NORTH CREEK, New York — Just two short weeks after the end of a banner 2007/2008 winter season, components of a new quad chairlift have already arrived and Gore Mountain is in full swing preparing for this fall’s opening of the Burnt Ridge Mountain Expansion.
The new development will feature the debut of the high-speed Burnt Ridge Quad, servicing five new trails plus glades. The new terrain, with 1,436′ vertical, will increase Gore Mountain’s total vertical drop to 2300′, the eighth greatest in the eastern United States. Burnt Ridge Mountain is one of Gore’s four peaks of development.
The trails will be a unique mix of intermediate, expert, and gladed runs located among an array of various tree species and interesting geologic formations. Like the recently constructed terrain on Bear Mountain, Gore Mountain will continue to theme trail names after the Great Camps of the Adirondacks, introducing “Sagamore,” “Cedars,” “Hedges,” and “Echo.” Guests should also look for “Sagamore Glades” and “The Gully” connector trail.
The black diamond “Sagamore” is somewhat similar in pitch to Bear Mountain’s “Topridge,” except that it is wider and offers more vertical. “Cedars” will transport guests from the Gore Mountain base area to the bottom of the Burnt Ridge Quad, while the lengthy blue-square “Echo” trail neighbors “Twister Glades.” “The Hedges” connects skiers from the top of the new chair to “Twister.”
The Burnt Ridge expansion comes on the heels of landmark Gore Mountain improvements, including the December 2007 openings of both the Northwoods Lodge by Lincoln Logs and the new Village Chair at the North Creek Ski Bowl. The Northwoods Lodge improved convenience and service for every Gore Mountain guest, especially beginners and families, while making new space and services available in the Base Lodge. The North Creek Ski Bowl expansion brought the first-ever aerial lift, terrain park, and night skiing experience to the historic area.
Upon celebrating a record-breaking 2007/2008 season, it was recently announced that Gore Mountain was voted “Best Terrain” in the Northeast by visitors of OnTheSnow.com, a popular website of snow sports enthusiasts. Comments included “The lifts are top notch and the staff is always happy. Great location for kids, easy access parking…It boasts everything anyone could want in a mountain; short lift lines, gentle beginner runs, long intermediate cruisers, narrow expert trails, awesome glades, crazy steeps, gorgeous views and the best grooming…”
During 2007/2008, Gore Mountain hosted 23 family-oriented events, 18 NYSEF (New York Ski Education Foundation) events including freestyle skiercross and boardercross at the North Creek Ski Bowl, 23 adult ski and snowboard specialty clinics, and 6 Town of Johnsburg community events. The season offered various frequent skier discount products and promotional opportunities for guests to enjoy Gore affordably.
2008/2009 season passes are on sale, with the best rates in effect through July 11. Guests should inquire about the Gore Mountain Friends Program to save significantly on their next pass purchase.