First Timer's Guide to Cannon
Before You Arrive
Be prepared with proper clothing, equipment & essentials
The two most important layers are the ones closest to your skin and the one on the outside. The best underlayers are absorbent and "wick" perspiration away from your skin. The outermost layer, including pants, should be wind and water resistant (cotton clothes such as jeans and sweatpants absorb water, making you wet & cold) You'll also need warm, weather resistant gloves/mittens, warm socks (wool or synthetic), a neck warmer and a hat or helmet. For children, as well as adults, the best way to stay warm is to dress in layers. As conditions and weather change, you'll want the option to add or remove layers to adjust to temperature.
Proper Eye & Skin Protection
Infrared and ultraviolet rays can be extremely harmful to your eyes, especially at higher altitudes. Snow also reflects sun rays, making them even more intense. Sunscreen and SPF lipbalm are always recommended to prevent sun damage to your skin. Good quality sunglasses and goggles are an important investment. Wind, blowing snow, cold, rain or fog can be very uncomfortable on your eyes. Always bring both sunglasses and goggles with you as weather changes rapidly in the mountains.
Ski & Snowboard Equipment
It is very important to get boots that fit. Boots should allow you to wiggle your toes a little but not move your foot around. Skis and snowboards must have steel edges, ski brakes, runaway straps or snowboard leashes. Have ski bindings safety checked and adjusted to your boot at an accredited sport shop. Our Repair Shop offers this service and if you don't have your own Ski or Snowboard Equipment, you can rent it in our Rental Shop. Both are located slopeside in the Peabody Lodge.
The National Ski Areas Association recommends that skiers and snowboarders make the right choice about wearing a helmet. Ultimately, whether to wear a helmet is personal or parental choice - it's up to you to educate yourself about their benefits and limitations. The best helmets are light, comfortable, warm and allow you to see and hear clearly. Helmets are available to rent in our Rental Shop or purchase in Cannon Sports Shop.
Food & Water
Sun, wind, perspiration and altitude rob your body of fluids and you can become dehydrated long before you even feel thirsty. Stop frequently for water or carry some with you. A healthy breakfast and lunch are very important for a good day on the slopes and always carry snacks with you to refuel your body throughout the day. You can also find food & drink options at one of our establishments on the mountain here.
When You Arrive
It's easy to get to Cannon - access directly from I-93 from the north, or south
Once you have reached Franconia Notch State Park, I-93, take Exit 34C. Turn onto Route 18 and drive to the Main Base Area.
Dropoff / Pickup
Located in the main lot in front of Notchview Lodge / Guest Services. There is a large pull through area where you can unload your family & gear before you park. Parking attendants will guide you where to park.
Get here early
The earlier you arrive, the closer you will park to the lodges & slopes and there are more options for gear storage in the lodges, shorter lines at the Ticket Windows, Cafeteria, Rental Shop and Learning Center.
There is seating, lockers & cubbies upstairs in the Notchview Lodge. Seating, lockers & cubbies are also available in both rooms downstairs in the Peabody Lodge. Seating and storage racks available upstairs in Peabody Lodge. Coolers and picnic lunches are not allowed upstairs in the cafeteria area of Peabody Lodge or the Cannonball Pub.
Finding your way around
In the Main Base Area & Mittersill, Exit 34C
Tickets, Guest Services, Lost & Found, Season Passes, Retail Shop, Cafe, First Aid, Seating, Restrooms
Equipment Rentals, Tuning Center, Main Food Court, Cannonball Pub, Seating, Restrooms
Brookside Learning Center:
Mittersill Warming Hut:
Seating, Outdoor Restrooms
At the Aerial Tramway, Exit 34B
Tram Base Lodge:
Tickets, General Store w/ food, Seating, Restrooms
Tram Summit Lodge:
Cafeteria, Bar, Seating, Restroom
New England Ski Museum
Gift Shop & Museum