NORTH CREEK, N.Y. – This summer Gore Mountain, in North Creek, N.Y. will replace its 30 year-old Adirondack Express with a new high-speed detachable quad. The new lift will offer guests a smoother, faster, and more reliable ride out of Gore’s primary base area. The new unloading zone near the mid-mountain 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. Eight fewer towers and padded chairs will make for an extremely comfortable ride, and the lift operates 38% faster than its predecessor.
After unloading from the Adirondack Express, guests can access terrain on Gore, Bear, Burnt Ridge, and Little Gore Mountains. Access trails to facilitate getting around Gore Mountain’s vast four-peak network of development, such as the “Hedges” connector 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 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.
Other improvements underway include a “soft start” feature for the J-bar, which will provide an easier, more comfortable guest experience when the lift restarts in that beginner area. The placement of permanent tower guns on the Topridge trail has also been prioritized.
This Friday, April 25, is the last day to secure the best prices for 2014-’15 SKI3 passes, which offer unlimited access to Gore, Whiteface, in Wilmington, N.Y. and Belleayre Ski Resort, in Highmount, N.Y.
Gore Mountain is operated by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA). For more information about all of ORDA’s venues, visit www.orda.org.
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Established in 1982, the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was created by the State of New York to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid. ORDA operates Whiteface, Belleayre and Gore Mountain ski areas; the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg; the Olympic speed skating oval, Olympic jumping complex and Olympic arena. As host to international and national championships, the Authority has brought millions of athletes, spectator and participants to the region, resulting in significant economic development.