When the entire management staff of Gunstock Mountain Resort tendered their resignations Wednesday night at the outset of the Gunstock Area Commission meeting in Laconia, N.H., each member did so by offering the customary two weeks notice.
By Thursday morning, however, members of the Belknap County Sheriff’s Department had arrived at the New Hampshire ski area in order to escort the seven, now-former, staff members off the property, effectively ending Gunstock’s operations for the immediate future.
Resigning was a “nuclear option,” Gunstock president and general manager Tom Day told the Laconia Daily Sun.
Tensions between the Gunstock Area Commission — a five-member board appointed by the Belknap County Delegation with the responsibility of managing Gunstock — and the Gilford resort’s staff members had been increasing in recent weeks. Most recently, the commission has been trying to take a larger controlling stake in the day-to-day operations of the ski resort, which is owned by Belknap County, N.H.