Gore Mountain & North Creek Prepare to Celebrate Skiing History

By AlpineZone News |
Feb 17 2009 - 03:34 PM

NORTH CREEK, New York — At 10:30am on March 4, 1934, the first train transporting Gore Mountain skiers arrived at the North Creek station. This date marks the establishment of North Creek as a winter recreation destination, and Gore Mountain became home to one of the first commercial ski areas and ski patrols in the United States. The first train was organized by Vincent Schaefer of the Schenectady Witnersports Club.

To celebrate, an exciting calendar of events has been established. Festivities will commence on March 4 at 10:30am on the train platform of the North Creek Depot Museum, led by Master of Ceremonies & Town of Johnsburg Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed. Several dignataries have been invited to speak about the past and future of North Creek. An Upper Hudson River Railroad train car will be open for morning refreshments sponsored by the North Creek Depot Museum. Participants are invited to explore the displays of both the museum and the Owens House Gallery, as well as browse the railroad’s gift shop until 2pm.

At 7pm that evening guests can enjoy a wine and cheese reception sponsored by the Schenectady Wintersports Club, with a showcase of historical photos and momentos in the lower level of Tannery Pond Community Center. Local ski history experts will be on hand to visit with. Following at 7:30pm there will be an impressive collection of historical ski films presented, with narration by Bill Schaefer. The Lois Perret ski patrol award will also be presented. The movies are free to the public.

On Thursday, March 5, Gore Mountain guests can enjoy a guided ski from Gore’s summit to the historic North Creek Ski Bowl at 3pm, with return shuttle service starting at 4pm. During the interim, participants can ski “Village Slopes,” serviced by Gore Mountain’s recently installed triple chair there, the Bowl’s first-ever aerial chairlift.

Friday, March 6 will feature “Big Air at Little Gore” kicking off at 5pm, with prizes including a new Flow snowboard from Fall Line Sports of Queensbury.

On Saturday, March 7th the celebration will culminate with the Coca-Cola Fireworks Spectacular at the North Creek Ski Bowl at 7:50pm. Live entertainment is planned to follow.

On Wednesday-Saturday evenings visitors and residents of the Gore Mountain Region are invited to enjoy several $19.34 dining and shopping opportunities. For complete details and a full schedule of events, visit www.GoreMountain.com.