COMING FOR 2014/2015...
ADIRONDACK EXPRESS II- We are excited to be replacing our Adirondack Express triple with a new high-speed detachable quad. The new lift will offer guests a smoother, faster, and more reliable ride out of our primary Base Area, and the new unloading zone near the Saddle Lodge will be lowered and restructured to provide an easier egress to the slopes. Adirondack Express II has a capacity of 2,400 people per hour, 300 more than the previous lift. Padded chairs and eight fewer towers will make for an extremely comfortable ride, and the lift can operate almost 40% faster than its predecessor.
After unloading from the Adirondack Express II, access terrain on Gore, Bear, Burnt Ridge, and Little Gore Mountains. Connector trails to facilitate getting around Gore Mountain's vast four-peak network of development, such as "Hedges" that opened last season, will continue to be added.
The previous triple was the oldest high-speed lift in North America, which made for complicated maintenance and part replacement. 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 Governor Cuomo's 2014-'15 budget.
MORE SNOWMAKING, AGAIN! 22 new permanent, high-efficiency tower guns have been acquired for our big and beautiful Topridge trail! Also look for new snowmaking placed around the Pipeline Bridge to further improve our Interconnect with the Historic North Creek Ski Bowl.
TRAIL WORK- Gore is introducing four new glades! Abenaki Glades, which connect Sagamore on Burnt Ridge Mountain to the Pipeline Traverse; The Narrows, which offer skiers a lively alternative to the Headwaters trail; Birch Bark Alley, which links the Lower Cloud Traverse to the Woodchuck trail and The High Peaks Chair; and MacIntyre Glades, which is loaded with balsams and connects Cloud to Upper Steilhang. Echo, our signature trail on Burnt Ridge Mountain that recently received FIS and USSA race certifications, has been widened up to 20 feet in some areas. Significant regrading on Showcase and Foxlair will allow for both of those intermediate trails to open faster and more efficiently.
BETTER FOR BEGINNERS- Guests will find an all-new loading area and base station at the Sunway Chair. The J-Bar is getting a new "soft start" feature to provide an easier experience when the lift restarts in that first-timer area. In addition, "Parallel from the Start" will offer first-time skiers ages 13+ a new way to learn using specialized equipment and learning techniques.
OTHER RECENT WORK
TRAIL WORK Four new trails opened during 2013/2014. The largest trail expansion was the "Boreas Glades," offering an amazing Burnt Ridge Mountain adventure! The "Hedges" trail provided new access from the top of the Burnt Ridge Quad to the "Tahawus" trail on the North Side. Two other new glades, "Ridge Runner Glades" and "Little Gore Glades" enhanced Gore Mountain's ongoing re-development of the Historic North Creek Ski Bowl. The lower portion of "Moxham" was widened for better access into the North Creek Ski Bowl as well as making a better starting location for freestyle events.
CHILDREN'S PROGRAM MAKEOVER Extensive renovations to the children's learning experience included the installation of a new 150' conveyor lift. Similar to moving walkways at airports, conveyors transport beginner skiers and riders uphill safely and easily. The new Greenway Conveyor is accessible from just outside the Mountain Adventure Center in the Northwoods Lodge. From the top of it, children can: a) ski back down; b) access the base of the Bear Cub Poma; c) board a second 100' conveyor; or d) explore the newly improved terrain garden offering gentle earthen features that help develop skills and shape turns. Meanwhile, the interior of the Mountain Adventure Center was expanded by approximately 30% and features an improved registration and ticketing area.
SNOWMAKING Snowmaking enhancements included powerful tower-mounted fan guns in both the Saddle area above the entrance to "Twister" and on "Cloud." Additional pipe work, tower gun installations, and other reconfigurations that add to the strength and efficiency of the system are in place.
CORDUROY CAFE To the left of the Tannery Pub entrance, we built a new service area for specialty coffee drinks and morning snacks to start your ski day, as well as wind-down beverages and small menu to end it.
TANNERY DECK Our new deck off the recently renovated Tannery Pub & Restaurant seats 108 people with slopeside views! This serves as a popular gathering place for enjoying food, drink, and live entertainment outdoors year-round.
NINE SIDES OF FOUR MOUNTAINS
Gore offers the most terrain in NYS and 2537’ vertical. We are committed to improvements that always make our 41 miles and 444+ acres of fun a better experience. Here’s a small sample of what you’ll find at Gore:
- An 8-passenger high-speed gondola, servicing every level of terrain, including the easier-rated “Ruby Run” Trail
- Seven individual mountain areas, each independently offering their own mountain adventure
- The Northwoods Lodge, a newly built Base Area facility that conveniently centralizes rentals, ticketing, children's programs, daycare, and group sales, and serves as a one-stop shop for families
- A snowmaking system linked to the endless water supply of the Hudson River
- Five freestyle areas, offering unique experiences for the beginner, intermediate, and expert freestyler
- 24 different glades providing extensive backcountry excitement
- A Base Lodge with over 7,500 square feet of recently renovated space
- ”The Rumor,” arguably the steepest trail in the East
SUMMER & FALL
An array of summer and fall attractions are available! Scenic gondola rides, hiking, and downhill mountain biking are accompanied by base area fun including a climbing wall, inflatables, bungee trampoline, indoor and outdoor miniature golf, and disc golf. Our events calendar featuring cooking classes, photography sessions, a 5K trail run, and much more offers numerous opportunities for health, education, and enjoyment.
Centerplate's newly built Open Pit Grille on the sundeck serves a complete summer and fall menu of southern specialties and BBQ favorites. Informative signage interesting to all ages about ecology and history now designates Base Area and Bear Mountain hiking routes. The new additions add to the scenic gondola rides and downhill mountain biking that were already available during the off-season.