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September 12, 2014 - Mittersill Terrain Improvement Project Underway


PRESS RELEASE

September 12, 2014
For Immediate Release

Contact:
Greg Keeler
Director of Marketing
Cannon Mountain
gregory.keeler@dred.nh.gov
603 823 8800 ext. 789

Mittersill Terrain Improvements at Cannon Mountain to be Fully Funded by Franconia Ski Club

Phase I of the Project Underway

FRANCONIA, N.H. - In a unique public-private partnership, Cannon Mountain and Franconia Ski Club have begun the first phase of planned trail improvements and enhancements for the Mittersill Terrain Area at Cannon. The trail improvement project involves enhancing and widening some existing trails at Mittersill and installing snowmaking lines in certain areas along with a new T-Bar surface lift.

The project was originally proposed by Franconia Ski Club to improve access for the general public and create additional ski race training opportunities. Franconia Ski Club will fully fund the project through fundraising; all assets and improvements will become property of the State of NH upon completion.

The primary focus of the project is the creation of an exciting, world-class public slope on Baron's Run, suitable for Super-G and Giant Slalom training and racing, along with the efficient and safe training slope on Taft Slalom, which will also serve as a very popular public trail. Phase I of the project, which is currently underway, involves widening and clearing of Baron's Run to a width of 50 meters. The current phase also includes the addition of a new snowmaking compressor that will add 28% more snowmaking capacity to Cannon's current snowmaking system. For the 2014-2015 winter season, all of the Mittersill terrain will remain completely natural, with snowmaking installation expected in Phase II.

Phase II, which is expected to be completed for the 2015-2016 winter season, will allow for increased access to the Mittersill terrain with the installation of new snowmaking lines on two primary routes and two secondary routes on the mountain. Currently, without snowmaking at Mittersill, the Double Chair and skiing terrain are only open when there is enough natural snowfall. Other major improvements for Phase II include the clearing and widening of the Taft Slalom training slope to 90 meters, a new 20 meter width connecting trail back to Baron's Run from the training slope, and a new T-bar for mid-mountain access and to service the Taft training slope. Snowmaking plans also include the popular Skyline and Ridge Run route. The balance of the Mittersill terrain will remain in its natural state for the foreseeable future, according to Cannon Mountain General Manager John DeVivo.

Franconia Ski Club has been fundraising the estimated $4 million needed to complete the entire project. The improvements at Mittersill will allow the club to train on a dedicated trail with T-bar lift service and up to four training lanes on the Taft Slope during predetermined timeframes. Baron's Run will also see limited training or racing. The T-Bar will be open to all skiers and riders, and is expected to run on weekends and holidays. As Franconia Ski Club's training efforts shift to the new venue, it will free up more space for the general public at Cannon on some of the more popular trails like Gary's, Rocket, Turnpike, Banshee, and Avalanche.

Cannon Mountain, located in Franconia Notch State Park, Franconia, NH is owned and operated by the State of New Hampshire, Division of Parks and Recreation. The ski area has 73 trails plus Mittersill Backcountry Area and 10 lifts, including the Mittersill Double Chair. SKI Magazine has again ranked Cannon one of the 20 best ski resorts in the East. For more information call 603-823-8800, email: info@cannonmt.com or log onto www.cannonmt.com or www.facebook.com/CannonMountain.


Franconia Ski Club, founded in 1933 and based at Cannon Mountain is one of the oldest ski racing organizations in the United States. The mission of FSC is to impart the joys of skiing and the life-long lessons of healthy competition to the children of its broad and open membership.
The club achieves its mission by providing thoughtful, caring and professional instruction in skiing and ski racing and by supporting and sponsoring all levels of NHARA and USSA Jr racing. More information: www.franconiaskiclub.com; 603-823-7106

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