For many Cannon Mountain skiers, Mittersill was known as the shuttered ski area, accessible from Cannon via a short hike and great for some backcountry-style turns.
That all changed in 2009 when the State of New Hampshire officially gained access to the Mittersill slopes. In 2010 a newly installed double chair restored lift-access skiing the area for the first time since 1984.
In 2014, FSC working in partnership with the Holderness School and the State of New Hampshire embarked on an $4 million improvement project aimed at making Mittersill into a world-class alpine training and racing venue. The project included trail widening, the installation of snowmaking to the area and the addition of the Valar T-Bar. By the time Phase 1 of the project was completed, the site had been named an official U.S. Ski Team Training site, the first of its kind on the East Coast.
In the two years since its official opening, the Mittersill venue has hosted numerous high-profile competitions including the 2017 NCAA Championships and the 2018 Eastern High School Championships. This season the venue will be in the national spotlight when it plays host to the 2019 US Ski & Snowboard Alpine Junior Nationals Super-G on March 27th and 28th. This event will be just one of three Super-G races being held on Baron's Run this winter, proving that Mittersill is one of the most versatile race arenas in the country.
Mittersill was designed to raise the bar for ski racing across the Eastern Region and these organizations have also enjoyed training time and camps at the venue:
The final element of the Mittersill project is the construction of the Mittersill Performance Center. The Center will be located at the bottom of the Taft Slalom slope and will offer a fantastic view of the Mittersill race courses. Fundraising for the MPC has begun with the goal of breaking ground on the site in 2019. The Center will become the new home of the Franconia Ski Club providing not only a place to boot up, but a space that more fully meets the needs of athletes to warm-up, watch training videos, and tune skis; essential activities for optimal performance. The building will be open to the public and is designed to be fully-accessible to all abilities.