Aerial Tram – Cannon Mountain, NH

Bottom terminal building with motor room below.
View up the line from the base.
Top dock and terminal building.
Yellow tram car with the White Mountains in the background.
Yellow tram car passes tower 2.
Top terminal building.
Top platform with car 2 docked.
Car 2 leaving the summit.
Tower 1.
Top terminal track rope bollards.

21 thoughts on “Aerial Tram – Cannon Mountain, NH

  1. Cooper May 11, 2017 / 4:34 pm

    You spelled “Top” wrong on the top dock picture.


  2. carletongebhardt July 24, 2021 / 9:54 am

    From a skier’s perspective, if they are talking about replacement, a gondola would be a better choice to move more skiers. As it is, they only run the Tram Friday through Monday (at least pre-Covid) – and they close it by mid-March, even though the skiing goes unitl mid-April. Presumably due to the cost of running it. But from a tourism perspective the Tram has a special attraction and separates it from the two mountains nearby that already have sightseeing gondola rides (Loon and Bretton Woods). I don’t imagine that a newer Tram would be significantly less costly to operate, that they might keep it open in the winter more often?


  3. DBER February 3, 2022 / 11:39 am

    I wrote this somewhere else also, but I’d love to see a gondola replacement. For the cost of a new tram, they may be able to do something flashy like a 3S…who knows until they get some quotes. I think the scenery & location are what sets Cannon apart from Loon/BW personally, not really the tram vs. gondola.

    A gondola on this path with full-time operation would be a real game-changer for the skier experience…I’m drooling thinking of midweek, top-to-bottom laps.


    • Tyler Baroody November 27, 2022 / 6:13 pm

      The tram gets you to the top in eight minutes, at the usual 4 m/s, although it can make it up to 10, it is run slower due to cost. A gondy isn’t much faster, especially compared to the 4m 49s (I got that from the history book on Cannon) that it can manage.


  4. Dave Bugbee June 12, 2022 / 2:23 pm

    Keep the tram. It is part of what makes Cannon unique and the “Living Legend’ Bedbug NH


    • Tyler Baroody August 10, 2022 / 9:13 am

      Keeping the Tram would continue the 84 year Cannon tradition of “wonderful inefficiency,” something that the late SKI Magazine wrote.

      I believe that the conclusion that the State came to was to fully replace the Tram II with a Doppelmayr-Garaventa machine.


      • carletongebhardt August 10, 2022 / 3:56 pm

        I know that was the proposal – but has there been any confirmation of plans since the meeting? I haven’t seen anything. I know that they were planning to use ARPA money (Covid relief) – and after this was proposed, there have have been other ski projects trying to use ARPA money that ended up being questioned in the press and by pols…. NH is a republican state – so I could see it running into opposition there.


  5. carletongebhardt July 23, 2022 / 10:52 am

    The original tram terminal buildings are the wood structures directly adjacent to the new terminal buildings in the photos. So when you are waiting in line, at the bottom, you are standing in the building where the old tram cars would come in.


    • Tyler Baroody August 10, 2022 / 9:07 am

      All of the Tram I tower footings remain, and for every removed tower, one of the four footings still has a piece of vintage tower sticking out of it. Tower 1 was slightly downhill from the present tower. Sadly, when it was removed, the old motor room was demolished, leaving the section of the building with the docks as a waiting area with some new steel bracing. The original Mountain Station still has the machinery still in place, according to the Tram operators. See it here, new:

      More footage:

      Similar Bliechert lifts remain operational in Spain, Germany, and Norway:


      • Tyler Baroody August 10, 2022 / 9:08 am

        My apologies, I misspelled “Bleichert”


  6. liftnerd December 27, 2022 / 11:43 am

    This season, it is running Friday-Sunday.


    • ShangRei Garrett January 27, 2023 / 9:35 pm

      To preserve it for longer (reduce wear and tear), not enough staff, save money, or for some other reason?


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