WHAT'S THE LATEST NEWS?
Our signature project during the last year was the signing of a two-project, 25-year solar energy contract. We've since constructed 14,589 ground-mounted solar panels on 20 acres; those panels will start producing energy in summer 2016 and are poised to offset 85% of the mountain's energy use. Gore also continued its long-term investment in high-efficiency snowmaking by converting some of our snowmaking pumps to operate on variable rather than fixed drives. In 2015 we introduced service of locally produced foods, and we're planning to expand upon those offerings for 16/17. We've also offset energy use through strategic trail modifications, added "recycled” trails to the map, and made several other environmentally-friendly enhancements that guests can see, enjoy, and learn about each day!
Gore was recently presented with the esteemed Golden Eagle Award for Overall Environmental Excellence. These awards are overseen in a partnership between SKI Magazine and National Ski Areas Association, and are the industry’s most prestigious honor for recognizing resort environmental programs and projects.
Lift & Lodge Improvements
Spring 2016 delivered a NEW cable for the Northwoods Gondola and a shortened cable for Adirondack Express II. Important lift maintenance is always underway to keep your rides as fast and smooth as we can make them. You'll be impressed by the sleek new flooring that we're installing on the upper level of the Base Lodge.
OTHER RECENT WORK
MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS AT THE NORTH CREEK SKI BOWL- Be one of the first to check out a long, narrow black diamond run (Hudson) that follows the original profile of some of North Creek's earliest skiing. Meanwhile, never-before snowmaking capabilities now benefit the entire Ski Bowl experience, especially the 46ER and Hudson trails. Getting there is even easier thanks to The Peace Pipe, a new crossover trail linking Tahawus on the North Side to Pipeline Traverse.
MORE GORE, MORE NEW TOWER GUNS! Yet another fresh fleet of high-efficiency towers was installed in 2015, primarily along Showcase and Wild Air, allowing existing guns to be utilized in other areas. These guns require significantly less air than the more traditional ground guns, offsetting energy use. 22 new permanent, high-efficiency tower guns were added to our big and beautiful Topridge trail in 2014, and new snowmaking was also placed around the Pipeline Bridge to further improve our Interconnect with the Historic North Creek Ski Bowl.
STRAIGHT BROOK TRAIL WORK- We recently did some massive earth-moving to smooth out the lower portion of the Headwaters trail. This means less snowmaking time is required to get the summit open, and a much improved experience there during spring skiing. We also regraded the loading area of the Straightbrook Quad, greatly improving the transition from Bear Mountain terrain to where you get on the lift.
FREESTYLE UPDATES- New high-efficiency tower guns for the Wild Air terrain park have facilitated a more dynamic freestyle experience on that trail. We are excited to open Forever Wild, a new freestyle glade loaded with natural features, and located off of Lower Sleighride, between Showcase and Wild Air. We also shaped earthen features into our popular boardercross at the North Creek Ski Bowl so the course can open earlier in the season.
THE LODGES GOT SOME LOVE- To provide a highly visible location for Guest Services & Group Sales and a quieter, more secure location for daycare, the two departments recently exchanged areas. The Guest Services Office is located in the Northwoods Lodge near the entrance of Gore Mountain, and Bear Cub Den Daycare has relocated to the Lower Level of the Base Lodge, offering nice views of the family-friendly J-bar.
NEW TRAIL MAP- Our trail map was redesigned to more clearly depict the varied and multi-mountain experience Gore offers.
ADIRONDACK EXPRESS II- In Summer 2014, we replaced the oldest high-speed lift in North America (The Adirondack Express) with a new high-speed quad. The new lift offers guests a smooth, fast, and reliable ride, with comfortable padded chairs- enjoy! 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 will continue to be added.
TRAIL WORK- Gore introduced four new glades in 2014/2015! 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 allows for both of those intermediate trails to open faster and more efficiently.
BETTER FOR BEGINNERS- The new Parallel from the Start learning program provides a highly specialized rental and lesson experience for first-time skiers ages 13+. The unloading area and base station of the Sunway Chair were rebuilt. Meanwhile, recent and extensive renovations to the children's learning experience included the installation of the new 150' Greenway Conveyor. Similar to moving walkways at airports, conveyors transport beginner skiers and riders uphill safely and easily. Gore Mountain offers two conveyors during peak times, the Greenway Conveyor and the Snow Train.
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 42 miles and 439 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 recently built Base Area facility that conveniently centralizes rentals, ticketing, children's programs, Guest Services, and group sales
- A snowmaking system linked to the endless water supply of the Hudson River
- Seven freestyle areas, offering unique experiences for the beginner, intermediate, and expert freestyler
- 27 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