Gunstock Will Always Be My Home Mountain
Dear Gunstock Community,
The following is a press release detailing a major announcement. This feels bittersweet and marks the end of an era in many ways, and while we have a lot to say on the subject, those reflections will come later. For now, here are the facts:
Gunstock Will Always be My Home Mountain
General Manager Greg Goddard Announces Retirement
Gilford, NH - August 21, 2019: After a 39 year career at Gunstock Mountain Resort, the last 21 serving as General Manager, Greg Goddard has announced he will be retiring from the resort in August 2020. He formally notified the Gunstock Area Commissioners last month and has been meeting with his management team over the past two weeks in preparation for a public announcement. “I wanted to alert the Commissioners now of my decision to retire next year to give them plenty of time to recruit and select my successor. They have generously offered to let me be part of that process which will help make the transition as smooth and seamless as possible. This timeline will give me the opportunity to stay through the winter season and work with our team to assist with the planning process for 2020/21”.
Goddard was first hired at Gunstock for the 1981/82 ski season as a bartender in the Powder Keg Pub and became a year-round employee in November of 1982. He became the Director of Finance and Administration in 1988 and General Manager in 1998.
Goddard’s first major accomplishment was negotiating the purchase of the Alpine Ridge property, adjacent to Gunstock Mountain Resort, in 1999. In 2003, he shepherded the resort through a major $3.8 million expansion which included extensive new snowmaking infrastructure, installation of the resort’s first high speed lift, and revitalization of the Pistol Lift complex. In 2009, he proposed expansion of beginner terrain including a new 4-passenger chairlift, expansion of night skiing terrain from 15 to 22 trails, and laid the foundation for the creation of a state-of-the art energy efficient snowmaking system. Beginning in 2011, he led the transition of the resort into a major 4season attraction, installing some of the nation’s longest and fastest zip lines and New England’s largest aerial tree obstacle course. A $2.8 million mountain coaster was added in 2016. Under Goddard’s leadership, the net worth of the resort has increased by more than nine million dollars.
Bob Durfee, 15 year veteran of and current Chair of the Gunstock Area Commission, has worked with Goddard the longest and has high praise for the manager. “Greg has been a steady hand over many years in a business that can be extremely volatile and unpredictable. He possesses a keen understanding of finance and a deep knowledge of every aspect of resort operations. He’s willing to get his hands dirty if necessary, and he’s proven unafraid to make difficult decisions when required to manage the resort effectively and responsibly.”
With 21 years at the helm, Goddard is Gunstock’s longest tenured General Manager, eclipsing Warren Warner who ran the resort from November of 1959 to May of 1975.
Goddard has no immediate plans after retiring, but intends to remain active in the community. He is currently a Commissioner for the Lakes Business Park in Laconia, sits on the Loan Review Committee for the Belknap Economic Development Council, and is active in a variety of tourism related organizations. “I’d love to continue to help in the ski or tourism industries in some capacity, but without the stress of daily resort operations. It will be nice to cut back from 6 weather reports every day to just one.”
“We appreciate Greg’s steadfast loyalty and dedication to Gunstock over the past four decades,” added Durfee. “He will be truly missed, but we support Greg’s decision to retire after an illustrious career at the mountain.”
Photo 1: Greg officiating an on-mountain wedding
Photo 2: Greg helping out the ops team with snow removal on a stormy morning