My Subaru — a 2017 Forester Premium — says a great deal about me. It’s utilitarian, with all-wheel drive, good gas mileage (30-plus), comfy seats, and plenty of room, especially headroom for my 6-foot-3 frame. It’s also fun, with a nice (but not exceptional) sound system, a big moonroof, and, most importantly, an increasingly rare six-speed manual transmission. Because I love to actually drive.
As a result, at the dealership, I walked right past a number of other swanky Subarus with all kinds of bells and whistles — Outbacks and Crosstreks and WRXs and other Foresters — to find mine.
That’s why my car reminds me of Cannon Mountain in upstate New Hampshire.
Unless you’re traveling east from St. Johnsbury, Vt., or dropping in from Bretton Woods, you’re more than likely driving north to Cannon. And if you’re motoring along I-93 to get to there, you’re going to pass a number of outstanding ski areas, most notably Waterville Valley and Loon. Just like me marching past a row of fine automobiles. To get to exactly the one I wanted. And that, in a nutshell, explains just how exceptional the skiing and riding is at Cannon, for the right person.