Gunstock Mountain Resort and the Gunstock Ski Club are excited to welcome the Francis Piche racers. We are committed to creating a positive experience for participants and spectators.
The Francis Piche Invitational race commemorates the life of local figure Francis Piche, who promoted the sport of skiing in the Lakes Region and founded the Piche's Ski Shop. Not only was he an accomplished skier, 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, first run in 1970, was originally called the Tompson Trophy. In 1995 the event was renamed in honor of Francis Piche.
Event apparel Online Store. Purchases will be available for pickup at the event or can be ordered for shipping until (date to be set).
Updated Jun 14, 2023
- updated with dates and preliminary information for 2024 event
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.
The Stockade Lodge is serving lunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Historic Lodge has food service options available whenever Gunstock is open.
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 dogs and skiers Gunstock Mountain policy does not allowed dogs on the snow. Service dogs with a vest are permitted. Thank you for your cooperation