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“Cannon Aerial Tramway”, “Franconia Notch State Park”, New Hampshire — June 11, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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Teischan and I took this in on Monday afternoon, June 11, 2018, after we had done the ‘The Flume‘. We actually got the combined ‘Discovery Ticket‘ that included both attractions. They are, however, not close together, the ‘Aerial Tramway’ about 5 miles to the north of ‘The Flume’.

It was a BLAST. We lucked out with the weather. Near perfect visibility of around 72 miles (according to the tramway operators). It was spectacular. The vistas were just magnificent.

Though she is a skier this was Teischan’s first time in a ‘big’ cable car. She liked it. As a veteran of Italian alp skiing I have been on bigger cable cars that went to much greater heights. But, this is the first time I have gone up a ski resort in Summer. It was fun. So much so that I will do it again.

Highly recommended — especially if the weather is good. We lucked out in that it was a Monday before the Summer rush. We were told that it can get very busy and crowded. That probably won’t be as much fun.


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2018 Winter Storm ‘Liam’ — Fair Amount Of Fluffy Snow.

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Snowed from around 11am on Wednesday well into Wednesday night, maybe stopping around 8pm. The three of us went out and shoveled for 45 minutes from 4:30pm to 5:15pm. But there was an 1″ or more of snow over where we had cleared by the time the snow finished. Light fluffy snow. Not too had to remove.

Took the dogs out for a walk in the snow this morning. Sun was out, in force. It was quite pretty and not too cold. First Thursday in a month that I was not skiing.

I then shoveled non-stop for an hour. Got the main part of the drive down to the asphalt. That is always a good feeling.

So, that was “Liam“.

Next is “Mateo” — that might be TONIGHT, i.e., Friday night. Supposed to be a small one.


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6 Sony a6000 Images Of The Day — December 8, 2016.

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I was back at Gunstock, Gilford, New Hampshire
again, this time to pick up Teischan’s skis & boots.

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November 14, 2016 Super, Supermoon — Actual Pictures From New Hampshire.

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November 2016 Super, Supermoon — Actual Pictures (Sunday, Nov. 13).

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6 Nikon P900 Images Of The Day — November 12, 2016.

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We went to “Gunstock Ski Resort“,
Gilford, New Hampshire,
to lease some ski equipment for Teischan.

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Kudos To Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford (N.H.) For Their FREE Ski Binding Adjustment For Non-Rental Skis

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P1090427Devanee has been skiing on a regular basis for the last few years. I think I got her started at Gunstock many years ago, but of late she goes with the school — and weather permitting, in April, I will take her with me for the day (given that in my old age I really have become a confirmed warm weather skier).

She likes her skiing, which is good, though she still hasn’t got to the point of skiing like a ‘Guruge‘.

I used to get her to rent her stuff. But, with her skiing more and more the economics of this was getting debatable. So in early December we went to a ski sale in Wolfeboro, at the Kingswood School, and bought her skis, boots and a helmet. Since I am anxious that she starts skiing like a ‘Guruge‘ as soon as possible I got her a pair of rather aggressive, heavily-waisted Völkl racing skis with decent Marker bindings. She, being the young lady she is, chose the boots — more for the looks and comfort rather than performance.

That is me in the Green, at Loon, last March.

She had her first ski outing, with the school, yesterday. So on Tuesday I realized that I had to get the bindings taken care of. I didn’t want to mess with them because if she broke her ankle Deanna would be convinced that it was because I hadn’t adjusted the bindings right. Plus despite my obsession, in years past, with skiing, I never used to do my own bindings. So, we needed to find a place to get the bindings done.

I thought that we would start with Gunstock, given that they do have a ski shop. I was, of course, willing to pay for the service.

But, it was FREE. That was pretty cool. I was impressed. Bravo, Gunstock.

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New Year’s Eve Events (‘First Night’) At New Hampshire Ski Resorts: Gunstock, Waterville Valley & Loon

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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We Went Skiing At Loon, Lincoln, NH This Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2013. It Was Good.

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Some Related Posts:
1. Gunstock, NH vs. Cervino, Italy — Jan. 18, 2013.
2. Aerial Panorama Of A True Alpine Ski Resort … — Jan. 11, 2013.
3. FREE Ski & Snowboarding Lessons in NH … — Jan. 4, 2013.


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I am in the florescent green. The logic is that you might be able to see me under the snow if I ever get buried.


Devanee has the pink scarf.




This is pretty striking panorama taken by Deanna. You have to click on it to see it in its full glory.



I don’t ski much anymore. A major departure from prior to turning 50. Coming from a tropical island I got into skiing late. 1977, methinks. I was 23, approaching 24. Went to Italy for a week — as a chaperon for a group of 60 kids. Learned to ski that week. Day 1 I knew that this was my sport. Fell 18 times, on the trot, trying to use my first tow lift. [They don’t have them much here]. 19th time was the charm. You couldn’t get me off the slope.

I used to ski a lot. Evening and even dry ski slopes. But, now I am a warm weather, 1/2 day skier. It has to be close to 32°F before I will think about it. So these days I only ski in March. This was March and Devanee had been going skiing at Gunstock. She wanted to go skiing with me. Hence this jaunt to Loon.

Deanna found that now, late season, Loon has a flat, $29 (for all ages), Sunday afternoon lift ticket. Checked the weather. It was just around the magic 32°F. So we planned to spend St. Patrick’s at Loon.

I had bought stuff from them before, but I had never rented from Lahouts — who are on the main drag, on the way to Loon. I had heard good things about them. We stopped. It was quick and cheap. $20 for my skis and sticks (I had forgotten to load my pistol-grip ones) and the same for Deavanne’s skis and boots. She doesn’t use sticks — as yet. So $40 for rentals. They said that we saved $40 over Loon. Could be. They gave us Salomon skis, the new, shaped one. They put me in 165 cm. [I used to ski 215 cm with the non-shaped ones.] Truth be said, I was not impressed with the Salomon’s. They were OK. They were stable. Very forgiving. Allowed me to easily recover from my one near fall. But, they were also not ‘active’ at all; i.e., responsive. They were like old skis. You had to work to make them turn. That is OK. That is how it was. I know how to do it. But, as I get older I appreciate the new skis that reduce the amount of work you have to do. A few years ago, at Gunstock, I rented a pair of HEAD (Bys) XL 163. Best skis I have ever skied on. Magic. You just had to think. It was like ESP. The Salomon’s weren’t a patch on these.

We got the $29 tickets. So the 1/2 skiing at Loon, without crowds, cost $98 for Devanee and I.

That was good. It wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty close to it. The wind picked up and it started to get cold around 3:15. But, no crowds, no lift lines. It was good. Around 3:15 we got to ski ‘Lower Walking Boss’, my favorite slope at Loon, twice, with nobody else. I have had that before, because I have skied Loon on Sundays. Having that wide slope all to yourself is pretty special.

It was a good day. We stopped around 3:30. My legs had had it and it was cold. In my old age I now know when to stop. Most serious skiing injuries happen late in the day when you are skiing on tired legs.

So it was fun. We took the scenic way back, via Campton and Squam.

The only thing that distressed me was the food prices at Loon! $7.59 (or thereabouts) for a hamburger. That is not right. That is exploitation.

Gunstock, NH Ski Area, In Terms Of Trails, Compared And Contrasted, To Cervino, Italy.

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Two related posts:
1. Aerial Panorama Of A True Alpine Ski Resort … — Jan. 11, 2013.
2. FREE Ski & Snowboarding Lessons in NH … — Jan. 4, 2013.


In the January 11 post I talked about ‘Cervino’ ski resort in Italy, on the side of Mount Matterhorn and the 16 mile ski trail that they used to have. Deanna took Devanee for her free ski boarding lesson at Gunstock on Tuesday and came home with a nice picture of the Gunstock ski trails. Now I know it is NOT a fair comparison, very much chalk to cheese. But, this might explain why it took me quite a few years to get used to NH ski resorts and during that time I would ONLY ski Loon, Waterville Valley or Bretton Woods; Loon my favorite.

So here is Gunstock (which I have now come to like quite a bit, my legs not up to 7 hours of vigorous skiing a day).

Ski trail map Gunstock, NH

Click to ENLARGE. Trail map of Gunstock 2013 — taken by Deanna this week.


So now to Cervino. I found this online. Not sure how good it is. The 16 mile trail that I used to do, every morning during the week I would go there for, is on the right, at the top … looping down, all the way to the village. Now that I see it on the map, I remember ‘Plateau Rosa‘. Notice, that they don’t make much snow in Cervino.

Trail map Cervino, Italy.

Cervino, Italy.