NORTH CREEK – Gore Mountain’s planned Opening Day is Friday, November 23, and the snowmaking team started piling up the white stuff last night. “We had a really good first night of snowmaking,” commented General Manager Mike Pratt. “We ran over 70 guns, there was very little wind, and temperatures got down to the teens.”
After acquiring 160 high-efficiency tower guns during 2011, this summer was spent adding five sets of hydrants with tower guns to the green-circle “Sunway” trail, as well as putting additional tower guns on the mid-mountain Saddle Area, “2B”, “Showcase,” and “Pine Knot.”
Three new grooming tractors for 2012/2013 include a winch for grooming steep terrain, a free groomer, and a multi-season tractor that will mow trails in summer and maintain tubing lanes in winter.
Gore has built four small crossover trails on the lower mountain. When three of them are used together, they can bring a skier efficiently from “Echo” on Burnt Ridge Mountain to the loading area of the Northwoods Gondola. When used separately, they improve access to and from Burnt Ridge, add interest to the layout of the East Side trails, and could allow more sections of trail to open earlier in the season. “Twister’s Little Sister” was previously a small glade, but it has been completely cleared and widened for grooming. This connector joins “Twister” to “Echo.” “Crystal” sits just below the area where “Twister’s Little Sister” comes into “Echo,” creating an option to bring guests from “Echo” to “Twister.” “Tower 6” provides access from “Twister” to “Showcase” and “Showoff “ creates an easy descent to the gondola by bringing skiers from “Showcase” to “The Arena.”
Extensive work in and around the lodges includes a complete renovation of the Tannery Pub & Restaurant, featuring a new kitchen, reconfigured seating, improved menu options, and silverware and dinnerware replacing disposable plates and utensils. The concrete on the sundeck was completely resurfaced with an attractive natural color scheme of patio bricks, and the radiant heat system underneath that melts snow and eliminates ice was replaced. New picnic tables were added. The area between the deck and the Northwoods Gondola was filled and reseeded to provide a safe, even walk to the slopes.
The Base Lodge, the Northwoods Lodge, The Open Pit Grille, Hudson River Pump House, and smaller Base Area buildings were painted or clear-coated. All other siding was painted or stained to match the historic look of the North Creek Train Station, with colors including “Johnsburg Brown” and “Johnsburg Red,” named for their pigment mined on Crane Mountain. The Open Pit Grille was dressed up with new log siding, and the Retail Shop was attractively remodeled. New cooking equipment and a new beverage station will improve the Saddle Lodge experience, and new carpeting was added there as well.
The best prices for season passes are available through Friday, November 16. Gore has introduced a new product called “The Awesome Pack,” which includes four fully transferable tickets valid Sunday-Friday, non-holiday and a 90-minute group lesson for just $169. The Awesome Pack is available until December 14 only.