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Apr 7, 2016 12:45 AM

Cannon Mountain has a new policy for ski pass distribution

FRANCONIA - After an audit in 2014 said Cannon Mountain was giving out undocumented free ski passes, a proposal to tweak the way passes are distributed has been passed.

READ: Cannon Mountain Ski Area flagged during state audit when free ski pass issuance went undocumented

According to the Concord Monitor, House Bill 1172 makes a number of changes to a long-standing law about state-owned ski areas, some as minor as removing reference to Mount Sunapee ski area, which the state no longer operates, and removing reference to a marketing position that no longer exists.

The bill also addresses two issues raised by the audit. One change clarifies that package plans offering many ski passes at reduced rates can be offered to “businesses within the tourism industry,” such as New Hampshire hotels, while the other allows the Cannon Mountain manager to grant “special daily or seasonal passes.”

The audit for the fiscal year from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, found no wrongdoing at Cannon but criticized its handling of such passes, saying, “Cannon Mountain does not accumulate, track, analyze, or report information about special daily and seasonal passes that are issued at no cost,” and didn’t track reduced-rate passes to volunteers or employees, although General ski passes and were said to have equaled about 1/5 of all passes sold in 2014.

The mountain is expected to open Saturday for its final weekend of the ski season.

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