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Snow Lover’s Trivia: Gore Mountain, always improving and growing

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Gore Mountain is improving and growing. Amongst the improvements are snowmaking, lodge renovations, and new connector trails for easier access to and from Burnt Ridge Mountain.

After acquiring 160 high-efficiency tower guns during 2011, this past summer Gore added five sets of hydrants with tower guns to the green trail Sunway, as well as putting additional tower guns on the mid-mountain Saddle Area, the trails 2B, Showcase, and Pine Knot.

Three new grooming tractors for 2012-13 include a winch for grooming steep terrain, a free groomer, and a multi-season tractor that will mow trails in the summer and maintain tubing lanes all winter.

For those of you that know Gore and would like better access to Burnt Ridge Mountain, we now have four new small crossover trails. When three of them are used together, they bring a skier efficiently from the blue Echo on Burnt Ridge to the Northwoods Gondola.

When used separately, these crossovers improve access to and from Burnt Ridge and allow more sections of trail to open earlier in the season. Twister’s Little Sister was previously a small glade, but it has been cleared and widened for grooming. This connector joins the popular Twister to Echo. The connector Crystal sits just below the area where Twister’s Little Sister comes into Echo, creating an option to bring guests from Echo to Twister. Finally the connector Tower 6 provides access from Twister to Showcase and Showoff, thus an easy descent to the Northwoods Gondola.

Extensive work has been done in and around the lodges. It 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 resurfaced with patio bricks, and the radiant heat system that melts snow and 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 and better 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 remodeled. New cooking equipment and a new beverage station will improve the Saddle Lodge experience, and new carpeting was added there as well.

Noteworthy, The Ski Bowl Lodge at the North Creek Ski Bowl can be used as a secondary base lodge and for parking. This would help towards crowd control, considering that Gore always has a packed house on weekends. Fortunately, the resort is so extensive that lift lines never get too long especially those away from the Base Lodge Area. In addition, you can snowshoe and Nordic ski at the Ski Bowl. Rentals for these snow sports are available (not for alpine) and a network of maintained trails. Season Pass holders can make the most of twilight skiing here as well, starting at 3pm on into the night. Don’t forget the tubing park!

Come see what Gore has to offer this season. What’s next?!

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