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Among New England's oldest ski areas (1937), Gunstock Mountain Resort treasures tradition and friendly old ways....

 
 

 

Gunstock Mountain Resort ski area in Gilford NH, less than a two-hour drive from Boston (map) has a lot going for it: 2000 acres of mountain and forest overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee and, in the distance, Mount Washington.

Coming from eastern Massachusetts, your Gunstock adventure can easily be either a day-trip or overnight ski trip.

Gunstock has been here for a long time: the solid, attractive alpine-style lodge, set on a foundation of 2-1/2-foot-thick granite walls, was built in 1937-38 as a WPA (Works Progress Administration) project.

Owned by the local county government and run by a very experienced ski-resort family, Gunstock stays true to its roots: the goal here is fun and fulfilling ski experiences, not condo or villa sales.

The people who run Gunstock are always thinking up fun special events and features: free hot chocolate at the summit, free Smores on Sunday afternoons, moonlight or candlelight ski treks on the 50 km (31 miles) of cross-country (Nordic) ski trails, and a variety of good-value ski packages.

No condo developments blanket the slopes here, and there's no sales pitch.

The towns around Lake Winnipesaukee already have 20,000 beds for guests, so there's no need for more lodging. Not only that, as a primarily summer destination, winter is off-season for Winnipesaukee lodgings, so prices are lower.

Gunstock has the longest snow tubing run in New Hampshire: 1000 feet (305 meters).

If you decide to stay in the Winnipesaukee area, there are many other ski resorts within a short drive of Gunstock, should you want diversity.

Gunstock Mountain Resort
Mail:
PO Box 1307
Laconia, NH 03247-1307
Tel: 800-486-7862 (800-GUNSTOCK) or 603-293-4341

Location: 719 Cherry Valley Road
Gilford, NH 03249-7817 (map)

—by Tom Brosnahan


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Gunstock sign, Gilford NH

Below, the Gunstock Lodge was
built by the WPA in 1937-38.

Gunstock Lodge, Gilford NH

 

 

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