Long dubbed a skier’s mountain and once boasting the logo “Burn your boots off,” Cannon Mountain has held a reputation for being a tough, cold mountain for hardy, advanced skiers.
But the Cannon Mountain Snowsports School, along with an ideal and unique learning area, brings a different perspective, allowing skiers of all ages and abilities to learn and practice in a non-intimidating, relaxing environment and enjoy the very varied and special terrain this mountain has to offer.
The school’s beginnings go back to 1949 as Franconia Ski School, headed by two wellknown ski figures, Swiss national team member Paul Valar and his wife, U.S. Olympian Paula Kahn Valar. Today, the Snowsports School at Cannon Mountain, under the direction of Irv Fountain, has a staff of about 100 ski instructors and 20 snowboard instructors.
Their certifications, through Professional Ski Instructors of America, range from national team members to Level 1-certified instructors to new trainees. All are trained to offer their students the most up-to-date techniques suited to students’ abilities and skill levels.