If it's winter, it's about Gore Mountain Ski Resort. This season should be even more exciting, with a number of improvements and expansions throughout the resort.
Skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing; whatever your winter sport, chances are you can enjoy it even more at Gore.
In 1934, the first snow train brought 378 winter enthusiasts to North Creek where they skied this natural bowl of snow. Now, groomed trails offer alpine skiing, a half pipe and boarder/skierX earthen course, Nordic skiing, and snowshoeing.
More winter fun
Gore got its name by being overlooked. "Gore" is the reference to unsurveyed territory, and the area of Gore Mountain was left off early maps of the Adirondacks.
But it is certainly not overlooked now. Except in the scenery sense, of course.
Gore Mountain has expanded their snowmaking with an eye to their environmental impact. They have replaced older guns with higher efficiency items that use less energy. Gore's latest ground-mounted solar panels on 20 acres are ready to offset 85% of the mountain's energy use. Other strategies are their use of locally produced food when possible, revamping trails for better energy conservation, and recycled trail development of the historic North Creek Ski Bowl.
This is how Gore earned the Golden Eagle Award for Overall Environmental Excellence, the industry’s most prestigious honor for recognizing resort environmental programs.
Nine sides of four peaks have been developed for downhill, glade skiing, skiboarding, and a Nordic system, with 11 trails and increased snowmaking and grooming reach.
More ways to take a break
The process of taking a break for food, drink, and fireplaces has been upgraded. From the past, we can warm up in a yurt.
For the future, the mid-mountain Saddle Lodge is explanding to more than double its previous size. There is a choice of full service or a food court, and those floor-to-ceiling windows, with their views of the Adirondack High Peaks to the north, continue providing some gorgeous vistas.
Above, Saddle Lodge is even more fun now.
Below, the construction process.
There's also a complete renovation of the original 1967 gondola unloading station at Gore’s summit, Straight Brook Lodge. There will be restrooms, vending machines, and a warmup and socialization area. But Gore's history is still there in the retention of most of the original structure and lift machinery.
Gore knows there's more than one way to warm you up, too. Their chef's chili won a recent Bands and Beans competiton, which drew entries from all over the Southern Adirondacks.
The Northwoods Lodge building has a larger rental and repair shop, with increased rental and demo fleet inventories.
More kid stuff
This coming season will also see an expansion of the children’s Mountain Adventure program facilities.
This full service kids program covers instruction and specialized rentals to children from 4 to 12. There's also a Start and Learn To Snowboard program for first-time skiers 13 and older. There's a new 150-foot long Greenway Conveyor, a moving walkway to take beginner skiers and riders uphill with ease and confidence. Choose from two-hour sessions all the way to all-day adventures.
The Mini Learning Park is for beginner skiers and riders, ages 4 to 6, with specially-sized, small snow features. These encourage younger children with their balance, control, and foot movements. It makes for faster skills, letting them ride lifts sooner and explore trails happily. Let your child join a group based on their abilities or ask about personalized coaching.
From six months to 6 years of age, non-skiing children can stay at the Bear Cub Den day care at the resort.
Fun doesn't end
Ski all day and into the night if you wish. Gore has twilight skiing, too. A Gore Mountain lift ticket will include same-day access to twilight skiing at the North Creek Ski Bowl. Have fun under the lights, serviced by the Village Chair, hang out at the yurt, and consider the new Nordic Center or the Village Slopes with half pipe and boarder/skierX.
They also have a podcast that help you keep up with the snow forecast. On weekends there are massages at the base lodge, with special ski emphasis, like the "Pine Knot Remover" and the "Un-Twister." All this and shuttle service, too.
It all adds up to a lovely day you won't want to end. But it will be there tomorrow.
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