New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is backing a bill that would dedicate $25 million toward replacing the state’s 42-year-old Cannon Mountain aerial tramway. His support comes with a bit of a catch.
In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee earlier this week, Sununu wrote that he urged the committee to “consider all options and alternatives including the installation of an 8-10 person gondola that carries numerous benefits” in lieu of the iconic tram.
“In addition to the savings on construction cost, a gondola would increase revenue, through its ability to bring customers to the summit faster, as well as create a more secure customer experience,” Sununu wrote. “Visitors may feel more comfortable in a gondola with 8-to-10 people rather than a tramway car with 70-to-100 people during the height of respiratory illness season in the winter months.”
On the latest Basecamp podcast, Cannon Mountain general manager John DeVivo discussed the importance of Cannon’s most-defining characteristic.