History rolls into town

NORTH CREEK - As the passenger train rolled to a stop in front of the North Creek Depot Station on March 4, 1934, the passengers aboard knew they were making history.

On this day, the first "ski train" arrived in North Creek and this small Adirondack community suddenly found itself in the midst of a legacy that continues today.

To commemorate this historic event, the North Creek Depot Museum has joined together with Gore Mountain to celebrate the arrival's 75th anniversary.

The celebration will begin on March 4, at 10:30 a.m., on the platform of the North Creek Depot Museum. Town of Johnsburg Supervisor, Sterling Goodspeed, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Goodspeed will speak, along with several invited guests, about the past and future of North Creek and Gore Mountain.

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Museum will open for the event along with the adjacent Owens House Gallery. Visitors are invited to enjoy refreshments aboard an Upper Hudson River Railroad train car.

On the evening of March 4, the public is invited to a wine and cheese reception to be held in the lower level of Tannery Pond Community Center at 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by the Schenectady Wintersports Club and will feature a showcase of historic photos and ski train memorabilia.

The reception will be followed at 7:30 p.m. by a series of historic ski films narrated by Bill Schaefer. The Lois Perret ski patrol award will be presented and the event is free and open to the public.

On Thursday, March 5, skiers are invited to Gore Mountain for a guided ski from the summit to the historic North Creek Ski Bowl at 3 p.m. A return shuttle to the Gore base lodge will be provided beginning at 4 p.m.

A Coca-Cola Fireworks display will mark the end of the official celebration on Saturday, March 7, at the North Creek Ski Bowl, beginning at 7:50 p.m. Live entertainment will follow the display.

For more information contact the Depot Museum at (518) 251-5842 or Gore Mountain at (518) 251-2411.

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