Gunstock Announces Limited Summer Operations
April 14, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rachel Templar
Gunstock Mountain Resort announces limited operations for Summer 2020
Campground opens May 23
As the extraordinary events surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 virus continue to unfold in the United States and in New Hampshire, the Gunstock Area Commission and Gunstock management team have been working diligently to develop a safe and responsible Summer 2020 Operating Plan. The rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 crisis requires us to keep the health and safety of our employees and guests at the forefront of any decision impacting Gunstock’s summer operations.
The Gunstock Area Commissioners have weighed all the information currently available. At the public meeting on April 14, they instructed Tom Day, President and General Manager, to proceed with the opening of the Gunstock Campground on Saturday, May 23 (tentative). They also approved a reduction of offerings for summer activities to offer the popular Segway Tours and introduce new E-Bike Tours.
Regrettably, because of the tactile nature of the Adventure Park activities, the Zipline, Aerial Treetop Adventure course, Mountain Coaster, and Discover Zone attractions will be suspended for the summer 2020 season. As the situation in New Hampshire and the Lakes Region continues to develop, Gunstock will continuously assess the circumstances and provide timely updates on the 2020 Summer Events schedule.
Tom Day wanted to share the following statement with staff and the local community:
“The decision to suspend operations of the Gunstock Summer Adventure Park is an incredibly tough decision to make, especially for our summer staff. But it is a decision Gunstock stands behind given the known risks of furthering the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Until health officials are able to assure us that it is “safe to go back in the trees”, we remain committed to the social distancing guidelines that have kept NH from experiencing an outbreak like many other communities around the world have suffered.
“Over these last few weeks, we’ve heard from many of you who made your way to the mountain looking for a moment outside, away from the news of the day. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. Keep ‘em coming! We will be right here with some of the best camping and hiking in the Lakes Region. And if you’ve never tried an e-bike or off-road Segway before, now is the time!
“Don’t forget, season pass sales for the 2020/21 winter season are in full swing and we recently launched a new pass payment option, making your Gunstock pass more affordable than ever before. The team will be here hard at work getting the lifts, trails, and facilities ready for opening day on December 5th.
“As always, thank you for your continued support. We wish you a healthy and safe summer!”
Tom Day, President & General Manager
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’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 Gunstock TrailFest trail series. For additional information please visit: www.gunstock.com , www.facebook.com/gunstockmtn, www.instagram.com/gunstockmtn, www.twitter.com/gunstockmtn