New Hampshire Governor Lynch put the first ceremonial shovel in the ground at Cannon Mountain’s Mittersill Expansion project on Friday, marking the official kickoff for the installation of a new double chairlift at the adjacent Mittersill Backcountry area. The State of New Hampshire and Cannon Mountain acquired the remaining piece of the abandoned Mittersill Ski Area in March 2009 from the US Forest Service through a land-swap and officially opened it as a backcountry skiing area. During the 2009-2010 winter season Cannon opened Mittersill when snow allowed and shuttled guests from the base back to the main ski area at Cannon, but Mittersill could only be accessed by a short hike up from the top of Cannon.
Governor Lynch breaks ground on the Mittersill Double Chair project – Photo by: Cannon Mountain
The installation of a new double chair at Mittersill represents Phase II of the redevelopment of Mittersill and will allow skiers and riders to access the terrain directly from the base, increase the amount of use and help drive visits to Cannon Mountain. The project was awarded to Doppelmayr CTEC, Inc. of Park City, UT.
“This project represents a significant piece of our three-year, $4M investment and improvement campaign and will certainly continue to fuel the excitement around all of the recent positive changes at Cannon Mountain. We’ve seen growth and increased revenue even in a challenging economy and the Mittersill lift replacement project will help continue that momentum.”, said John DeVivo, Cannon’s general manager.