Adirondack Express to get a facelift

Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The Adirondack Express will look very different when skiers return to Gore Mountain.

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced state funding for a project to replace the current Adirondack Express, the oldest high-speed lift in North America, with a new Adirondack Express II, which will be a high-speed detachable quad.

“This is a landmark improvement for Gore that will give customers a very comfortable ride out of our primary base area,” Emily Stanton of Gore said. “It will be similar to our Burnt Ridge High Speed Quad to give people a reference.”

The Adirondack Express II project is enabled in part by increased investments in New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) facilities that were included as part of Cuomo’s 2014-’15 budget.

The new unloading zone near the mid-mountain Saddle Lodge will be lowered and restructured to provide an easier egress to the slopes.

“The lifts have been ordered and the work is starting now,” Stanton said. “From this lift you will be able to access the rest of the mountain. This is a massive place to move people around and this new lift will help us do that more effectively.”

The Adirondack Express II will have a capacity of 2,400 people per hour, 300 more than the previous lift. Padded chairs and eight fewer towers will make for a comfortable ride and the lift can operate 38 percent faster than its predecessor.

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