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Burnt Ridge expansion progresses at Gore

NORTH CREEK Just two short weeks after the end of a banner 2007/2008 winter season, components of a new quad chairlift have already arrived and Gore Mountain is in full swing preparing for this falls opening of the Burnt Ridge Mountain Expansion. The new development will feature the debut of the high-speed Burnt Ridge Quad, servicing five new trails plus glades. The new terrain, with 1,436 vertical feet, will increase Gore Mountains total vertical drop to 2,300 feet, the eighth greatest in the eastern United States. Burnt Ridge Mountain is one of Gores four peaks of development. The trails will be a unique mix of intermediate, expert, and gladed runs located among an array of various tree species and interesting geologic formations. Like the recently constructed terrain on Bear Mountain, Gore Mountain will continue to theme trail names after the Great Camps of the Adirondacks, introducing Sagamore, Cedars, Hedges, and Echo. Guests should also look for Sagamore Glades and The Gully connector trail. The black diamond Sagamore is similar in pitch to Bear Mountains Topridge, except that it is wider and offers more vertical. Cedars will transport guests from the Gore Mountain base area to the bottom of the Burnt Ridge Quad, while the lengthy blue-square Echo trail neighbors Twister Glades. The Hedges connects skiers from the top of the new chair to Twister. The Burnt Ridge expansion comes on the heels of landmark Gore Mountain improvements, including the December 2007 openings of both the Northwoods Lodge by Lincoln Logs and the new Village Chair at the North Creek Ski Bowl. The Northwoods Lodge improved convenience and service for every Gore Mountain guest, especially beginners and families, while making new space and services available in the Base Lodge. The North Creek Ski Bowl expansion brought the first-ever aerial lift, terrain park, and night skiing experience to the historic area. Upon celebrating a record-breaking 2007/2008 season, it was recently announced that Gore Mountain was voted Best Terrain in the Northeast by visitors of OnTheSnow.com, a popular website of snow sports enthusiasts. During 2007/2008, Gore Mountain hosted 23 family-oriented events, 18 NYSEF (New York Ski Education Foundation) events including freestyle skiercross and boardercross at the North Creek Ski Bowl, 23 adult ski and snowboard specialty clinics, and 6 Town of Johnsburg community events.

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