Copperfield Inn in North Creek Reopens

Copperfield Inn North CreekAccording to sources in town and an article that ran in The Chronicle, Albany Times Union, and other outlets, the Copperfield Inn will reopen. The hotel is North Creek’s largest accommodation and had a great, casual restaurant and bar which had been called Trappers. It is expected that the hotel and restaurant will retain their original names.

In addition, “the Gardens restaurant will open as an Italian themed restaurant, currently unnamed.” Sources say that the hotel and restaurant are targeting year-end for a closing date and Feb 1, 2009 as the date for re-opening. Despite the current economic downturn, I really think North Creek will thrive in the future. According to the article the project will create 25 jobs in town. Kudos to Joel Beaudin, Michael Ellis and the other investors for putting their confidence, effort, time and money into the village.

Road Riding in Flatlands, NJ

Northwestern NJ is a great place to live if you like bike riding. There is easy access to great untrafficked roads, both paved and unpaved. The area to the north of town is almost rural. And there’s a surprisingly wide variety of mountain biking, both recreational and technical.

The area is prized by riders of all types. On weekends from April until November, if you are riding in the Sourlands, you’ll see packs of cycling clubs both official and informal, accessing the variety of routes in this part of the state. There are a ton of maps and resources for choosing routes. If you’re from the area, and know it like I do…you just head out and put something together.

For me, today is the official end of weekday riding. With the return of Eastern Standard Time, there is no easy way to get a ride in on a work day. If I was truly motivated I could do a ride in the morning before work. But even with a 5 minute commute…I just don’t seem to get to it.

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APA Approves Gore Mountain Interconnect

From AlpineZone News:

Gore Mountain Interconnect

RAY BROOK, New York Gore Mountain Ski Center Interconnect The trail and lift design identified in the 2005 unit plan is unchanged from what was previously approved by the Agency and Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation on June 6, 2006. The interconnection to North Creek Ski Bowl was rescinded based on recognition that additional assessment of potential cumulative impacts from the Front Street residential resort project was necessary.

The primary objectives of the approved amendment are to improve public access to Gore Mountain and Forest Preserve lands, to improve the skiing experience and to provide for a stronger interconnect between Gore Mountain Ski Center, the Historic North Creek Ski Bowl and the hamlet of North Creek. The 2005 amendment included construction of new ski trails and lifts in the Intensive Use Area that connects with the Town of Johnsburg’’s Ski Bowl Park.

Like a lot of skiers, we didn’t like the original lift design. The gondola between the ski bowl and the base lodge is expensive, doesn’t add anything to the ski experience and could make congestion at the base worse.

The illustration above conflicts with the alpine zone story. It’s dated January 7, 2008 and doesn’t show the “Gondola to Nowhere” as part of the Gore Mountain Interconnect. Most local sources are under the impression that plans for the new gondi have been dropped.