The Ski Season in Photos #11

Hiking Mittersill at Cannon MountainMadPat Hikes Mittersill • Cannon Mtn • February 27, 2012

All season it seemed that eastern skiers were waiting for the start of winter. When temps got cold in early February, the pattern failed to deliver any significant precipitation. Finally, late in the month, forecasters predicted a coincidence of cold air and moisture.

In some ways, the first day of the Northeast Ski Blogger Summit in the White Mountains was a microcosm of the season.  We skied at Cannon and we worked for everything we got. We battled the weather and for our efforts we found pockets of satisfaction and natural snow.

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Wildcat, NH: Location, Location, Location

Wildcat Mountain is in a sweet spot in Pinkham Notch. Like all the ski areas in the valley, it has great views. It’s near the visitors center and across the street from Mount Washington. We stopped at VC for breakfast and then headed over to the Lodge.

Pinkham Notch Visitors Center

We started on the groomers, and at opening the cord was similar to what we found at Attitash yesterday — grippy and rippy. Flying along in front of a spectacular backdrop, groomed runs have a front row seat to some of the most beautiful and talked about views in the northeast.

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Attitash, NH: Groomers and Trees

I didn’t know what to expect from Attitash. I had a general sense that it was a tamer place than Cannon, and that we’d be skiing groomers, but beyond that, to me the mountain was an unknown.

View from Attitash NH.

Attitash Mountain Resort is two peaks: Attitash and Bear Peak. Bear Peak was added to the mountain in the 1990s, nearly doubling the size of the mountain. Since we were staying on the Bear side, we started our day on that peak riding the Flying Bear high speed quad.

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