Town to celebrate 75th anniversary of Gore 'ski train'

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 at 10:30 a.m. March 4 on the platform of the North Creek Depot Museum. Johnsburg Town Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed will lead this opening ceremony. Goodspeed will speak, along with others, about the past and future of North Creek and Gore Mountain.

The Depot 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.

That evening, the public is invited to a wine and cheese reception to be held at 7 p.m. in the lower level of Tannery Pond Community Center. The event will be hosted by the Schenectady Wintersports Club - the club that sponsored the original ski train - and will feature a showcase of historic photos and ski-train memorabilia. The reception will be followed by a series of historic ski films narrated by Bill Schaefer. This event is open to the public at no charge.

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

A fireworks display at 7:50 p.m. Saturday March 7 at the North Creek Ski Bowl will mark the end of the celebration Live entertainment will follow the display. For information contact the Depot Museum at 251-5842.

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