Gore Mountain – a Skiers’ Best Kept Secret
Now that the Sagamore is once again hosting winter guests, visitors will learn what locals have known for decades – that Gore Mountain is a skier’s best-kept secret!
Located in North Creek, less than a half hour’s drive from Lake George and Bolton Landing, Gore Mountain features a vertical descent of 2600 feet and 15 lifts serving 112 trails for skiers of every level of skill.
This year, four new trails have been opened, including two that improve the connection between the Ski Bowl, (known locally as Little or Old Gore and accessible from the hamlet of North Creek) and the state-owned ski center on the other side of the mountain.
North Creek was among New York State’s first ski destinations, and the Ski Bowl helped consolidate its reputation. After New York State built the Gore Mountain Ski Center in the early 1960s, the Ski Bowl’s lifts and trails were abandoned and the area became a community park.
In 2003, however, Gore Mountain assumed responsibility for the park and began the long process of restoring it to its original function, including the construction of a chairlift that connects the two facilities.
From Gore Mountain, shuttle service is now available for skiers who want to explore the shops and restaurants of North Creek. They can return to their cars by way of a shuttle, or by way of the chairlift and the trail network on the main mountain!
Skiers may want to lunch in town, but Gore Mountain itself hosts a number of venues for mid-day breaks and old-fashioned apres-ski conviviality.
There’s Saddle Lodge at mid-mountain and, at the base, a food court and the popular Tannery Pub and Restaurant. And just as Gore continues to improve its lifts and trails, it also works to provide new amenities. New this year at the base lodge is the Corduroy Café, offering specialty coffee drinks and morning snacks to start a day of skiing as well as wind-down beverages and small menu for the end, and the Tannery Deck. With slopeside views, it’s sure to become a popular gathering place for enjoying food, drink, and live entertainment outdoors throughout the year.
Gore is now one of the leading destination ski resorts in New York State and competes with the major New England resorts for day visits. As Scott Brandi of the Ski Areas of New York says, “ Gore probably offers the most diverse skiing in New York State and is comparable to any of the large New England ski resorts”.
Contributing to Gore’s higher profile is the return of the ski train, which ran in the 1930s and 40s. The Saratoga and North Creek Railroad train arrives in North Creek from Saratoga (where it connects with AMTRAK trains from New York and Albany) and is met by shuttles and taxis. The ski train is an opportunity to relive the early days of skiing, but at the most up-to-date ski center in the northeast!
Photos by Fred McKinney)