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Francis Piche Invitational

presented by Gunstock Mountain Resort

Gunstock Mountain Resort is excited to welcome the Francis Piche racers. We are committed to creating a positive experience for all our guests, including the participants and spectators of the race program at Gunstock Ski Club.

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.




Event Apparel

Event apparel Online Store.  Purchases will be available for pickup at the event or can be ordered for shipping until (date to be set).


Our on-hill photographer is GSC alumna Karen Bobotas, she takes photos like the one above all weekend. Visit Karen's website to purchase prints.

Updated Mar 6, 2023
- clarified refund policy, clarified that sibling training options are targeted at U12/U14 athletes

Bibs & Awards

Athletes receive a commemorative bib, event t-shirt and other fun items to take with them when they register. 

There is an awards ceremony at the completion of each day where we  will hand out unique awards made locally in NH by Koolstewl.


Visit the Lodging section of the Gunstock Mountain Resort website for recommendations on area lodging and restaurants.

Food Service

The Stockade Lodge is serving lunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Historic Lodge has food service options available whenever Gunstock is open.

Ski Shop

Gunstock Ski & Sport will have complimentary Demo gear available on Friday, March 18 from Head, Armada, Elan, and Fisher.

Be sure to stop in to pick up last-minute items, logo gear, and souvenirs.


We love dogs, but for the safety of both dogs and skiers, dogs are not allowed on the snow. This is a Gunstock Mountain policy. Service dogs with a vest are permitted.  Thank you for your cooperation