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Gunstock jump restoration project receives $5,000 donation



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The Gunstock Mountain Historic Preservation Society recently received a $5,000 donation from the Penny Pitou & Milo Pike Charitable Fund. Olympian Penny Pitou, center, is joined by preservation society director Achim Steinbrueck, left, and president Carol Anderson, right. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
March 21, 2012
The Gunstock Mountain Historic Preservation Society just got a major boost toward its goal of restoring all four historic jumps at Gunstock Mountain Resort.

A donation of $5,000 from the Penny Pitou & Milo Pike Charitable Fund was recently received by the society and will be applied to the restoration of the 10 and 20-meter ski jumps.

"I'd like to thank both Penny Pitou and Milo Pike for their generosity and support," said Carol Anderson, president of the preservation society. "This donation will go a long way in the restoration and preservation of these jumps, which, when complete, will be the jumps used to train junior jumpers."

The preservation society was formed in December 2009 after Gunstock's 70-meter ski jump was named to the Seven to Save list of the NH Preservation Alliance. The society's mission includes the restoration of all four jumps at Gunstock, the preservation of its entire history, and any of the ski history of Belknap County.

Members of the organization have been hard at work planning the various stages of the restoration of the jumps so that they may used for training and competitions. The jump complex is rated as the best set of development hills in the East, and is critical to the training of our country's ski jumpers.

The restoration project is scheduled to be completed in two phases. The preservation society is focusing first on the restoration of the 10 and 20-meter jumps so that junior jumpers can receive initial training. While working on these jumps during the first phase, the organization is already busy planning the work required during the second phase, which is the restoration of the 40 and 70-meter jumps.

The Gunstock Mountain Historic Preservation Society always welcomes volunteers interested in helping preserve local ski history. More information about the society, a 501(c)3 organization, and its mission can be found at their Web site: www.historicgunstock.org or by calling: 737-4360.

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