Skiing returns to Little Gore with opening of new triple chair lift

NORTH CREEK Mother Nature cooperated with abundant snow and ample sunshine and state Sen. Betty Little cut the ribbon as the new triple chair lift at Ski Bowl Park officially opened last Friday. The ribbon-cutting marked the town of Johnsburg/Gore collaboration that brought skiing back to Little Gore the towns historic ski hill at Ski Bowl Park. The new lift is called the Village Chair and it also serves an adjacent ski boarding venue that offers varied terrain and a half-pipe. The Village Chair at Ski Bowl Park also serves to return night downhill skiing to North Creek at the well-lighted facility. The terrain on "Village Slope" features a green-circle family-friendly slope of approximately 150' vertical, as well as an adjacent terrain park with a half-pipe for snowboarders. The new skiing and snowboarding opportunities at the North Creek Ski Bowl will compliment the tubing park already there. Gore officials believe they will strengthen Gore Mountain's appeal as a complete winter recreation destination The Grand Opening featured a welcome from Gore General Manager Mike Pratt, acknowledgements and the ribbon cutting ceremony. Following the formalities, the real fun began as skiers and boarders broke in the slopes with their inaugural runs. The Village Chair will operate daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. during holiday periods and on weekends. During non-holiday periods, the lift will operate Thursday and Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Both will be closed Monday through Wednesday during non-holiday periods. Skiing and riding at the Bowl via the Village Chair is available at no additional cost to all season passholders, at any time of day. Skiing and riding at the Bowl is included as part of the Gore Mountain experience. Therefore the price of all daytime lift tickets are the same at the Ski Bowl as they are at Gore, and are valid at any of the mountains 12 lifts during daytime hours. Twilight tickets are available and are valid from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends and during holiday periods and from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays during non-holiday periods. The costs are $29 (ages 13-69), $19 juniors (ages 7-12). Guests who have a current lift ticket (single or multi-day) can purchase a Ski Bowl twilight upgrade for $16, ($5 off for frequent skier cardholders who have not yet purchased a lift ticket that day.) The tubing offers 800 foot chutes serviced by a handle tow lift. Children must be 36 inches tall or taller to ride the handle tow. Those smaller may enjoy a complimentary tube ride on a smaller more gentle slope nearby. The tubing tow operates the same hours as the Village Chair and all visitors pay at a rate of $16 for two hours of service. For more information about the Village Chair, the tubing hill or any of Gores facilities, visit the resorts website at www.goremountain.com

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