If Cannon was private, and I ran it!
Moving this subject from the Killington thread, and just dreaming. Cannon closed Sunday 4/16, as it is State run, and the year round employees are being moved to prepare for Summer operations in Franconia Notch State Park. However, it is my opinion that if it Cannon was privately owned by some Spring skiing fanatic, like me, it would be possible to stay open longer than the Big K. Here are my reasons for such an outlandish claim. First off, spring fed Echo Lake is the snowmaking water source, and I have had several employees of the mountain claim that it has much more available supply than they are currently utilizing. (They have even referred to it being unlimited?!?!) Secondly, the Cannonball lift accesses around 840 ft. of vert. between 3200' and 4040' above Sea Level. That is great elevation for retaining snow pack, like the '80s late skiing set up at Killington and Mount Ellen. Also making Cannonball and Profile, the main run it serves, superior to others is their Northern exposure, and consistent pitch. Thirdly, only 3 of the seven runs up there would need to be deeply covered to extend the season, using the Peabody Express lift to access the upper mountain. Additionally, there is a work-road to the bottom of Cannonball, which would allow skiers to be trucked up to it when the Profile run is all that is left with cover. Or the trucks could be used to ferry the skiers the short distance between the top of the Peabody and bottom of the Cannonball. Yes, I am dealing with the end of the season blues with a dream. I bury the Profile run with more snow than Superstar, and lay down the gauntlet with the Killington Ops folks, to see who can stay open longer. I wonder how much money I would lose!