GILFORD — Gunstock Mountain Resort is building the first Terrain Based Learning Center in the state of NH. This project is estimated at $175,000 in earth moving, expanded snow making, lighting and extending the surface lift to create a completely new learning experience. The new learning center is among more than $1 million of investments recently made to the resort.
Learning to ski or snowboard has traditionally been on flat terrain with little representation of what is on the mountain, or the skiers movements to help make turns, and navigate runs. The new Terrain Based Learning Center will feature: Rollers, a Sluice, The Dish, The Spine and a Mini Pipe. These features are designed to help the skier or rider "feel" the mountain and use their natural movement to change the direction of the ski or snowboard. As they progress form the surface lift to the complex designed for beginners, served by the Penny Pitou quad lift, the Terrain Based Learning Center will again reduce the learning curve and build their confidence.
"Scott Goeller, Gunstock's Snowsports and Outdoor Adventure Manager was instrumental in testing these ideas out last season, and presented an exciting, forward thinking plan to the senior management team last year", says Greg Goddard, GM at Gunstock Mountain Resort. "In conjunction with Jeff Jacobsen, Gunstock's Resort Services Director, Gunstock again is going to take a leadership role in a new way to get the beginner skier and rider up on the mountain and enjoying the day, using movement based learning.
Gunstock has invested more than $1 million on improvements, preparing for winter with additional lighting, a new snow cat, snow making and trail improvements for the coming winter season. Gunstock has been a leader through the years when it comes to technology, and teaching. This year Gunstock will feature a learn to ski free week from Dec. 7 to Dec. 15. By signing up for the award winning 3 day Mountain Magic program, the first day is free.
Gunstock also has a 4 to 7 week outreach program giving schools and recreation departments the opportunity to bring younger skiers and riders to the mountain. These midweek programs at Gunstock bring 2,500 kids a week to the sport for the program. Anyone wishing to get their community or school involved should call Gunstock at 603-293-4341.