There is a rich legacy of tourism and recreation on the site of what is today the base of the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway. From 1853 to 1923, this was the location of The Profile House, a luxury resort named after a rock outcropping known as “The Profile,” “The Great Stone Face” and “The Old Man of the Mountain.” The Profile House was destroyed by fire in 1923 and the resort’s 6,000 acres were eventually sold to the state.
In 1938, the state completed construction of the nation’s first aerial tramway here, a concept borrowed from Europe to fan the growth of skiing as an industry and draw additional tourism to the region in the summer. Today, the tramway runs in its second generation with two cars each capable of carrying 80 passengers to the summit. As you ride up, keep your eyes open for peregrine falcons that nest on the mountain’s cliffs. The New England Ski Museum is fittingly located at the base of Cannon Mountain. There is also an Old Man of the Mountain Museum dedicated to the famous state icon that fell from Cannon Mountain in 2003.
Directions to Next Site:
From the height of Cannon Mountain, The Weeks Act Legacy Trail follows the headwaters of the Pemigewasset River south to another of Franconia Notch’s spectacular natural wonders. Drive the Franconia Notch Parkway south to exit 34A to find The Flume Gorge Visitor Center.