Seasonal Kids Programs


2017/2018 Junior Development Program


Cannon Mountain’s Junior Development Program is designed for skiers and boarders who visit on a regular schedule. The program offers a progression, for skiers and riders age 3 – 15 years old, looking to develop their skills on all types of terrain and to maximize the recreational experience. Our dedicated instructors work diligently to create a fun and safe learning atmosphere that cultivates age appropriate social and athletic growth while providing individualized attention within a structured group format to foster a lifelonglove of snowsports.

*The last day to sign up for Junior Development for this season is January 15*


Starting December 16th this program will run for approximately 34 sessions during the season including both holiday vacation weeks, Christmas week* and Presidents’ week, plus Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in January. There is also an end of season BBQ for all participants in March. Programs are based out of the Brookside Learning Center at the Peabody Base Area, exit 34C from I-93. Classes run from 9:30am-12:30pm.
*The program will start the weekend of 12/16 & 12/17
*No programs 12/18-12/22
*Programs run 12/23
*No programs 12/24 & 25
*Programs run 12/26 - 12/31 and every weekend through March 10th with the final BBQ on March 11.

All Programs: $748 (lift ticket or season pass is required, not included in program fee)

Print & fill out the Seasonal Program Registration Form.
Send completed form with payment to: Cannon Mountain, Attn: Snowsports School, 260 Tramway Drive, Franconia NH 03580
Please check-in at the desk on your first day of programs to finalize registration.

Have another little one not quite ready for skis? Check out the Child Care Season Pass
Seasonal Ski & Snowboard Rentals now available! See Pricing.


POLAR BEARS (ages 3-4)   
The primary goal of this 2-hour class is to provide a fun and safe introduction to skiing.  By the end of the season, these young skiers should be able to confidently ski the whole lower mountain. All participants must be able to use the toilet independently.  This means no diapers or pull-ups.  Skiers must be three years of age prior to Dec. 15, 2015.  A copy of the child’s birth certificate must accompany registration/season pass paperwork.

ROCKIN’ ROBINS (ages 4-6)
Skiers in this group have a season or two of experience and are still gaining the skills to ski on all green terrain. The goal of the class is to expand the comfort zone of the skiers, while at the same time making them feel confident about skiing on blue terrain.

GREMLINS (Ages 4-6) 

The children in these groups are confident skiers on green and some blue terrain.  These classes are working toward linked parallel turns and strengthening skills so skiers can maneuver safely on more challenging trails. By the end of the season, these skiers will be skiing on some trails at the summit.

CHALLENGERS/TRAM RUNNERS (Ages 7-9)—Two groups according to age and ability.

These skiers are confident on blue terrain, working toward linked parallel turns on more challenging terrain and varied snow surfaces. Goals of the class include independence on the chairlifts and confidence on blue and black trails at Cannon.

BANSHEES (Ages 7-9)
SIDE CUTS (Ages 9-11)

Proficient and confident, these upper-intermediate level skiers are ready to challenge themselves. The goals of the classes include using the side cut of the skis to carve and exploring more advanced terrain.

BLASTERS (Ages 10-13)
Students in this group must be strong parallel skiers. The main focus of the class is to develop high levels of versatility, allowing the skiers to adapt to different skiing conditions.  Also, skiers learn to put finesse and efficiency into their skiing and to explore different ways of skiing on the same slope.

WINCH CATS (Ages 8-10) - Introductory Group
MOGUL MASTERS (Ages 10-15)—Two groups according to age and ability.

For strong parallel skiers who want to increase their exposure to more challenging terrain. The main goal is to develop short-radius parallel turns in the fall line on bumpy and tree-filled terrain.

CANNON RACING (Ages 6-15) – Three groups according to age.
Older children will focus on some gate training as well as drills specifically designed for serious racing. The younger children will be introduced to some gate training, recreational ski racing, and of course solid skiing skills.  Students in all three groups must have the experience and confidence to handle Cannon’s challenging terrain.

RAVENS—These boarders are beginners who have little or no experience.
BARONS—These boarders are all-mountain riders who can comfortably handle blue-square trails at Cannon.
Learn to push your skills forward on the whole mountain and in the park. We will learn and explore 360’s to the steeps and beyond!

Irv Fountain, Snowsports Director
Alysia Rourke, Junior Development Coordinator
(603) 823-7722 Ext.787