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Slopeside with Nick Borelli: Cannon Mountain - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Slopeside with Nick Borelli: Cannon Mountain

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FRANCONIA, N.H. -

Many skiers and riders will tell you that one of the best parts about venturing into the mountains is the view. Cannon Mountain does not disappoint.

"I think what sets Cannon apart is one thing: it's definitely the scenery here. We're a state park, we're surrounded by mountains. You're not gonna see a whole lot of development pretty much anywhere from Cannon. You can see all the way to Canada on clear days," said Greg Keeler of Cannon Mountain.

Skiers and riders are not only enjoying stellar views at Cannon, but also some great skiing surfaces.

"Beautiful, beautiful," said John Mackay of Virginia Beach, Va. "We were here yesterday when it started snowing and had to come back for more. It's awesome, this is a great mountain."

Unfortunately, Mother Nature is throwing yet another bout of warmer temperatures at us. Cannon has prepared for the mild weather by making lots of snow. Now, the big piles will be allowed to stand and drain for a few days after the mild weather ends. And then they'll be all spread out. Cannon hopes that this tactic will make for pleasant skiing and riding, soon after the thaw.

The people we spoke with are feeling optimistic.

"There would have to be a significant amount of rain to hurt them at this point, I think. It just seems kind of ironic. We go from 0 to 50 in four days. But if you don't like the weather just wait 15 minutes in New England," said Timothy Johnson of Worcester, Mass.

We won't have to wait long for more seasonable weather to return. Temperatures will once again support more snowmaking late this week. And even if conditions take some time to bounce back from the mild weather, people will still be on the slopes having fun. That's what skiing and boarding are all about.

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