FRANCONIA, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire ski program and Cannon Mountain announced Thursday a partnership that makes Cannon Mountain the official home mountain for the Wildcats alpine skiing team for the 2014 Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) season.
Cannon Mountain will serve as the host site for the EISA's UNH Winter Carnival on Jan. 24-25, with the giant slalom race scheduled for the first day and the slalom race closing out alpine competition the following day.
"We're thrilled to be working with the UNH alpine ski team, a top-tier NCAA Division 1 program," Cannon Mountain general manager John DeVivo said. "We see this as a fantastic opportunity to work with a New Hampshire-based partner that performs at the highest level within its field, and we foresee a great training and recognition pipeline for our Cannon-based athletes at our local schools: Franconia Ski Club and the Holderness School."
"We are excited to call Cannon Mountain our home mountain," seventh-year UNH alpine head coach Brian Blank said. "The mountain has multiple training venues that will provide some of the best training in the East, and their top-notch staff will do a tremendous job hosting our Carnival in January."
The UNH men's alpine skiing team, led by All-America First Teamers Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) and Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah), took second place in GS and SL at the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships. The Wildcat women's alpine team will be led by returning All-America Second Team skier Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario).
The UNH skiing team opens the 2014 EISA season with the Vermont Carnival alpine races Jan. 11-12, and the first Nordic races of the season are scheduled for the Colby Carnival (Jan. 17-18). For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com.
About Cannon Mountain
Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire's highest ski area summit (4,080 feet), features 73 trails plus the Mittersill Ski Area. Cannon, which features the Granite State's largest vertical drop (2,180 feet), is the home of North America's first aerial tramway (1938) and first ski racing trail, Richard Taft Ski Trail (1932).