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Gore’s opening cut short by fickle weather

Attendance still solid

Gore's new snow guns were blasting effectively Thanksgiving Day, but warmer temperatures the following weekend were too much for the machines to overcome. A return to colder temperatures should allow the slopes to re-open the first weekend of December.

Gore's new snow guns were blasting effectively Thanksgiving Day, but warmer temperatures the following weekend were too much for the machines to overcome. A return to colder temperatures should allow the slopes to re-open the first weekend of December.

— Though the weather had some late season hot and cold flashes, Gore’s slopes stayed cool enough for some skiing.

About 1,000 visitors hit the slopes over the three-day weekend, a number in line with last year’s attendance, said Gore spokesperson Emily Stanton.

The new snow guns ran Thanksgiving morning, but were unable to keep up when temperatures climbed during the weekend.

About 10 percent of the complex’s trails were available for the weekend.

They’ve had to close for the early week, but following snowmaking temperatures Wednesday night should be able to reopen Dec. 2.

“We’ll be working absolutely as fast as we can to get as much terrain available as possible,” said Stanton.

This will be the first full Gore season with the interconnect and Hudson Lift available, giving the ski complex the sixth-longest vertical descent in the East, at 2,537 feet of elevation change along five miles of trail.

Food drive helps JBurg pantry

One sign of steady attendance is the success of the food pantry drive at the ticket window.

A promotion offering $20 off lift tickets for two non-perishable food items yielded two pickup trucks full of food for the Johnsburg pantry, said Stanton.

Food pantry director Anita Abrams called the harvest “a saving grace.”

Tuesday morning, before the pickup from Gore, Abrams estimated that the shelves at the pantry were half empty. Now, they’re fully stocked.

The discount food-collection program will run through Dec. 16.

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