Cannon Mountain

Last updated: May 11, 2022

Important: your memberships in both USHPA and NEPHC must be current to fly at Cannon Mt.

Tram operators will require proof of both current NEPHC membership and USHPA membership.  If you only have USHPA membership, you are not allowed to fly. Cannon will not be responsible for contacting NEPHC to verify membership.

If you intend to fly, go to this page: Membership status, create a screenshot on your phone to provide to the Cannon Tram operator along with your driver’s license (or government-issued ID). There may not be cell signal at the mountain, so be sure to create the screenshot prior to arrival. Tram operation has also requested a list of members from NEPHC for verification.

Permit is only valid while Tram is in operation. No flying from closing ski day to May 27.

No flights prior to daily site operation; you need to wait for Cannon employees in order to sign in at the base lodge (see below – Rules and Regulations).

Cannon Mountain – Franconia, NH
  • Flight Type: Ridge and Thermals, potential XC site
  • Required: valid current USHPA and NEPHC memberships. Tram operators will require proof of both NEPHC membership and USHPA membership.  If you only have USHPA membership, you are not allowed to fly. Cannon will not be responsible for contacting NEPHC to verify membership.
  • USHPA Rating Requirement: P3
  • For the 2022 season, only Paragliders will be allowed.
  • Flying only permitted off ski season, when snow is gone and skiing has stopped
  • Wind direction: N – NE (Ideal: 340 – 010 degrees, OK: 330 – 20)
  • Wind speed (PG):
    • 0 mph minimum
    • 10 mph ideal
    • 15 mph maximum – do not launch a standard sized paraglider in wind exceeding 15 mph unless you are certain you have the skills and your glider can penetrate.  Mini wing operating limitations at the pilot’s discretion.
    • +5 mph maximum gusting
  • Launch: Ski slope, East facing, 4080 ft summit (1244m)
  • Airspace: There is an airport approximately 2.5 miles away so there are occasional low flying aircraft in the area.
  • Hazards: The launch site is right under Yankee MOA areas 1 and 2. Airport hosts a large number of soaring gliders as well.
  • Tramline: Maintain adequate clearance buffer (500 vertical feet and 1000 horizontal feet in all directions) from the tram and cables running up the eastern side of the mountain (see image below).
  • Landing zones:
    • Approved Landing Area (see image below) or Franconia Airport
      • Min Req Glide Ratio: 2.6
    • Franconia Airport: 1B5 is on Route 116. Unicom frequency is 122.8. See image below.
Cannon LZ at red marker – GPS 44.171286, -71.691545
Franconia Airport – GPS 44.194641, -71.751672

Rules and Regulations:

  • You must be a current USHPA and current NEPHC member.
    • Screenshot this page – Membership status – and provide your driver’s license (or government-issued ID) required to show to Tram operator.
  • Land only at the designated PG approved LZ or and the Franconia airport.
  • Register in the NEPHC Book in the base lodge. All pilots must sign in, even if you have registered in the past.
  • For the 2022 season, only paragliders will be allowed.
  • If you want to ride up the mountain, online Tram ticket reservations are required.
    • Space is limited. If the Tram sells out, walk-ons will not be sold a ticket.
    • You must either buy a Round Trip Tram Ticket or hike up. One way tickets will not be sold. Online reservations for tickets are required – go to http://www.cannonmt.com.
    • Hiking up is only permitted on hiking trails (Kinsman Ridge Trail), NOT on the ski slope.
  • Permit is only valid while Tram is in operation. No flying from closing ski day to May 27.
  • No flights prior to daily site operation; you need to wait for Cannon employees in order to sign in at the base lodge.

  • Tramline: Maintain adequate clearance buffer (500 vertical feet and 1000 horizontal feet in all directions). See image below.
Cannon Tramline (circled in red)

Directions and parking:

  • 93 North to Cannon Mountain
  • Exit 34B – Cannon Mountain Tramway
  • Park anywhere in the parking lot.