NORTH CREEK - Effects of the Interconnect between Gore Mountain and the historic North Creek Ski Bowl will be evident in the coming months, according to local and mountain officials.
With the addition of new trails and a Brant Lake taxi provided by the Business Alliance, the upcoming season will mark the first time skiers can actually ski to the ski bowl, have access to the village and transportation back to Gore.
"In order to tie the mountain with the village, the key is transportation, which is now available to skiers," said Gore Mountain Marketing Director Emily Stanton.
The shuttle will run all season from the mountain to the ski bowl and the village of North Creek. This is pivotal to the success of the Interconnect, according to Johnsburg Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed.
"I think the Interconnect will start to create jobs and we are definitely going to feel a buzz about it this season," said Goodspeed.
Gore has made considerable improvements to the Cedars trail that opened last year, connecting the base of Gore to the new Burnt Ridge Quad. Other trails open to public skiing this year are the Pipeline trails, which will connect skiers from the base of the North Quad to a new trail called Eagle's Nest delivering them to the base of the Burnt Ridge Quad. More importantly, when snow conditions permit, skiers will be able to ski Pipeline all the way to the ski bowl - providing the first true access to the ski bowl.
"The newness is two-fold," said Goodspeed. "The new ski bowl trail cuts debut next season and the one-way connect opens this season."
With this new access comes added opportunities for the shops, restaurants and services in the village of North Creek. Goodspeed expects increased foot traffic and a positive effect on local businesses due to the improvements in tourist access from the mountain.