Cannon Mountain Ski Resort

Cannon Mountain Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of New Hampshire in USA. The resort is in the town of Franconia, NH. We recently ranked all of New Hampshire's ski resorts, so you can see where Cannon Mountain stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Cannon Mountain is a part of the INDY Ski Pass system. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the group.

Cannon Mountain Lodging:

Cannon Mountain Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Cannon Mountain has a total of 97 ski trails, which are serviced by 11 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Cannon Mountain is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 192 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 78 hectares, 0 square miles, or 1 square kilometers.

Cannon Mountain's slopes see on average 160 inches (63 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 13 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
192(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall
160"(63 cm)

Cannon Mountain Ski Resort Elevation

Cannon Mountain Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 4,080 feet, or 1,244 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 1,900 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 2,180 feet (664 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Cannon Mountain's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
4,080'(1,244 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
2,180'(664 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
1,900'(579 m)

Cannon Mountain Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
56.8out of 100
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Cannon Mountain's difficulty level of 56.8 is above average. 85% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level, which doesn't leave much for the beginners.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Cannon Mountain has 192 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Cannon Mountain's difficulty level is higher than average, which is because 52% of its ski trails are rated as intermediate, and another 33% as expert.
15%(29 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
52%(100 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
33%(63 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Cannon Mountain Ski Resort good for beginners?

Cannon Mountain is above average in its difficulty level, so... probably not? It will depend on which trails you take since only 67% of its trails rated for either beginner or intermediate skill levels.

Cannon Mountain Ski Resort Location

Cannon Mountain Ski Resort is located in the state of New Hampshire, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Franconia, NH.

Franconia, NH 03580 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
44.15000, -71.69000

Getting to Cannon Mountain Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Cannon Mountain Ski Resort), its coordinates of 44.15000, -71.69000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Franconia, NH to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Cannon Mountain Ski Resort.

Portland International JetportPWMPortland, ME77 mi
Logan International AirportBOSBoston, MA128 mi
Montreal / Pierre Elliott Trudeau International AirportYULMontréal, QC136 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Cannon Mountain.

Lebanon Municipal AirportLEBLebanon, NH47 mi
Burlington International AirportBTVBurlington, VT76 mi
Rutland - Southern Vermont Regional AirportRUTRutland, VT76 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Cannon Mountain Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Cannon Mountain Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Bretton WoodsBretton Woods, NH3,100 ft52%14 mi
Waterville ValleyWaterville Valley, NH4,004 ft49%16 mi
AttitashBartlett, NH2,350 ft51%24 mi
Wildcat MountainGorham, NH4,062 ft55%25 mi
Black MountainJackson, NH2,350 ft43%27 mi
Cranmore MountainNorth Conway, NH2,000 ft39%29 mi
Burke MountainEast Burke, VT3,267 ft60%31 mi
Loon MountainFreedom, NH3,050 ft50%41 mi
Shawnee PeakBridgton, ME1,700 ft42%44 mi
Ragged MountainAndover, NH2,250 ft42%47 mi
Sunday RiverBethel, ME3,140 ft55%49 mi
Mt. AbramGreenwood, ME2,001 ft38%51 mi
Suicide SixSouth Pomfret, VT1,200 ft36%52 mi
Mad River GlenMorrisville, VT3,637 ft59%52 mi
WhalebackEnfield, NH1,800 ft38%56 mi
SugarbushWarren, VT4,083 ft60%57 mi
Mount SunapeeNewbury, NH2,743 ft44%58 mi
Bolton ValleyRichmond, VT3,150 ft40%60 mi
Smuggler's NotchJeffersonville, VT3,640 ft59%61 mi
Pico MountainMendon, VT3,967 ft53%62 mi
KillingtonKillington, VT4,241 ft68%64 mi
Cochran Ski AreaRichmond, VT950 ft32%65 mi
Dartmouth SkiwayConcord, NH1,943 ft39%66 mi
Pats PeakHenniker, NH1,400 ft32%66 mi
Jay PeakJay, VT3,968 ft50%68 mi
Lost ValleyAuburn, ME495 ft39%70 mi
Owl's HeadMansonville, QC2,480 ft46%71 mi
Okemo MountainLudlow, VT3,344 ft52%72 mi
Mont SuttonSutton, QC3,175 ft41%79 mi
Mont Hatley (Montjoye), QC0 ft0%80 mi
Crotched MountainBennington, NH2,066 ft41%81 mi
Titcomb MountainFarmington, ME750 ft32%83 mi
Mont OrfordOrford, QC2,800 ft40%85 mi
Magic MountainLondonderry, VT2,850 ft52%85 mi
Mont Bellevue, QC1,089 ft11%86 mi
Black MountainRumford, ME2,150 ft44%87 mi
Bromley MountainPeru, VT3,284 ft42%89 mi
GunstockKingston, NH2,300 ft47%91 mi
BromontBromont, QC1,693 ft41%92 mi
Stratton MountainWinhall, VT3,875 ft45%93 mi

Cannon Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation4,080 ft
Base Elevation1,900 ft
Vertical Drop2,180 ft
(15% Beginner,  52% Intermediate,  33% Expert)
Skiable Acres192
Avg. Annual Snowfall160 inches
Cannon Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats