North Creek Operators of the Gore Mountain ski center expect to open for at least one more weekend as the lingering winter weather has kept spring skiing an option for residents and visitors.
Sunday, April 21 will be Ski Day No. 140 at Gore, crushing last year’s number of ski days, which was 107, according to Gore Mountain Marketing Manager Emily Stanton.
“We’ve gone daily since the day after Thanksgiving right up to now,” Stanton said on Thursday, April 11 as it was snowing in North Creek.
The ski center opened on Friday, Nov. 23 and stayed open daily until Sunday, April 7, when there were 58 trails and eight lifts operational (about 60 percent of the mountain). The facility was then closed during the week and reopened April 13-14 with 43 trails and four lifts. It was closed again during this past week and will be open Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21. The day care and snow sports school, however, are closed for the season.
One of the main reasons for staying open later this year was the amount of snowfall, which was above average at 165 inches.
“We had a phenomenal season between the improvements we’ve made and the enthusiasm from our skiers as well as a really great start to our season pass sales campaign for 2013-14,” Stanton said.
Gore employees are already busy working on the 2013-14 winter season, and they’re planning the summer and fall season events and activities schedule.
Gore held its annual Pond Skimming Contest on Saturday, April 6. In 2012, it was canceled because the ski season ended abruptly on March 22 after unseasonably warm weather.
Pond skimming results
•King (age 20 and older): first, Mike Pomarico, Newburgh; second, Jacob Sauer-Jones, Johnsburg; and third, Brian Ducey, Pittsfield, Mass.
•Queen (age 20 and older): first, Erin Baxter, Jersey City; second, Catlin Renaud, Saratoga Springs; and third, Meghan Dolan, Cohoes.
•Prince (age 13-19): first, Samuel Radley, Clifton Park; second, David Onzo, Northville; and third, Sean Meyer, Sloatsburg.
•Princess (age 13-19): first, Madison Pomarico, Newburgh; second, Celina Onzo, Northville; and third, Agathe Doyan, Saratoga Springs.
•Frog (age 12 and under): first, Mason Dils, Watervliet; second, Kevin Meyer, Sloatsburg; and third, Frank Tunney, Voorheesville.
•Frogette (age 12 and under): first, Milana Pomarico, Newburgh; second, Lauren Heller, Slingerlands; and third, Allyson Eicher, Queensbury.