Mittersill Terrain Improvement Project

View of the Mittersill Terrain Improvement Project, on Mittersill Mountain, from the summit of Bald Mountain in the New Hampshire White Mountains during the spring months. For the last few years, Cannon Mountain and Franconia Ski Club have been working on the Mittersill Terrain Improvement Project. The focus of this project is to create a world-class training and racing slope on Baron’s Run.
View of Mittersill Mountain – Franconia, New Hampshire
 

Mittersill Terrain Improvement Project – Over the last few years, Cannon Mountain and the Franconia Ski Club have been working on an improvement project to better the ski terrain on the Mittersill side of Cannon Mountain. The focus of the project is to create a world-class training and racing slope on Baron’s Run. Based on the little I know abut the project, it seems like it will benefit the ski area and the younger generation of skiers.

But not all are happy with this project and with the way Cannon Mountain operates. And great lengths are being taken to create the illusion that Cannon Mountain is a money sucking worthless enterprise that is costing New Hampshire taxpayers millions. Maybe it is time to consider building condos on Cannon Mountain (joking).

Closed trail sign (until summer 2017) at the start of the Mittersill-Cannon Hiking Trail on Mittersill Mountain in Franconia, New Hampshire. An ongoing trail improvement project is the reason why this hiking trail is closed.
Closed Until 2017 – Mittersill Cannon Trail, New Hampshire
 

In 2012, Senate Bill 217 was introduced to the New Hampshire legislature. The main focus of the bill was the leasing of the Cannon Mountain Ski Area, which essentially would have removed it from Franconia Notch State Park. Can you imagine the center piece of Franconia Notch not being part of the state park? The bill was a failure except the development of a hiking corridor on Mittersill was approved. But because of the ongoing construction, the hiking trail is currently closed (above).

Mittersill Mountain from Bald Mountain in the New Hampshire White Mountains. For the last few years, Cannon Mountain and Franconia Ski Club have been working on the Mittersill Terrain Improvement Project. The focus of this project is to create a world-class training and racing slope on Baron’s Run.
Mittersill Terrain Improvement Project – Franconia, New Hampshire
 

There also has been unsupported claims of environmental damage on Mittersill. And this is where I come into the picture. No matter what you are told or read on social media, I have no involvement with Cannon Mountain. And anyone who attempts to associate me or my business, directly or indirectly, with any issue on Cannon or Mittersill Mountain is flat out lying.

I reported to Forest Service, in my opinion, one of the more disturbing displays of conservation I have seen along the White Mountains trail system. And since doing this a young trail volunteer, who I do not know (Forest Service verified the name), has been on a crusade to destroy my name and business. This volunteer is making indirect false claims on social media that suggest I am part of a cover-up on Cannon Mountain. I ignore the backlash that comes with documenting environmental issues. But with social media being what it is I will protect the integrity of my business. I am not part of any cover-up on Cannon Mountain.

Panoramic of Cannon Mountain from Bald Mountain in the White Mountains of New Hampshire USA during the spring months. This image consists of seven images stitched together.
Cannon Mountain – Franconia, New Hampshire
 

At any rate, this project will benefit many generations to come. And in the 21st century, it is essential that we give the younger generation opportunities to pursue outdoor recreation, such as skiing, in the White Mountains region. Who knows, maybe this world-class training and racing slope will produce a few more Olympians.

If you are looking for more information about the Mittersill Terrain Improvement Project it is best to go straight to the source, Cannon Mountain’s website.

Happy image making..


 

Revised 2017

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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