Gilford Tow
Gilford Outing Club
Gilford, NH
Late 1940's
The Gilford Outing Club operated a rope tow in Gilford in two locations: the east side of School House Hill in the late 1940's, and another much longer lasting site on Rte 11A near Gunstock from 1950 to 1992. This is the original location. 

To the right is a Topo image of the approximate location of this brief ski area. The aerial does not show anything that indicated where the former ski area was. 

Kyle Mikulis found some information on the early history of the Gilford Outing Club: The Gilford Outing Club moved to the "Gilford Tow" site in 1950, after having used a single rope tow on the east side of School House Hill for a few years in the late 40's.  I used to walk to school along School House Hill Rd. and do not recall seeing any evidence of the old rope tow that was once located in the pasture there.

Listings by the Year

Year Lifts Trails Other Info Source
1949 800' tow 2 practice slopes Located 5 miles from Laconia, warming hut, lunches, ski instructions Winter Sports Map of NH
1949 800' tow same same World Ski Book (copy sent by Wayne and Cynthia Silver)

For more information on what happened to the area after 1950, click here to view part 2.

Does anybody else remember skiing here? Please email us and let us know.

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