Winter Uphill Skiing (Skinning) Policy
UPDATE: March 23, 2020
Please be safe! Snow conditions in Franconia Notch and at Cannon have been icy and unforgiving after several freeze-thaw cycles. Even with new snow, that can still present many dangers and unforeseen risks. Please know that if you choose to hike or skin (or participate in any other activity) at Cannon or in Franconia Notch at this time, you do so completely at your own risk. Cannon Mountain’s Patrol personnel are not on property, and any rescue required would involve significant delays and risk to our local emergency responders who’ve already been stretched thin by the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to practice social distancing and avoid unnecessary risks.
For the purposes of this policy, “skinning” shall refer to the practice of traveling uphill on skis while utilizing traction skins on the bases of one’s skis. This policy shall not allow for uphill hiking, snowshoeing, or any other means of uphill travel. Cannon Mountain is a ski & snowboard recreation area, thus self-powered uphill travel must include the use of skins on appropriate ski equipment. Those involved in the practice of skinning shall be referred to hereinafter as “skiers,” and are equally subject to the parameters of CHAPTER 225-A SKIERS, SKI AREA AND PASSENGER TRAMWAY SAFETY Section 225-A:24 as such.
Said skinners (skiers) shall be responsible for understanding and following CHAPTER 225-A
SKIERS, SKI AREA AND PASSENGER TRAMWAY SAFETY Section 225-A:24 and the “Responsibility Code,” as set forth by National Ski Areas Association (NSAA).
This shall be a paid activity, with a $19 “Skinning” ticket available at the window / desk at Notchview Lodge. Said payment shall be valid for one full day of skinning (on that date only), and shall include uphill access on the prescribed route ONLY and downhill access on any open route, but shall not include any lift access. Current Cannon Mountain Season Pass Holders shall be exempt from payment of the daily rate.
LAST TICKET SOLD/LAST TRIP UP - 3pm
We stop selling skinning tickets and stop permitting uphill traffic by passholders at 3pm.
No matter when you purchase your ticket or start an uphill climb, if patrol encounters you during sweep after the mountain closes, you will be required to turn around and ski down.
Skinning shall occur ONLY during normal hours of operation, while lifts are turning at Cannon Mountain (8:30 AM – 4:00 PM during weekend / holiday periods and 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM during midweek / non-holiday periods) and when the designated route is considered "open" for normal ski area operations. Off-hours access to Cannon’s slopes is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Skinning and grooming/snowmaking at night do not mix and those that do, jeopardize the entire program and risk serious injury.
The prescribed skinning route shall be (from the bottom up):
Lower Ravine to…Middle Ravine to…Upper Ravine to…The first (lowest) entry onto Taft Slalom…Taft Slalom to the summit of Cannon Mountain and shall be marked as such on the “Downhill Skier’s Left” side of the trails in question, utilizing a small sign mounted on bamboo and/or PVC and set well out of the travel area on the trails in question. Skinners shall travel on the “Downhill Skier’s Left” (Skinner’s right) during the entire uphill trek.
Any open route may be used for downhill traffic, but the skinner must utilize only the prescribed uphill route each time.