Monthly Archives: February 2007
Ski Days 15 – 21: The Valentine’s Day Storm plowed through the southern Adirondacks early in the week. We arrived at Gore a few days later, and it was a great time to be there. Initially we had trouble getting to the cabin as our plow guy certainly had his hands full. We measured 40 inches, and walking the 500 feet to our camp from the road in waist high snow took 20 minutes the first time. Also power outages lead to plumbing issues.
Sat 2/17 was the first time I can remember the mountain turning people away because of lack of parking, and still I never felt remotely close to crowded on the trails or in the trees. When the Gore is 100% open there is a huge amount of terrain. I got to the mountain at 7:30 each day, as Gore will often open the Gondola as much as 40 minutes before official opening. I parked right next to the Sunway chair to make ski changes easy. The skiing was fantastic. I’m basically a highly motivated intermediate who is just learning bumps and has hardly been in the trees. Before this week I’d only skied the trees once after a huge dump, 4 or 5 years ago, with a Lori Phoebe, a ski patroller who took me into the Tahawus Glades.
Over the next two days I hit the glades…. Straightbrook, Chatiemac, Mineshaft, Darby Woods, Twister, Tahawas,- basically everything except the Cave and the Dark Side glades which are now the only places on the map I haven’t been. (Before this week, I’d never really been off the map except for a Gore-to-Garnet ski.)
I added Upper Darby to my list. I spent most of my time on Lower Steilhang and the High Pines “Glades” that have to have become my favorite. I was basically teaching myself to do bumps and trees on some pretty narrow 180s (Atomic TM22s – 107-72-90) and lovin’ it. Each day as the bumps got deeper, especially on High Pines it got a bit tougher but I skied it everyday until this past Friday 2/23. The whole thing was a great experience. Zelda was awesome – skiing Chatiemac over and over while I was ducking into the Straightbrook Glades.
Thurs (2/21) We got another 3-4 inches that freshened things up and got me back in the trees. I’m headed back up as soon as I can.
Ski Days 11, 12, 13 and 14
Gore Mountain was great this weekend. When I got to the cabin Thursday night, the moon was full and it was really warm so I went out for an nordic ski. I was on the first Gondola Fri am and cruised down Uncas to head for Straightbrook and over to the Darkside. Not sure if I could have gone directly to the Darkside from the triple, so I went the long way. It’s great having it open. On Friday they opened Lower Steilhang and Lower Darby. I hope they never widen any of the trails over there.
On Saturday I was again on the first Gondi and there was 3″ of fresh – Cloud and Headwaters were great as they must have been groomed first overnight and the snow was all on top. Chatiemac had hard bumps filled in with loose fluffy stuff. I hit the SB glades right away – I knew it wasn’t getting any better. Doable, but marginal. It got hammered senseless by Sunday afternoon. I’d stay out a there with any equipment I cared about. I hit Lies as soon as they opened it and survived. By the end of the day it looked like a killing field up there with a ton of traffic. Rumor – Friday they were just snowmaking the headwall and Saturday and Sunday they were pounding the whole run. The bottom was fantastic too. I usually end up there after lunch when my legs are teley’d out.
Sunday they were talking about minus 25 wind chills so I “slept in” until 7:45 and did some backcountry in the Siamese. It was a little thin – about like the Straightbrook glades before anyone had been through. I packed up and left our cabin at 1pm. I remember driving south last year during the super bowl – it was great, no traffic. But I was still too early so I swung by the mountain snagged a few more runs Lower Darby (it was getting hard!) and then hit the road. Now we need either new snow or warmer temps.