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  Alpine CCC Ski Trails > New Hampshire
Kinsman Mountain
Franconia, New Hampshire

Overview
The Cannonballs and Kinsman as seen from Mittersill Peak Kinsman Mountain is located south of Cannon Mountain, separated by a series of peaks known as the Cannonballs. In the 1930s and 40s, an alpine ski trail descended from northern shoulder of North Kinsman (the southern end of the Cannonballs) to Route 116, with a cabin located near the midpoint of the trail. While the cabin and upper portion of the ski trail are long gone, portions of the lower end (mainly a hiking trail) are still skied.

Trails on Kinsman Mountain
Kinsman Mountain Location Kinsman Ski Trail - Partially open
The Kinsman Ski Trail was opened in the 1930s, consisting of a net new upper portion of trail and a widened lower portion of an existing hiking trail (the Mt. Kinsman Trail). Top of the trail, located north of North Kinsman Mountain, was nearly 3,800 feet in elevation. A cabin was built near the mid point of the trail around 1937 (removed in the 1980s). While the upper portion of the ski trail was likely abandoned in the 1940s or 1950s, the gradual lower half of the trail remains open as a hiking trail and is still skied. In 2009, the bottom of the hiking trail was rerouted.

Quotes
" Kinsman Ski Trail. This trail coincides with the Mt. Kinsman Trail for the first 1 1/2 m., as far as the point where the latter turns R. and crosses the stream on a log bridge. Here the ski trail diverges L. and ascends E. to the Kinsman Ridge Trail, which it meets between the S. and Middle Cannon Balls. It is about 3 m. long, 15 to 40 ft. wide, requires at least 15 inches of snow and is suitable for intermediate skiers. "
The A.M.C. White Mountain Guide, 1934, p. 399


" 1934: AMG Guide provides brief description of Kinsman Ski Trail which runs three miles from Mt. Kinsman Trail to col between S. and Middle Cannon Balls.
1935: Ski guide to Eastern US describes Kinsman Ski Trail as "sporty with many sudden pitches which keep the skier on alert."
"
The 4000-Footers of the White Mountains: A Guide and History, p. 409


" Kinsman Trail (WMNF)
1. Location - S. of Franconia on H. 116. Starts near Kinsman Lodge. Goes E. to Kinsman Ridge.
2. Length - 3 mi.
3. Width - 15'-40'.
4. Max. Grade - 5-15º.
5. Vertical Drop - 2700'.
6. Exposure - N.W. 12"-18" snow.
7. A branch trail goes to Bald Knob. Both trails are suitable for intermediate skiers. Extensive open slopes at foot of trail for novices.
"
Skiing New Hampshire, 1935-1936


" Kinsman Trail (W.M.N.F.). S. of Franconia on State 116. Starts near Kinsman Lodge. Goes E. to Kinsman Ridge. Length 3 m. Max grades 5º - 15º. A branch trail goes to Bald Knob. Both trails are suitable for intermediate skiers. Extensive open slopes at foot of trail for novices. Public Cabin (W.M.N.F.), equipped with stove and four bunks, open in 1937 at Kinsman and Kinsman Branch Trails, 1.5 m. from highway. "
New Hampshire: A Guide to the Granite State, 1938, p. 527


" Mid 1930s: Kinsman Cabin is built along the Mt. Kinsman Trail to accommodate growing number of skiers frequenting the White Mountains. "
The 4000-Footers of the White Mountains: A Guide and History, p. 409


" Kinsman Ski Trail. This trail coincides with the Mt. Kinsman Trail for the first 1.85 m. Where the latter turns R and crosses the stream on a log bridge, the ski trail diverges L. At this junction the WMNF has constructed an overnight cabin and first aid cache. Bunks are provided for six occupants. The ski Trail ascends to upper terminus on the Kinsman Ridge Trail, 2.05 m. further. "
The A.M.C. White Mountain Guide, 1940, p. 393


" 1982: Forest Service decides to remove Kinsman Cabin and rehabilitate site. "
The 4000-Footers of the White Mountains: A Guide and History, p. 409


Images
1934 AMC Map
1934 AMC Map

1940 AMC Map
1940 AMC Map

1960 AMC Map
1960 AMC Map

Lower portion of the Kinsman Ski Trail (2009)
Lower portion of the Kinsman Ski Trail (2009)

Lower portion of the Kinsman Ski Trail (2009)
Lower portion of the Kinsman Ski Trail (2009)

Lower portion of the Kinsman Ski Trail (2009)
Lower portion of the Kinsman Ski Trail (2009)

Possible top of trail (from Kinsman Ridge Trail in 2009)
Possible top of trail (from Kinsman Ridge Trail in 2009)

Possible middle junction of trail (2009)
Possible middle junction of trail (2009)

Lower portion of the Kinsman Ski Trail (2009)
Lower portion of the Kinsman Ski Trail (2009)

Lower portion of the Kinsman Ski Trail (2009)
Lower portion of the Kinsman Ski Trail (2009)

Kinsman Cabin remains (2010)
Kinsman Cabin remains (2010)

Resources
  • Kinsman Mountain - North Peak - FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide
  • Mittersill Peak - FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide
  • Tamarack Ski Slope - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • New Hampshire: A Guide to the Granite State. Boston, MA: The Riverside Press, 1938.
  • New Hampshire Skiing. Concord, NH: State Planning and Development Commission, 1935.
  • Smith, Steven D. and Mike Dickerman. The 4000-Footers of the White Mountains: A Guide and History. Second edition. Littleton, NH: Bondcliff Books, 2008.
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