GILFORD — Gunstock Mountain Resort will shut down winter operations at the close of day on Sunday after what general manger Greg Goddard "another very solid season that met or exceeded our projections. and the third consecutive season sales have increased."
Goddard said that by April 1st more than 179,000 winter sport enthusiasts had enjoyed the mountain with a strong possibility of surpassing the 182,500 visitors who came a year ago during the remaining four days of the season. "We'll have top to bottom skiing with all lifts open this weekend," he promised, "and top it off with the traditional pond skim, outdoor barbeque and live entertainment."
"This was the strangest winter ever," Goddard remarked. He explained that the season started slowly then lagged through the Christmas holidays, a deep freeze in January and a sluggish school vacation week in February before taking off with the strongest March in the history of the mountain. Goddard anticipated that higher electricity and staffing costs will squeeze profitability when the books are closed later this month. Electricity costs rose two cents per kilowatt hour, he said, adding that each penny represents an increase of $50,000. On the other hand, he noted that the cost of gasoline and diesel was lower this year than last.
Goddard said that preparations for the beginning of the spring and summer season, scheduled to begin with what he called "a soft opening" in the middle of May, will get underway on Monday. He expected the campground to open around Memorial Day and the Adventure Park by the time of Motorcycle Week in June.
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