North Creek The Gore Mountain ski center opened for the season on Friday, Nov. 23 with one lift and five groomed trails.
The on-time opening was only possible thanks to the facility’s snowmaking capabilities, as North Creek has not received measurable snow all season, except on the highest elevations of Gore.
About 8 percent of the ski center’s terrain was open on Nov. 23, according to the snow report, with 6-16 inches of base and conditions of wet granular snow.
There were more than 2 miles of terrain open, serviced by the Northwoods Gondola for intermediate and expert skiers.
The North Creek Ski Bowl was not open for ski season’s first weekend.
Ruby Run and Foxlair were available off Bear Mountain, joining up with Sunway, Quicksilver, 3B and Jamboree for a run back to the bottom of the mountain.
There were also a few terrain park features open, including a down culvert and double barrel down rail at the top of Pine Knot. The new fixed fan gun located there made the opening of the terrain park possible.
“Do be aware, some areas of thin cover on this first day out,” Gore Mountain spokesperson Emily Stanton said in the Nov. 23 More Gore podcast. “As always, just have lots of fun while skiing and riding with care.”
Temperatures reached about 50 degrees on opening day.
Snowmakers were also working on Otter Slide, Showcase, Sleighride, Stokes and The Arena.
While snowfall has been non-existent in recent weeks, the nighttime temperatures have been mostly in the teens and 20s since Gore began making snow on Nov. 5. That allowed staff to make enough snow for opening day.
On Opening Weekend, skiers and snowboarders can save $20 per ticket if they donate two non-perishable food items at the ticket window.
Gore Mountain is operated by the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA). Its sister ski center in the Adirondacks, Whiteface in Wilmington, opened for the season on Nov. 17. ORDA is also operating Belleayre Mountain ski center in the Catskills for the first time this winter. Belleayre managers had to postpone opening day due to warm temperatures.
For more information, check out www.goremountain.com.