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Gunstock looking forward to summer season

May 16, 2018
Gunstock had a "subpar" winter season, but is looking forward to a potentially successful summer, according to the mountain's general manager.

Gunstock General manager Greg Goddard gave a regular update to the board of selectmen last Wednesday on this year's winter season and what the mountain's owners and staff are looking forward to in the coming months.

"I don't think it's any secret that it was a subpar winter season," Goddard said. "Despite excellent snow, we had some issues at all the wrong times with Mother Mature."

December and January were extremely cold, he said, while a good part of the season had rain and ice. He said the Saturday morning of Martin Luther King Day Weekend, the groomers went out in 54 degrees and pouring rain, but by the end of the day the temperatures were freezing and the mountain was a sheet of ice. He said they made a big comeback in March, but the late season rally wasn't quite enough to offset prior losses.

"Nothing that we can't persevere from," Goddard said. "We're very much looking forward to a busy summer."

Gunstock has entered into a promotional partnership with Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, and Goddard said they have seen an uptick in interest because of this. They have had a lot of camping reservations and pre-sold tickets for the Adventure Park.

The summer season kicks off on Memorial Day weekend with the opening of the campground and Adventure Park.

In June, there will be two family fishing derbies: the Kainen Flynn Memorial Derby sponsored by the Gilford Police Department and the Belknap County Sportsman's Association's Kids Spring Derby the day after.

The Gunstock Hill climb will return this year on June 13 [a full article on this event can be found elsewhere in this week's edition], and Goddard said it will be a big event. There will be a couple large jumps in the middle of the hill as well as minibikes and others.

This year will also bring a new event, The Road Jam Music Fest on July 14, sponsored by Two Roads Brewing Company. The festival will take place from noon -11 p.m.; camping will be allowed overnight, and there will be some music in the morning for those who stayed. Goddard said Two Roads does an event in Stratford, Conn., and they branched out to New Hampshire and Vermont.

During the weekend of Old Home Day, Gunstock will host the Mountain Brew and BBQ, an event they hope will complement the traditional goings on at Old Home Day.

The Tough Mudder will be coming back to Gunstock. Goddard said a smaller Tough Mudder event will take place with an estimated crowd size half of what it used to be. This means people can park right at Gunstock, while previously they had to park at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and take a shuttle. Goddard said they will keep in contact with town officials.

"We're really happy to have it back," Goddard said.

Gunstock has also been working closely with the Belknap County Conservation District on a Forests and Rivers grant to restore Gilford Brook by Route 11B. Goddard said this will include restoring fish habitats, a comprehensive woodlands inventory, and forest management plan for the entire Gunstock property.

They have been working with the town to name roads and number buildings to be compliant with E-911.

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