To The Daily Sun,
Now that weather is affecting the skiing, there should be time for Gunstock's management to fix a glaring error on their website.
Specifically, concerning the vertical drop. If you go to: http://www.gunstock.com/discover/stats/ you will see that the claimed vertical drop is 1,400 feet. But, I you go to the Master Plan posted online, at: https://www.gunstock.com/upload/photos/240GUNSTOCK_Master_Plan_12-23-10.pdf and scroll down several pages, to Page 16 of the document, where the vertical drops of the lifts are posted in a table, the summit lift (aka Panorama) is listed as 1,299 feet.
So, where does the extra 100 feet come from? To be able to ski 1,400 vertical feet, you would need to be able to ski down past the main lodge, past the ski jumps, past the old Alpine Ridge site, and nearly to the old entrance off Route 11-A. And, for that to be lift-served.
Now, back in the late 1930s, when the ski area was under development, 1,400 could have been a reasonable estimate when only Mount Rowe had a chairlift. It is just wrong now. To check for yourself, if you have a program like Google Earth, you can mouse to the mountain top and bottom of the summit lift, and see for yourself. Go to these GPS coordinates:
Summit lift Unload Station: 43.5262 N, 71.3785 W
Summit lift Load Station: 43.5406 N, 71.3661 W
Old Entrance: 43.5555 N, 71.3643 W
This is not the first time that I've brought this up. It has been bugging me for years. I have had zero replies this season when I again wrote the commissioners. Last season, one commissioner did write me back, insisting that 1,400 feet vertical was correct.
I'd like to think this is just an oversight and not a lie. If you're going to lie, then claim 1,500, 1,700, or 2,000 vertical feet. If such a straightforward technical measurement is wrong, what other errors are there, where it may make a big difference, like in the finances?
Gunstock Lifetime Season Passholder
Laconia & Seffner, Florida
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