Gore Mountain Ski Center, North Creek, opens for the season on Friday, Nov. 25.
NORTH CREEK Business and ski center officials are rolling out the red carpet for hundreds of Canadian visitors this coming week.
Skiers from Quebec — including a three-day bus tour — were in town this past week, taking advantage of the extra snow at the Gore Mountain Ski Center, according to General Manager Mike Pratt. It is a week-long holiday in Quebec this week.
For the coming week, it is a week-long holiday for Ontario residents, and Gore Mountain will be welcoming about 500 skiers from the Toronto area, a group that has been coming to North Creek for 11 years. The ski center will be holding special events for the group, including a reunion party at the base lodge, inner tube races, a group photos and food specials.
Recognizing the importance of bringing those visitors to the business district, Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce officials are giving out welcome packages to members of this tour, including coupons for restaurants and other establishments.
“They come to ski,” said Chamber Director Pat Hamilton, adding that it has been a challenge attracting these skiers to downtown North Creek.
Hence, the welcome package and coupons are designed to help with that effort. Also, the tour will be showing a film at the Tannery Pond Community Center, and the Chamber has organized a special two-hour trip to Thurman on the Saratoga-North Creek Railway, embarking at the North Creek train station at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 15. The trip is also open to the public, and people interested in taking a train ride should contact the Chamber at 251-2612. It is $12 for coach seats (dome seats are already sold out).