Gore Mountain, NY: 1/3/09

What a difference a day makes. And 5″ of snow.

Gore called it 3, measured at the base. I find my measurements at 1900 feet are usually higher than Gore measurements, but I’d expect the difference to be less than 2 inches on five. Garnet Hill reported 6 inches.

Regardless,it made a big difference. Winds were high (still are at 6pm) but with temps in the 20s, wind chills were manageable, for me.

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Gore Mountain, NY: 1/2/09

Another tough day at the office. Temps were warmer and wind speeds were almost nil. So comfort was most improved. And considering the bulletproof conditions from yesterday, Gore did a reasonable job with what they had.

Gore's Echo Trail

Common areas (Base, Saddle, Summit of Bear) were covered. But Gore will never be Okemo or Killington. There just isn’t the horsepower to recover from major NCP events the way the Vermont titans can.

For some reason snowmaking continued on Twister…which was pick of the day. They were blowing on Pine Knot, which I do understand. Blowing on Uncas? It’s not open and probably won’t be until after the holiday is over. How about Showcase, or something on the Dark Side?

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Gore Mountain, NY: New Years Day 2009

Today was a beautiful day. If you don’t care about surface conditions. The National Weather Service was calling for early morning wind chills of 30 below zero. From experience those numbers don’t account for the windiest spots on chairlifts.

Snowguns on Twister

We slept in. I skied solo. Surfaces were boilerplate. Lifts were closed. Parking lot, Lodges and Gondola were crowded and trails were deserted.

Still, I really wanted to try out my new fatter skis; not the best day for fatter skis for sure. When trying out new gear…on my first runs…I’m always convinced it will never be as good as my old gear. I hit the firm bumps on Lies on my first run. It wasn’t easy.

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