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Gunstock Mountain Resort is taking their Terrain Parks to the Next Level

October 10, 2019


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Gunstock Mountain Resort is taking their Terrain Parks to the Next Level

Consultants Help Gunstock’s Terrain Parks Become the Destination for Freestyle Enthusiasts


Gilford, NH (October 10, 2019) – Winter is around the corner, and the ski industry is getting excited.  Gunstock Mountain Resort is proud to announce some exciting changes coming to Gunstock Parks.  For those not up on their park lingo, a Terrain Park is a dedicated area on the mountain where skiers and snowboarders are provided specialized terrain and features to perform on-snow and airborne tricks.  Gunstock Mountain Resort is making a substantial investment in Gunstock Parks for the 2019-20 season including working closely with the Effective Edge consulting group, and investing in new snowmaking and grooming equipment.

Effective Edge Consulting Group & New Gunstock Parks Design

Effective Edge is the industry leader in terrain park design, operations planning, program mapping, training, and risk management.  Gunstock began working with Effective Edge at the end of last ski season in preparation for the 2019-20 season.  Through robust collaboration, a strategic plan has been built to utilize Effective Edge’s expertise in combination with Gunstock’s progressive terrain and innovative spirit.

Effective Edge professional, Tom Monterosso has been living out West for a number of years, working with Snowboarder Magazine and Ride Snowboards.  But New Hampshire will always hold a special place in his heart.  When asked why he and Effective Edge were drawn to working with Gunstock, Monterosso didn’t need to think twice:  "What drew me to working with Gunstock is that I'm from New Hampshire, and Gunstock was one of my favorite resorts to ride when I was a kid.  Their park was always so fun and the resort itself has all the amenities one would need to have a really fun day out in the mountains.  Plus, the resort's proximity to major metropolitan areas in New England make it a great destination for skiers and snowboarders of all ages to come learn how to ski or snowboard, improve upon their skill set, and experience the amazing mountains New Hampshire has to offer!"

The new Gunstock Parks layout is considered a progression, meaning each trail has a dedicated design and series of elements ranging from learning terrain with extra small features all the way up large features for expert freestyle fanatics, and everything in between.  According to Kevin Laverty, Effective Edge consultant, “in addition to a dedicated Park Chair which will provide access to easy and quick park laps, I think the new layout, flow, and vibe will keep the experienced park user wanting more laps and having fun with friends.  Gunstock is taking a new approach to their parks and progression by mixing up the park with linear and non-linear flow lines, which offers fun features for every level. It's exciting to see them go all in on their terrain parks and offer the flexibility to ride the during the day and at night.”

For any parents out there who may be worried about safety in the parks, safety continues to be a top priority at Gunstock Parks.  Mark Petrozzi, a long-time Gunstock local who has worked as part of the Gunstock team for over 35 years and also serves as the chair of the National Ski Areas Association Risk Management and Education Committee, which develops the ski industry’s national skier and rider safety education programs, has been intimately involved in the evolution of Gunstock Parks.  Mark notes, “My terrain park work on a National basis gives me a good perspective on where the industry and our guests are in the whole parks and action sports arena.  I strongly believe that with Gunstock's current focus and dedication to grow the park scene, we are poised to be THE leader in not just New Hampshire but throughout New England; providing more excitement and fun for current Gunstock skiers and riders as well as attracting new guests!”

Opening Day is planned for Friday, November 29, 2019.  First chair heads up at 9am, so get your pass early and walk right up to the lift.  Skiers and snowboarders are invited to participate in the annual Black Friday Rail Jam, a friendly competition open to all ages and abilities.  It’s a great way to start the season right.  Prizes awarded! 

About Gunstock Mountain Resort: Located in Gilford, New Hampshire, and boasting spectacular mountaintop views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Ossipee Range, Gunstock Mountain Resort is one of the largest four season recreation areas in the state, and one of the oldest, opening its doors in 1937. Gunstock was the first New England ski area to install a chairlift, offers 1,400 vertical feet, 227 acres and 48 alpine and freestyle trails, plus 50km of dog-friendly cross country, snowshoe, and fat bike trails. Gunstock claims New England’s largest aerial obstacle course with 91 challenging elements, more than 1.6 miles of high-adrenaline ZipTour™ zip lines, off-road Segway tours, and the 4,100 foot Mountain Coaster. Gunstock’s campground has 290 sites, cozy cabins, and RV/trailer hookups, providing outdoor accommodation for kids of all ages when they stay and play at the mountain. Gunstock also plays host to a growing number of events, such as Gunstock Rocks New Year’s Eve, BYODC Pond Skim, Gunstock Hillclimb, SoulFest, and Muddy Puppy trail series. For additional information please visit: ,,,

Mark St. J. Petrozzi, ARM.  Mark is the founder and president of AlpenRisk Safety Advisors, LLC, a risk management and safety consulting practice serving the International snowsports, high-risk recreation, and hospitality industries, and has more than 30 years of experience in risk management, insurance, safety, loss control, regulatory compliance, and employment practices. He has been involved in creating many of the risk management, loss control, incident investigation, mountain safety, and terrain park guidelines used throughout the snowsports industry today. He currently serves as chair of the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Risk Management Committee, the New Hampshire Tramway Safety Board, and ASTM’s F-27 Committee.

About Effective Edge: An East Coast work ethic with a West Coast mentality keeping our pulse on innovation and technology. Creating and delivering on shareable experiences for our participants and driving new visitation is key.  Our services are done with integrity and transparency. Learn more about Effective Edge:

Michael L. Bettera, President and CEO.  Michael has worked closely with resort partners to keep them current with regard to industry trends, as well as through the creation of new, innovative projects and terrain park risk management for the past two decades. He has worked with more than 50 resorts around the globe, is a former head coach at Waterville Valley, NH and has served as a judge at events including the Burton U.S. Open.  His career in the resort industry started in 1988 as one of the first snowboard instructors and a member of PSIA.

Kevin Laverty, Professional Consultant.  Kevin started his career with a background in International Finance working in New York and Zurich, Switzerland. After deciding to follow his passion for the snow in the Ski Industry, he moved to Whistler to become a Snowboard Instructor. Since his career change he has worked in Ski & Ride School, Terrain Parks, Cat Ski Guiding and other areas of support for Mountain Operations. He followed the snow for 11 seasons working Park Crew at Cardrona and Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe before moving to Colorado as the Park Manager for Keystone A51. During his tenure at Keystone, he was appointed as the Best Practice Lead for all Vail Resorts and liaison to new Urban Resort integrations. While working for Vail Resorts, he also became more involved in the industry as a panelist for Cutters Camp and a committee member for Colorado Ski Country.

Tom Monterosso, Professional Consultant.  Tom is a freelance photographer, writer and content creator. For the last twelve years, he was an editorial staff member of SNOWBOARDER Magazine. Currently, he is working for RIDE Snowboards as their staff photographer as well as contracted by other clients in the snowboard space such as Red Bull, Volcom, and Adidas among others. He’s also been announcing some of the world’s biggest snowboard events for over a decade. He and his wife Lauren have a beautiful little two year-old daughter named Eloise and they live in Salt Lake City, Utah.