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Slopeside with Nick Borelli: Cannon Mountain

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FRANCONIA, N.H. -

The mountains have so much snow that conditions are more like mid-winter. This week on Slopeside we're heading to the Granite State, and checking out Cannon Mountain.

"Why wouldn't you be here today? It's beautiful and sunny and I love Cannon," said Donna Reusch from Sterling, Mass.

Reusch has visited Cannon Mountain about 15 times so far this season. For her, the sunshine, light winds and recent snow are a winning combination.

"Today was the best day," said Reusch.

Last week Cannon Mountain racked up about 32 inches of snow. The bases are deep, and Mother Nature is trying to keep ski season going a while longer.

Despite the sunshine and blue skies temperatures are pretty cold out. They are expected to remain below normal for the next couple of weeks, at least; that means that the big base of snow that's developed isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

With the cold temps, especially during the morning, an extra layer is still a good idea. Brian Maynerd, from Nashua, N.H., keeps his face warm the natural way. He hasn't used a razor in decades.

Maynerd: I hated shaving. I just stopped.

Reporter Nick Borelli: I bet on those cold January days it helps keep you warm.

Mayner: I never wear a face mask.

Face mask or not, the chilly temperatures are preserving mid-winter conditions. A few turns into a trail and you quickly find out that snow surfaces are firm and full of packed powder.

Skiers have no complaints.

"They're perfect. You don't get much better when it comes to carveable," said Ryan Kephart from Gilford, N.H.

"Excellent! The best. I mean this is, you couldn't get better skiing than today. Cause it's a bluebird day and conditions are excellent," said Reusch.

The bluebird skies are showing off the views that Cannon has to offer. Visibility was around 100 miles Tuesday!

Cannon Mountain is a state park surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest. This provides a pretty unique perspective.

"So that means when you're at the top, at the observation tower, you don't see anything but forests really, said Greg Keeler from Cannon Mountain.

Forests and some killer panoramic views. Looking around, there are a lot of familiar sights in the distance.

Borelli: You can see all sorts of ski areas. Can you point out a few?

Keeler: To the Northwest is Willoughby Gap. We can certainly see all of our Vermont friends like Jay Peak straight out there. Then we can see Mount Mansfield a little further down, all capped in white.

But that's not all.

"Over there you can see Sugarbush, and you can even see Killington on a day like today," said Keeler.

The spectacular views coupled with mid-winter conditions and March sunshine, it's a skier's delight.

Some of the delighted have a little advice, too.

"Go skiing. It's fun," said Reusch.

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