When you visit Franconia Notch State Park, Cannon Mountain and the Aerial Tramway, be sure to stop at the New England Ski Museum - free of cost and right at the base of the Aerial Tramway - Exit 34B on I-93. Open 10-5 daily from Memorial Day through the end of ski season in April.
Cannon Mountain is the only ski area in the United States with a ski museum on the premises!
• The New England Ski Museum collects, conserves, and exhibits elements of ski history for the purposes of research, education, and inspiration.
• The permanent exhibit is a chronology of the development of skiing from its prehistoric roots up until the advent of the shaped ski in the 1990s, and includes local aspects of ski history with national implications such as several important ‘firsts’ at Cannon Mountain, and the career of local ski racer Bode Miller.
• Each year the Museum researches and creates a new annual exhibit focusing on some aspect of ski history. Skiing in Tuckerman Ravine, the 10th Mountain Division and American Skiing, and the Olympic skiers of New England are some popular past topics.
• The New England Ski Museum Journal is sent free to Museum members four times a year and contains feature articles drawn from the annual exhibits. Copies are available free to visitors.
• Founded in 1977; the Museum opened in 1982 in a former vehicle maintenance building next to the Cannon Mountain Tramway in Franconia Notch State Park.
• A non-profit organization, the Museum is supported by over 1,500 members in 36 states and 11 countries, by several benefit ski races, and by sales from the Museum Shop, catalog and website.
• The Museum is governed by a Board of Directors drawn from all the New England states. There are 2 full time and 4 part time staffers.
• Over 30,000 people visit the Museum annually. Admission is always free.
• The Museum Shop features gifts for skiers such as vintage ski posters, books, apparel, postcards, ski jewelry, and ski films.