Saving Ski History: Gunstock’s ski jump gets designation to save

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on November 2, 2009 1:45 pm

Ski jumping will forever be entwined with the history of skiing.  It was the ski jumping craze of the 1930s that ramped up skiing’s popularity and introduced the fringe sport to the masses.  The big jumps themselves are an important part of ski history.

The 70-meter jump at Gunstock Mountain Resort (Gilford, NH) was built in 1937 courtesy of Franklin D. Rosevelt’s New Deal project.  Unfortunately, the jump has fallen into disrepair since it’s last use in 2004. 

Now, the historical jump will be given a shot at new life.  The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance has added the jump to it’s list called “Seven to Save.”  The designation clears the way for grant money, while also making fundraising efforts that much easier.

It’s not known at this time how much dough will be needed to restore the jump, but according to an article in the Concord Monitor, a similar restoration project in Burlington, Vt., cost around $600,000.

Ah, but what cost for preserving an important piece of ski history?  Kratka Ridge’s single-person chairlift, anyone?







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