Extensive renovations to the children’s learning experience include 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 conveyor will be accessible from just outside the Kids Klub facility 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 Kids Klub area is being expanded by approximately 30% and it will feature an improved registration and ticketing area.
A long-awaited deck for the Tannery Pub & Restaurant is in progress. Designed to seat 108 people with slopeside views, the deck will offer a welcome extension to the popular Tannery for enjoying food, drink, and live entertainment outdoors year-round.
A new café area located outside the Tannery Pub will serve specialty coffee drinks and morning treats, along with après-ski foods and libations.
Four new trails will debut this winter. The largest trail expansion is the “Boreas Glades,” presenting an amazing mile-plus Burnt Ridge Mountain adventure. Located between “Barkeater Glades” and the huge “Sagamore” trail, “Boreas” enters into a variety of firs and balsams before meeting up with the Northern Hardwood Forest and picturesque ledges, ending on the “Eagle’s Nest” trail. “Boreas” is the Greek God of the North Wind associated with winter. It is also the name of a nearby river that flows into the Hudson, Gore Mountain’s water supply for snowmaking.
The “Hedges” trail will provide new access from the top of the Burnt Ridge Quad to the “Tahawus” trail on the North Side. “Hedges” will facilitate smoother transitions around Gore’s four-mountain network of terrain.
Two other new glades will enhance Gore Mountain’s ongoing redevelopment of the Historic North Creek Ski Bowl. Guests should look for the “Ridge Runner Glades” connecting “The Oak Ridge Trail” to “Moxham” and the “Little Gore Glades” connecting the top of “Village Slopes” to the Hudson Chair lift. 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.
Snowmaking enhancements include 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.
Earlier this summer, an 18-hole outdoor miniature golf course was added to Gore’s growing off-season operation. Several new community gardens, including a special rock labyrinth garden, make beautiful accompaniments to the interpretive walking trails and other summer attractions.
For information about all of Gore Mountain’s activities and improvements, call (518) 251-2411, or visit www.goremountain.com.