Known for its long tradition of producing competitive alpine racers, the Mittersill training facility just took another giant step forward. In October 2014, the Mittersill Race and Training Slopes at Cannon Mountain Ski Area became a designated training site for the US Ski Team. This project is the stunning result of a public/private partnership between the state of New Hampshire, Franconia Ski Club
, and Holderness School.
The redeveloped venue is comprised of two legendary Mittersill trails. Baron’s Run will be the speed venue for super G and giant slalom. The Taft Slope will have an adjacent T-bar and offer high efficiency slalom and giant slalom training. When on-snow training begins in 2016, Mittersill will be just one of four USSA training sites, joining ski areas in Idaho, Colorado, and California. It will also be the primary training venue for the Holderness School Eastern Alpine Team
The ski runs on the mountain shared by Cannon and Mittersill date back to 1933. While Mittersill closed in 1984, a partnership with the State of New Hampshire and the U.S. Forest Service, resulted in its rebirth in the 2009-10 season with a new chairlift added a year later. Past Olympians like Joan Hannah, Julia Ford ’08, and Bode Miller maintain close connections to the 80-year-old Franconia Ski Club and Cannon Mountain, which organized the first World Cup held in North America in 1967.