Due to concerns about COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution, the Gunstock Ski Club (“GSC”) has decided to cancel the Francis Piche Invitational race weekend. While no one associated with the event is known to be infected, this difficult decision has been made as a precaution. The health and safety of athletes, volunteers, parents and spectators is of paramount importance in these uncertain times. The decision to cancel the event follows on the decision by the US Ski and Snowboard Association to cancel all remaining events in 2020, including U14 Eastern Championships and European World Cup events.
Additional information has been communicated via email to everyone registered for the event. Refunds were issued in the evening on Saturday, March 14. If you did not pick up your bib, event t-shirt and other items, we will be mailing these to you It may take use a week or two to get everything in the mail. Please email the Race Administrator with any questions. Thank you.
The Francis Piche Invitational race commemorates the life of local figure Francis Piche, who founded the Piche's Ski Shop and promoted 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 the local skiing groups. The race, originally called the Thompson Trophy, was named in honor of Francis Piche in 1995.