Gunstock Mountain Resort entered last season coming off a turbulent summer that had the potential to shutter the entire operation. Day-to-day managers, led by general manager Tom Day, briefly resigned and vowed not to return until two members of the Gunstock Area Commission — the five-member board appointed by the Belknap County Delegation to manage the county-owned operation — resigned.
The effects of the nearly two-week shutdown could have bled over into the winter, but instead, Gunstock set a record for the number of skier visits for a second year in a row. One year after all the drama, the New Hampshire ski area spent this summer investing in the mountain, and it is putting the final touches on an offseason that included more than $6.5 million in capital improvements.
“A couple of weeks ago, we must have had a dozen different contractors working on different projects. It’s been very busy and very exciting,” Gunstock marketing director Bonnie MacPherson said.
The first of the improvements will be noticed before you even get out of the car, as the main parking lot has been paved, lined and lighted. For the first time, electric vehicles drivers will be able to charge their ride while charging down the slopes thanks to the installation of 10 charging stations.