Gore opens Ski Bowl for season

Hudson Chair opens Dec. 28

Two snowboarders enjoy the view at Gore Mountain ski center from Bear Mountain’s Uncas Trail on Christmas Eve several years ago.

Two snowboarders enjoy the view at Gore Mountain ski center from Bear Mountain’s Uncas Trail on Christmas Eve several years ago. Gore Mountain staff

— By Wednesday, Dec. 26, there were 11 lifts and 36 trails open — 56 percent of the terrain — with a base depth of 15-25 inches.

That’s every lift but three — the Hudson Chair (Ski Bowl), High Peaks Chair and Burnt Ridge Quad — and the High Peaks Chair was set to open Dec. 27.

Before the Dec. 27 snowstorm, much of the North Creek Ski Bowl was operational — minus the Hudson Chair, 46er and Half Pipe — with tubing, alpine skiing and snowboarding on the Village Slopes. In addition to the 800-foot lift-serviced tubing lanes and the Village Chair, Gore began offering snowshoeing and nordic skiing as well (including rentals).

“We are working on a 2K loop that will incorporate, but not interfere with, the areas we presently use for tubing and skiing,” said Gore General Manager Mike Pratt. “Multi-use terrain at the North Creek Ski Bowl increases the diversity of our winter activities, so more people can enjoy this region's recreational opportunities.”

Gore Mountain officials announced after the Dec. 27 storm that they expect to open the Hudson Chair on Friday, Dec. 28. At the time, there were 13 lifts and 73 trails open (80 percent of the terrain), with 15 inches of fresh powder and a base of 20-36 inches. That left the Burnt Ridge Quad as the only lift that wasn't open on Dec. 28.

Stanton said Gore looks forward to welcoming regional nordic teams that might want to practice at the Ski Bowl, plus visitors coming to North Creek by road or rail.

“The close proximity of the Ski Bowl to the train station also offers all guests of the Saratoga-North Creek Railway an easy way to spend part of their day on the snow, if they are looking for an alternative to skiing or snowboarding,” Stanton said.

Gore also held some events this past weekend. The Lumberjack Log Jam freestyle contest was held on Dec. 22 on the Lower Sleighride trail, and Gore welcomed its first NYSEF race of the season on the lowest portion of Showcase Dec. 22-23.

Also, the completely renovated Tannery Pub & Restaurant in the Gore Mountain Base Lodge — complete with brand-new kitchen, bar and taps, seating, and bathrooms — kicked off its busy live music schedule.

For more information, visit online at www.goremountain.com.

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