that forms when the water droplets in fog freeze to the outer surfaces of objects. It is often seen on trees atop the highest mountains in winter, when low-hanging clouds cause freezing fog. This fog freezes to the windward (wind-facing) side of tree branches, buildings, or any other solid objects. Now and then you’ll find this winter wonderland on other NH Ski summits but Cannon has it virtually all of the time in winter and the effect is truly stunning.
As for the skiing and boarding, when the snow is good, Cannon just can’t be beat. When the snow is not, well we suggest spending your ticket money elsewhere because the trails can get pretty icy and grooming at Cannon doesn’t come close to the quality of a Bretton Woods or Loon and Waterville - all of which are close by an offer an alternative to a skier staying at any of the great inns or hotels and motels in the area.