Year Round Development Programs for Nordic Skiers
Gunstock Nordic Association (GNA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based at the Gunstock ski area in Gilford, New Hampshire. GNA offers an intensive year-round training program for x-c skiers and ski jumpers. Our Olympic coaching staff is dedicated to helping members achieve their personal dreams as Olympians, be the best skiers in their high schools, excel at senior- and masters-level racing, or to just stay involved in Nordic skiing. Learn more …
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January Thaw Skate Race (1/7/18)
GNA wants to thank everybody who came out and made today’s race a big success. Great skiing everybody! Below are the final (corrected) race results for both the Women’s and Men’s races. You can read the race report here. See you all in a few weeks for our annual paintball race!
A gallery of the race is available on our Facebook page »
Our 2017/2018 season is underway …
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We have openings for skiers of all ages and abilities!
GNA Juniors Wrap Up 2017 Season with the NENSA Eastern High School Championships – Kretchmer Scores 3 More Podiums
After a long season of racing and solid results, GNA’s top junior skiers tackled their last races of the season at NENSA’s Eastern High School Championships held at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, Vermont. The championship featured the region’s top high school skiers from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. State teams are chosen based on each skier’s results throughout the 2017/2017 high school race season. This year team NH featured 8 GNA skiers: Alexandra Paluszek, Cal Schrupp, Josh Valentine, Ian Daly, Zachary Ennis, Mark Young, Mary Ketchmer, and Sander Valpey. The event has special significance to GNA senior skiers Mark, Mary, and Sander as it would be their last high school race together. Read More …
Mary Kretchmer and Josh Valentine at the 2017 USSA Cross Country Junior National Championships in Lake Placid, NY
3/12/17 – A great week of racing!
Mary and Josh are All Americans—congratulations! And the New England team takes home the prestigious Alaska Cup. The Alaska Cup cup is awarded to the region who aquires the most points from all 4 days of racing. Our New England skiers produced solid results in each race, helping New England score a total of 1352 points for the week, besting the Intermountain/Northern region by 298 points.
Josh finished in the top 10 in all 4 of his races and Mary (3rd from the left) help to ski her relay team to 2nd place.
Day 4 (3/11/17) – 3 x 3 km Team Relays
U16 Boys’ Relay – NE Team: Will Koch, Matthew Moreau, and Josh Valentine, 4th place, 23:09.2
U20 Women’s Relay – NE Team: Alexandra Lawson, Mary Kretchmer, and Mackenzie Rizio, 2nd place, 25:51.5
Day 3 (3/10/17) – Classic Individual Starts
U16 Boys’ 5km – Josh Valentine, 4th place, 15:22.5
U20 Women’s 10km – Mary Kretchmer, 11th place (10th American), 35:27.9
Day 2 (3/8/17) – 1.5km Classic Sprint
U16 Boys – Josh Valentine
· Qualifier – 3rd place, 4:20.70
· Quarterfinal Heat – 1st place, 4:33.60
· Semifinal Heat 2 – 5th place, 4:42.40
· Finals – Heat B – 1st place (7th overall), 4:39.45
U20 Women – Mary Kretchmer
· Qualifier – 11th place, 5:02.34
· Quarterfinal Heat – 5th place, 5:53.37
Day 1 (3/6/17) – 5km Freestyle Individual Starts
U16 Boys – Josh Valentine, 4th place, 13:06.9
U20 Women – Mary Kretchmer, 15th place, 15:14.7
The Resurgence of the GNA Jumping Program
Ski jumping is alive and well in central New Hampshire! We kicked off the 2017 GNA youth ski jumping program last December with 2 new jumpers, Phoenix and Laslo Beaulieu, age 7 to 9. Both had never jumped before and they excelled very fast. The season started with dry-land training where we worked on balance, timing, and technique. Jumpers also trained on our new roller jump simulator, where we worked on fine-tuning technique before heading to the actual jumps. After the first snow, we moved on to the jumps for the real deal! The beginners started on the 5-meter jump, which we called the pimple, while the more experience jumpers quickly moved on to the 10-meter jump.
Donate to GNA in honor of Lisa Young
In 2014 we lost our friend and president, Lisa Young, to a long battle with breast cancer. We’ll continue to remember her dedication to the club and her love for the sport. In Lisa’s memory, a fund has been set up to benefit Gunstock Nordic Association.
P.O. Box 7493
Gilford, NH 03247
in Memory of Lisa Young
Gunstock Nordic Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Our Tax ID is 02-0333358.
Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.