Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire
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One of the last community-owned resorts in the country, Cannon is a low-key mountain off the national radar. Its iconic red tram delivers 80 skiers at a time to 23 miles of trails over more than 2,000 vertical feet. If you feel hemmed in, visit 86 acres of lift-accessed backcountry at the adjacent, and now defunct, Mittersill resort – one of the greatest powder stashes in the East.