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There's No 'I' in Community. Oh wait...

What’s the best teambuilding exercise you’ve experienced in your professional life? Many companies embark on corporate outings or retreats outdoors (if you’re looking to book, I know a gal), many tackle abstract challenges as a group to get their creative juices flowing, and many have a guest speaker come and offer their wisdom while playing some games or engaging in guided conversations.

I can say beyond the shadow of a doubt that the most impactful teambuilding exercise I’ve ever been a part of, happened right here at Gunstock about a month ago when we were faced with the question: What would you do if your bosses were gone tomorrow? We were an orchestra without a conductor-- or multiple conductors, in this case. Luckily, we’re all pretty well-versed in the instruments we play and have extensive skill harmonizing together.

This is a group of doers; the directors have their feet on the ground with the rest of us, overseeing day to day operations and making all the major plans and decisions for the future, but our managers and year-round staff are the people who put those plans in motion and act based on those decisions. When we’re all focused on the same task, best believe decisions will be made and plans will be executed. In the days and weeks following, I saw the bond of this team strengthen in a way that a hard winter, an easy winter, or a pandemic couldn’t touch.

We had our bosses’ backs, and now we have our bosses back, thanks to the combined efforts of our GM, our directors, our middle management and year-round staff, our seasonal staff, Commissioners Lambert and Wood, ten members of the Belknap County Delegation, and our passionate community who stood with us in solidarity.

It just goes to show that when a strong team comes together with a strong community support, big things can happen. To our following of skiers, riders, campers, zippers, climbers, coasters, tubers, hikers, runners, and general outdoor enthusiasts here in Belknap County and beyond:  Thanks for your support on site, in the papers, and on socials. We are so fortunate to have the support of this granite-clad community and beyond honored to be your home mountain.

Last Sunday was Belknap County Day, and the turnout was incredible. It makes our hearts happy to see the Adventure Park and the trails bustling with both tourists and locals enjoying quality time outdoors together. That’s what it’s all about.

We hope to see you all at the next Belknap County Day on Sunday, September 18. In the meantime, the Adventure Park is open every Thursday thru Monday for summer fun and season passes are on sale for the upcoming winter season.

We appreciate you all more than we can say. Have fun out there.

~ Jen

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