New General Manager of Gunstock Mountain Resort, NH, Announced After 4-Month Search

New General Manager of Gunstock Mountain Resort, NH, Announced After 4-Month Search

New General Manager of Gunstock Mountain Resort, NH, Announced After 4-Month SearchNew General Manager of Gunstock Mountain Resort, NH, Announced After 4-Month Search
Gunstock Mountain Resort, NH. Photo: Resort Facebook

After a four-month nationwide search to replace retiring President and CEO Tom Day, the Gunstock Area Commission (GAC) announced today that they have selected Robert Drake for the position effective August 5, 2024. GAC Chairman Doug Lambert announced, “Robert’s love of skiing, his diverse business background inside and outside the industry, and his community-minded perspective make him a natural fit for Gunstock and an exciting choice to continue the success that Tom and the management team have achieved. The GAC looks forward to working with Robert as he takes the helm of our beloved ski area.”

Drake, an industry veteran with roots in Montana, most recently served as general manager of operations for Middlebury Snowbowl in Vermont. The ski area, which has called itself a “Vermont Original” since 1934, is owned and operated by Middlebury College, where he began his East Coast skiing career after leaving his adopted home of Bozeman, Montana, in 2022. Prior to 2022, Drake served as assistant GM at Bridger Bowl Ski Area in Bozeman, Montana, and as Director of Sales, Marketing and Lodging Services at Red Lodge Mountain Resort in Red Lodge, Montana.

Tom Day added: “Robert’s experience working with the board and association at Bridger Bowl, which is community owned and operated, is important. The community here is very involved and interested in Gunstock’s success and everything that happens here. Robert understands that and we think he is a great fit for the demands of this role.”

Robert Drake.

Drake also served as vice president of operations at Wildfire Defense Systems in Bozeman, Montana, where he took on the role of operational strategist for the wildland fire advisory and field services firm. He has served on the boards of the Montana Ski Areas Association, Silver Run Ski Club, Fat Tire Frenzy MTB Festival and the Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club.

Like Robert, his wife and three children are avid skiers, who have been an invaluable support to him during his professional career. His oldest son raced for Rocky Mountain College and still lives in Montana, where he is the head under-14 alpine skiing coach for the Bridger Ski Foundation.

Regarding his upcoming move to Gunstock, Drake says: “I have a deep-rooted passion for snowsports and the ski industry and am thrilled to have been chosen to continue Tom Day’s legacy and lead Gunstock into a new era of excellence. I look forward to working with a team of equally passionate colleagues and joining the vibrant New Hampshire Lakes Region and Seacoast ski and ride communities. Through a commitment to innovation and delivering unparalleled guest experiences, Gunstock will continue to chart a path of excellence both on and off the slopes. I look forward to the opportunity to make Gunstock my home for years to come.”

Jade Wood, GAC Vice-Chair and member of the Commission’s five-member selection committee, noted: “Gunstock is an excellent model for organizational and community-supported resilience. The selection process confirmed that the relationship between the management team and the committee is well-positioned for continued self-sufficiency, measured growth and careful financial calibration. We are incredibly grateful for Tom’s vision, passion and execution, and we wish him the best in his retirement. It is with great anticipation and hope that we welcome Robert Drake as the new President and CEO of Gunstock Mountain Resort.”

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