Skiing is big business in New Hampshire. A recent study shows that skiing and its related businesses like lodging, restaurants and gas brings in $1.1 billion to New Hampshire’s economy.
We are lucky to have a pro-ski industry governor with a passion for the sport. According to a story in The Conway Daily Sun, Gov. Chris Sununu took time out from signing laws on Monday, Jan. 29, to hit the slopes of Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway for the so-called Granite State Ski Cup.
“The event was organized by Conway-based Ski NH. According to its communications and marketing manager, Karolyn Castaldo, Ski NH and member ski areas in the past would organize legislative ski days and the governor’s cup.
“She said it had been “quite a few years” since Ski NH has hosted one of these events and this year they decided to combine the two events into one.
“Today, the goal was just to get people on snow,” said Castaldo. “Really, to get our elected officials out skiing with our ski industry leaders. Many of our resort general managers were able to come up and ski as well.”
“Eighteen people participated in the cup. Among them were general managers from Waterville Valley Resort, Cannon Mountain, Cranmore Mountain Resort, Gunstock Mountain Resort, King Pine at Purity Spring Resort and Pats Peak.
“Sununu, whose family owns Waterville Valley Ski Resort, said he enjoyed the opportunity Monday to get outside, chat with lawmakers and ski industry representatives.
“I think we did really great,” said Sununu, who skied with his son Calvin, a seventh-grader. “Any day you can take a little time on the slopes, spend some time with all the general managers of the resorts around New Hampshire — some of the legislators are here with us, the speaker (Gene Chandler of Bartlett) is up having lunch with us — is just a great opportunity to integrate and talk a little bit and just hear what’s going on in the industry,” he said.”