A First Look at Gore Mountain's Improvements for Winter 2017/2018
Significant New Improvements to Three of Our Lodges!
These upgrades align with Gore Mountain’s continued commitment to providing an outstanding guest experience, both on and off the snow. The upcoming renovations are for the Saddle Lodge, located at the top of the high-speed and recently installed Adirondack Express II; the summit’s historic gondola unloading barn at the top of the Straight Brook Quad; and the Northwoods Lodge in the Base Area. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the thrilling announcement for funding the improvements on January 23, 2017. He stated that upgrades throughout ORDA’s venues will attract more visitors and build the North Country’s winter tourism industry, while making the facilities more competitive with other resorts.
Envision a brand-new mid-mountain experience at the Saddle Lodge. The size of the space is more than doubling to 7,125 square feet, and occupancy is increasing from the current limit of 100 people to 238. Between runs, treat yourself to your choice of a full-service or food court style meal, and dine in front of a spectacular showcase of the Adirondack High Peaks. Updates to the Saddle Lodge include an attractively styled vernacular, an expanded and updated kitchen to serve a larger, more creative menu, new bathrooms, and an approachable façade and lobby area upon entry. The fully renovated Saddle Lodge will offer guests an appealing lunch alternative to the Base Lodge Food Court and Tannery Pub & Restaurant.
Meanwhile, the adventurous guests of Gore Mountain’s summit will have a new place to warm up and chill out. A complete renovation of the original 1967 gondola unloading station will keep the original structure and most of the lift machinery intact, while facilitating the basics of shelter, restrooms, and a place for socializing and camaraderie between skiers. Inside there will be a warming room with tables and benches, vending machines, and eco-friendly composting toilets.
A planned addition on the Northwoods Lodge is designed to offer extra space to the rental and repair shop, expand the space allotted to the children’s Mountain Adventure programs and foodservice for the Snow Sports School, and improve the arrival and registration process.
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. Our signature endeavor during 2015-2016 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 started producing energy in 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. Several other environmental initiatives contributing to Gore's achievement include increased service of locally produced foods, strategic trail modifications that conserve energy, and redevelopment of the historic North Creek Ski Bowl with "recycled" trails and earthen freestyle features, among other environmentally-friendly enhancements that guests can see, enjoy, and learn about each day!
More Gore, More Snowmaking!
Gore has been steadily modernizing its snowmaking infrastructure over the last several years. More guns, pump house efficiency improvements, and distribution updates will all contribute to snow being made more quickly this winter.
New Parking Lot "G"
To get guests to and from these new amenities more conveniently, construction of new parking lot “G” began on April 20, just four days after Gore closed for the 16/17 season. Lot G is estimated to accommodate approximately 250 cars. This exceeds the parking capacity along the 1.5 mile access road where guests are required to park on busy days when the upper lots fill. Shuttles will service guests more efficiently as travel along the access road is mitigated and people can be transported to their cars in less time, with less fuel required to do so.
New Nordic Trail System!
Gore's new Nordic at the North Creek Ski Bowl features snowmaking, grooming, lights, cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals, lessons, and foodservice. Trails are open daily and nightly, happily welcoming Nordic teams for training and events, as well as the recreational public! Several high-profile races were welcomed during the 16/17 season, including New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s (NYSPHSAA) State Championships. Each event attracted hundreds of athletes and their families to the region, with these guests also discovering the area’s lodging, shopping, and dining. Only two of the eleven trails in Gore Mountain’s Nordic network require natural snow. These are planned to be widened for 2017/2018 so that the entire trail system can be consistently groomed.
Updates from the Trail Crew-
Gore's most recent trail additions have included "Forever Wild," a freestyle glade; "The Peace Pipe," offering improved access to the interconnect with the North Creek Ski Bowl; and "Hudson," the newest redevelopment of terrain on Little Gore Mountain. The loading area of the Straight Brook Quad and the unloading area of the High Peaks Chair were both regraded during summer 2016.
OTHER RECENT WORK
MORE GORE, MORE NEW TOWER GUNS! 65 all-new high-efficiency ground guns and another new tower gun were added to our arsenal in 2016. A 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. 22 new permanent, high-efficiency tower guns were added to our big and beautiful Topridge trail in 2014. These guns require significantly less air than the more traditional ground guns, offsetting energy use. New snowmaking was also placed around the Pipeline Bridge to further improve our Interconnect with the Historic North Creek Ski Bowl. Meanwhile, never-before snowmaking capabilities now benefit the entire Ski Bowl experience, especially the 46ER and Hudson trails.
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. You'll be impressed by the sleek new flooring that we installed on the upper level of the Base Lodge in 2016, and we did roof renovations at the Saddle Lodge as well.
NEW TRAIL MAP- Our trail map was redesigned to more clearly depict the varied and multi-mountain experience Gore offers.
LIFT 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. In Summer 2014, we replaced the oldest high-speed lift in North America (The Adirondack Express) with a new high-speed quad. The new Adirondack Express II offers guests a smooth, fast, and reliable ride, with comfortable padded chairs- enjoy! After unloading from AEII, 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 Headwaters, Showcase, and Foxlair allows for 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