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100 new snow guns at Gore expected to enhance skiing, boost North Creek commerce

Gore Mountain Ski Center  is installing 100 new snow guns along their Interconnect trails, and the outcome will be a lengthened skiing season with more open trails, as well as more skiers having the opportunity to ski from Gore to the North Creek Ski Bowl and downtown north Creek, which will undoubtedly draw more people into the mountain town's boutiques, eateries and accommodations.
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Gore Mountain Ski Center is installing 100 new snow guns along their Interconnect trails, and the outcome will be a lengthened skiing season with more open trails, as well as more skiers having the opportunity to ski from Gore to the North Creek Ski Bowl and downtown north Creek, which will undoubtedly draw more people into the mountain town's boutiques, eateries and accommodations. Photo provided

— The cost of purchasing and installing the 100 new snow guns is set at $380,000, with $25,000 of that sum paid with Warren County bed tax receipts. Core members of the county Occupancy Tax Committee met about two weeks ago and endorsed Pratt’s request of $25,000 in full. The project’s cost is to be offset by a $190,000 rebate from National Grid for using energy-efficient equipment Pratt said. The net cost to the state’s Olympic Regional Development Authority is $165,000, according to Gore’s bed tax application, which notes that Gore has about 500 employees, and the new equipment provides the ski center with a crucial competitive advantage. It also states that four new internationally-sanctioned ski events are planned, and they are expected to attract skiing enthusiasts from all over the eastern U.S.

The full Occupancy Tax committee is to meet at 10 a.m. Dec. 3 to give final review to all pending requests for bed tax receipts.

Johnsburg Supervisor Ron Vanselow praised the project and said the county’s anticipated contribution of $25,000 was a good investment.

“This project should substanitally increase the use of the Interconnect and bring more skiers downtown,” Vanselow said.

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