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Gore Mountain ski center to open Friday

Gore Mountain ski center in North Creek was making snow on the upper slopes when this photo was taken Thursday, Nov. 15. The facility opens for the 2012-13 season on Friday, Nov. 23.

Gore Mountain ski center in North Creek was making snow on the upper slopes when this photo was taken Thursday, Nov. 15. The facility opens for the 2012-13 season on Friday, Nov. 23. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The Gore Mountain ski center is expected to open for the 2012-13 season Friday, Nov. 23, according to General Manager Mike Pratt.

Workers began making snow Nov. 5, and despite a warm spell a week later, the temperatures have been ideal at night over the past two weeks to make enough snow for opening day.

Gore’s sister ski center — Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington — also began making snow the night of Nov. 5 and opened for the season on Saturday, Nov. 17. Both facilities are operated by the Olympic Regional Development Authority, based in Lake Placid.

Gore spokesperson Emily Stanton said there will be two routes available from Bear Mountain on opening day.

This past summer was spent adding five sets of hydrants with tower guns to the green-circle “Sunway” trail, as well as putting additional tower guns on the mid-mountain Saddle Area, “2B”, “Showcase,” and “Pine Knot.”

Three new grooming tractors for 2012/2013 include a winch for grooming steep terrain, a free groomer, and a multi-season tractor that will mow trails in summer and maintain tubing lanes in winter.

Gore has built four small crossover trails on the lower mountain. When three of them are used together, they can bring a skier efficiently from "Echo" on Burnt Ridge Mountain to the loading area of the Northwoods Gondola. When used separately, they improve access to and from Burnt Ridge, add interest to the layout of the East Side trails, and could allow more sections of trail to open earlier in the season.

“Twister’s Little Sister” was previously a small glade, but it has been completely cleared and widened for grooming. This connector joins "Twister" to "Echo." “Crystal” sits just below the area where "Twister's Little Sister" comes into “Echo,” creating an option to bring guests from "Echo" to "Twister." “Tower 6” provides access from "Twister" to "Showcase" and “Showoff “ creates an easy descent to the gondola by bringing skiers from "Showcase" to "The Arena."

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