Gore Mountain, NY: 12/7 and 12/8/07

Ski Days 3 and 4

With two first ever season passes in our family, this blog will be about Gore in 07/08. The mountain was great this weekend. A few gripes…NO TELEY GEAR at the demo on Friday… Is that normal? First time I ever even approached anyone at a demo event. In any case, I’ve finally learned what snappy means, and what a stiff is…by having a ski that is the total opposite of that. I basically learned to ski on Atomics, TM-22s.

Then, last year, I bought these K2s, on the phone, in the car, driving up 87 towards the snow, the day after Valentine’s day. While my new skis really can navigate anything…they are like wet noodles on the firm stuff. They can handle it, but it’ not like my atomics..they don’t push back. If anyone can recommend some stiffer teles with the same geometry as the World Pistes…I’m all ears. I think they are 78 underfoot. OK back to it. Friday was pretty good. Fast and hard, but carvy. And again, like two weeks ago – limited terrain, but limited skiers too.

They had Showcase open top to bottom, with some nicely farmed, snow… half cold dry manmade, and half natural wetter stuff. First tracks on that were killer. All the way down, no stops, paralleling on edge. Something must have been wrong with the snoblo equipment. All morning when it was 15 degrees….they weren’t blowing. Then in the PM it warmed to the twenties and the guns went on…Hawkeye and Twister. Neither of which were open.

Best trails on Friday were Showcase and Pine Knot. Pine Knot is overlooked by some because it’s got a funky fall line, and usually you are headed someplace better. Not on Friday…loose, dry natural snow on skiers right was there all day. I found out at the end of the day, Sunway still had some loose fresh down both sides. Friday was a day for rippin’ the sides. The predicted snowfall never really got going on Friday.

Saturday – It did snow maybe one or two inches during the day. With natural snow in the woods, you could really see the new trail on Burnt Ridge from Showcase on Friday…it looked like they had kept it up on top of the cliff above Twister glades pretty good. When Twister opened it was ok, not great….it needed more work. Some chunks and none of that great stuff you get when its cold and the groomer has just gone by.

On closer inspection Saturday, from Twister, it made it look like there was carnage to the lower part of the glade. If they’ll clear the slash from the new trail they may open ups some interesting routes from the new trail…into the Twister Glades. Right now it looks like there is no easy way to get into the glade from the new trail with all lumber around. I decided I’m always going to have my skins with me at Gore. The Gondi has had some reliability issues lately. There was a point on Sat when if I had had my skins..I could have ridden the triple to the saddle and easily skinned over the top to get to the Gondi station and the summit.

I did laps, laps, laps on Pine Knot….I was jonesin to ski Hawkeye and now the Quad was having issues. It seemed like no one had run the thing since last May. Didn’t open until…not sure when, my watch broke. I got probably the 5th chair up Straightbrook and Hawkeye was a major blast. Buried whales, “powder,” mank, crust, hardpack. It was surprisingly good until the late day shade turned the manky parts into death cookies. By 3pm when I split it was a killing fields. Also headwaters had some nice fresh snow on both sides. My legs were toast. FYI – It seems like the trees up top, like the Straightbrook glades, wouldn’t need much to get going. Honestly…for one or two runs through, they look “doable.” I’d guess we need another 12-18 inches to start thinking about trees.

Gore Mountain, NY: 4/6/07

Ski Day 30

Skied the mountain today. I’m over at the Garnet Hill Lodge now scoring free internet, having wings and a Smittick’s. Today was pretty good. I skied alone all day. The website said “10 inches at the summit.” Maybe.

It squalled most of the day today. Everything that had been groomed recently, but not last night, – was killer. There wasn’t much of it. I thought the best piece of onpiste skiing that hadn’t been groomed was the cutacross from Hawkeye to Chatiemac, down along the left to the opening of the Straighbrook glades.

I hit Lies right as they opened it – it was death and great at the same time. You leaped of the tops of these bullet proof moguls and tried to find an unskied 10″ to land in. I hit Lies again right after that and it was mostly just death. Rumor never opened.

Poached Darby Woods and StraightBrook – they were good the first time through. There really isn’t enough back there to be going in. Unless your line is 100% unskied. A couple guys sneaked in to the Dark Side from the side without duckin the rope.

Like I said, if the groomer missed it, it was great, with some surprises… Tannery, Dell, Mica, Santanoni, Upper Steilhang …were all great early. By the afternoon, to get the goods you had to rip tight turns within 10 feet of the edge. On teles it was exhausting. I made it from first tracks to 3:30 and I’m spent.

Got a tip from an old timer. “Twister was killer.” When the triple isn’t running I usually avoid the bottom. The Gondola is a pain on Teles. But I went down there. The dude was right – Twister was the pick of the day – and will be great tomorrow.

Hope it snows more.

Gore Mountain, NY: 3/17 and 3/18/07

Saturday and Sunday were awesome. I’m honestly not sure but I THINK today was better than yesterday. We got more last night – maybe 4 inches officially – but it seemed like more than that when I had first tracks on Chatiemac this morning.

fresh snow on Chatiemac

I was later than yesterday (got in line about 8:10) so I wasn’t first in line in the singles line at the Gondi. I was in maybe the eighth cabin up, but for some reason, Everyone was going down Foxlair. I went over by the Pine Knot rope and found a spot out of the wind. The Patrol came over to the Uncas rope and dropped it.

I went under the rope on Pine Knot. It was great shape with 4″ on top. I hit the quad, and did Chatiemac — again first tracks. You know the feeling when you are in pow on top of a groomer. On teles I love it. I hit the Straightbrook Glades and they were better than yesterday as now the base was yesterday’s dump, not some icey boilerplate. It seemed deeper in the troughs in the SB Glades. I rode Quad again and did another few laps. Upper, Lower Steilhang, Open Pit and Darby Woods.

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