Hudson Chair at the top of Little Gore
Photo by Andy Flynn.
North Creek Gore Mountain ski center will be able to expand its trail system at the Ski Bowl thanks to a new lease agreement between FrontStreet Mountain Development and the town of Johnsburg.
FrontStreet officials announced last week that they have leased the remaining Historic Ski Trails on their Ski Bowl property to the town for winter skiing. The Olympic Regional Development Authority operates the Ski Bowl Park facilities on town land, including a tubing park, historic Village Slopes and an interconnect between the Ski Bowl and the ORDA-run Gore Mountain ski center.
“This action will greatly expand the Ski Bowl portion of Gore Mountain and will help bring skiers into the village of North Creek,” Ski Bowl Village Project Manager Mac Crikelair said in a press release. “We are proud to be part of the public/private effort to expand Gore Mountain and the economy of North Creek.”
This lease adds to the Sept. 15, 2011 agreement in which FrontStreet signed over usage of more than 40 acres of its property to the town so Gore Mountain could construct the Hudson Triple chair lift up to Little Gore and build accompanying trails, including two black diamond glades, the Ski Bowl and Hudson. This new expansion would mean at least one more trail, according to Gore Mountain General Manager Mike Pratt, and it’s consistent with the ski center’s unit management plan and environmental permits.
“Eventually they could be regular trails, but certainly we’ll start with a glade and grow from there,” Pratt said. “The days are getting shorter, and we’ve got a lot on our plate, but hopefully we’ll be skiing over there this winter.”
FrontStreet has now made available more than 80 acres of skiable terrain for Gore Mountain ski center.
“The Ski Bowl Park and related skiing activity is very important to the town,” said Johnsburg Town Supervisor Ron Vanselow. “We are also taking steps with Gore and FrontStreet to expand the parking at the Ski Bowl. There will be hundreds of parking spaces just a short walk to the lifts. Between the additional parking, the additional trails, and changes in the driving patterns, the Interconnect will better serve its purpose to connect the Gore Mountain skiing complex with downtown North Creek, with all the anticipated economic benefits.”
For more information about Gore Mountain, visit online at www.goremountain.com. For more information about the Ski Bowl Village, visit online at www.skibowlvillage.com.