Gunstock plans to keep slopes open through April 7

GILFORD — "We will run out of skiers before we run out of snow," said Greg Goddard, general manager of Gunstock Mountain Resort, who announced yesterday that the ski trails will close on Sunday, April 7. "Tonight will be the last night for night skiing and Sunday will be the last day for tubing."
This weekend Gunstock is offering two-for-one lift tickets to residents of Belknap County. Goddard said that the snowfall last week created some of the best skiing conditions of the season. With between 21 inches and 37 inches of packed powder, all trails are open.
Goddard said that last year Gunstock closed on March 21, when the temperature touched 83 degrees. This year four feet of snow in February, more in March and cool temperatures has stretched the season by a little more than two weeks. Goddard said that whatever the conditions the ski area must close to allow time to service and convert the chair lifts for the beginning of the summer season in early May.