"History has always been a critical part of [R165R, Gunstock], and what the area is all about," Greg Goddard, the resort's general manager, told OnTheSnow.com.

Skiing in Belknap County, along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, began in the 1930s.

Ski jumping came first, then tows, Goddard said.

The jumps were developed starting in 1934, three years before construction of the ski area began as a Depression-era federal works project. Work on the ski trails was carried out in 1937 and '38, Goddard said.

Route 11A was built in 1934 and '35 to get to the ski jumping venue, Goddard said.

The jumps were last used eight years ago, and fell into disuse as interest waned, he said.

"There were no jumpers, because all the kids were into cross-country Nordic skiing, not jumping. They didn't have any jumpers. We sealed up the buildings as best we could," he said.

Then Carol Anderson took an interest in the 70-meter ski jump.

"She said, ‘That's something worth saving.' She started a movement that became an organization, and took the idea to Seven to Save through the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance," Goddard said.

Each year the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance picks seven things relating to New Hampshire history that it deems worth saving.

"We made the top of the list in 2008 with the 70-meter ski jump," Goddard said.

"The good news is that's very prestigious. The bad news is there's no funding attached," he said.

The Gunstock Mountain Historic Preservation Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group, was created to raise money and carry the project forward.

"The mission is to preserve everything to do with the history of skiing in Belknap County," Goddard said.

The group received a $5,000 grant from the New Hampshire Library to preserve documents relating to Gunstock's history.

If the project succeeds, and Goddard is certain it will, ski jumping competitions will return to the hills above Lake Winnipesaukee.

More information.   Or e-mail Carol Anderson: Carol@BerryPatchHollow.com