A crowd-favorite for decades, Cannon feels perfectly balanced between a stunning natural environment within the pristine confines of Franconia State Park, and an active base lodge with plenty of places for families to unwind and have fun. Of course, the real appeal is the variety of trails on offer here. Over 70 trails include plenty of black diamonds leading off from the 4,000-foot peak — the highest in the Whites. For families, the resort features a smaller ski area separate from the main mountain, with more than a dozen beginner and intermediate trails, and a more relaxed vibe that sets it apart. The onsite ski school offers lessons in the area for kids ages 4 to 12. These classes tend to be cheaper than at other nearby mountains, and multi-day discounts are available. Throughout the winter, Saturday nights are “family nights,” with night skiing under the lights, and movies, magicians, and other performers in the lodge. The fun doesn’t stop when the snow does. Cannon’s Aerial Tramway runs throughout the year, offering breathtaking views of the Franconia Range and surrounding peaks.