In recognition of the special status they hold as a publicly-owned operation, Gunstock officials have announced a new offering to Belknap County residents for the upcoming ski season. In what is being called a “pilot test,” a “Winter Ski Ticket” is being offered at the special flat rate of $45.00 for all ages. This represents a significant discount from the regular weekday ticket cost of $87.00 and more than half off the weekend day rate of $99.00.
The Gunstock Area Commission and the Area’s management team have worked together during the off-season time to develop this product to show acknowledgement and appreciation for the resident-owners of the facility. This also answers calls from county lawmakers to provide some benefit for the citizens, especially those who might not otherwise be able to afford the cost to ski and ride.
This new program is not the only benefit to Belknap County residents, nor is it the first. During the recently-completed summer operating season, Gunstock offered monthly “Belknap County” days in which free rides on the scenic Panorama chairlift and the Mountain Coaster were provided, along with discount rates on the ZipLine.
Details on this new pilot program note that this special deal is for RESIDENTS ONLY, who must make the purchase in-person at the main ticket office on the day of use. A driver’s license must be presented to qualify. This offering is good any day EXCEPT Saturdays, with the exception of “blackout” periods as follows: 12/25/22 thru 1/2/23; 1/14/23 thru 1/16/23; and the Massachusetts school vacation week days of 2/20/23 thru 2/24/23. The tickets will be available on all other days INCLUDING those in which regular tickets are sold out.
One point to note is that the program was built within the overall construction of the operating budget for the fiscal year and is set at 3% of the overall projected ski operation sales, which calculates out to a capped number of 1,981 tickets. As it stands now, the program will end once those are sold out. Management plans to monitor how it works and of course reserves the option to make changes and adjustments. They stress that for those who plan to ski often, the best value remains in purchasing one of the several seasonal pass options- especially by taking advantage of spring sales offered each year.
Regular day tickets can be purchased by clicking here to visit the online store.
Season pass options can be reviewed by clicking here.
Photos for The Bastion by Ronnie Abbott
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