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Francis Piche Invitational

The Francis Piche Invitational race commemorates the life of local figure Francis Piche, who founded the Piche's Ski Shop and did much to promote the sport of skiing in the Lakes Region. Not only was he an accomplished skier and racer but he also coached local youth and worked at the Belknap Recreation Area (now Gunstock Mountain Resort) in the late 1930's.

After returning home from WWII in 1945 he ran his shop on nights and weekends and was active in local skiing groups such as the Gilford Outing Club and the Winnipesaukee Ski Club (now GSC).

The race, originally called the Thompson Trophy, was named in honor of Francis Piche in 1995.