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August 18, 2010 Cannon Mountain to Host Mittersill Groundbreaking Ceremony - August 20

Mittersill Double Chair Groundbreaking to be held August 20
Governor Lynch Expected to Attend

Governor Lynch will put the first ceremonial shovel in the ground at Cannon Mountain's Mittersill Expansion project on August 20 at 9:30am. The project involves the installation of a new double chairlift at the adjacent Mittersill Backcountry area. The State of New Hampshire and Cannon Mountain acquired the remaining piece of the abandoned Mittersill Ski Area in March, 2009 from the US Forest Service through a land-swap and officially opened it as a backcountry skiing area. During the 2009-2010 winter season Cannon opened Mittersill when snow allowed and shuttled guests from the base back to the main ski area at Cannon, but Mittersill could only be accessed by a short hike up from the top of Cannon.

The installation of a new double chair at Mittersill represents Phase II of the redevelopment of Mittersill and will allow skiers and riders to access the terrain directly from the base, increase the amount of use and help drive visits to Cannon Mountain. The project was awarded to Doppelmayr CTEC, Inc. of Park City, UT.

"This project represents a significant piece of our three-year, $4Mil investment and improvement campaign and will certainly continue to fuel the excitement around all of the recent positive changes at Cannon Mountain. We've seen growth and increased revenue even in a challenging economy and the Mittersill lift replacement project will help continue that momentum.", said John DeVivo, Cannon's general manager.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the base of Mittersill, located off Ext 34C on I-93, just north of Cannon's main base area on Route 18. The ceremony is open to the public and will begin at 9:30am with remarks from Governor Lynch. The Governor will also be presented with an official Mittersill flag from the Mayor of Mittersill, Austria to signify the rebirth of the ski area.

CANNON MOUNTAIN is located off I-93 in Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire. The Cannon Mountain Tramway (for advanced skiers/snowboarders) and New England Ski Museum are located at Exit 34B, while the Peabody Base Lodge and Tuckerbrook Family Area are located at Exit 34C. Cannon Mountain has 72 trails, 10 lifts and terrain for all ability levels. Cannon has the longest vertical drop and the highest lift-served terrain in New Hampshire, and boasts the state's only aerial tramway.

For more information, contact Greg Keeler, director of sales & marketing, Cannon Mountain & Franconia Notch State Park, at (603) 823-7722 ext. 758. Online, visit or

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