Harvey’s Trip Reports

I counted 150″ of snow at Gore Mountain this year. That was with almost nothing after Feb 20. While that was an average total, what was below average was the late season – almost no snow. What was better than average was the lack of multiple debilitating rain/meltdown situations. I’d bet that the number of days the trees were skiable this season was above average.

I’ve been accused of being too positive and not giving solid beta on conditions. The problem is that when I’m skiing I am usually totally pysched, an I almost always end up having a good time. The average expert alpine skier might be bored out of his/her mind doing what I do. Driving up the interstate, lighting a fire, waking up before dawn, making coffee, driving over, and skiing as hard as I can all day long. Coming home for beer and blog. Just typing that out is fun. I’m a teleskier – 800 feet of vertical is fine for me. Slow lifts are great. Gore’s Dark Side has even less real vertical and it’s probably my favorite part of the mountain. I understand that my lack of any need for variety puts me in the minority.

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3 Things To Like About Gore Mountain

Dreaming about winter, and pondering some of my favorite things about Gore Mountain:

1 – The runs under the lifts. High Pines, Dark Side, Straightbrook. Now Sagamore. Even Showcase is decent. With those first three…they are just a little beyond me, so the challenge is perfect. Also I like any run where irregular bumps form – the opposite of zipper line. Somehow I’m just more in tune with those runs.

2 – The lack of lift lines. I hope the optimists are right and we’ll enjoy that for a long time to come.

3 – The terrain. If you’ve even been to a mountain like Blue Mtn in PA….it’s a straight ridge. Blacks in the middle, Blues next to that, Greens are windy roads on the side. So boring. Gore’s got all kinds of convolutions, that set up different areas with different personalities. Ya you’ve got flats in there. So what. One thing for sure, on teles the flats are no big deal.

And when you’re riding the Straightbrook, you get about a 1/3 of the way up and look over to the right. Basically your in a wooded bowl, that you can ski almost all of…trails, glades, and off the map. It’s like a big playground. And on how many mountains are the two summit chairs so well protected from the wind? What mountains of Gore’s size have that much tree skiing?