Gore Mountain Reopens the Hudson Trail

As announced earlier this season on Facebook, Gore Mountain is working this summer to reopen the original Hudson Trail on Town of Johnsburg land at the North Creek Ski Bowl.

Hudson-Trail-Entrance

The reborn trail leaves the current lift line at Tower 13 and makes it’s way down little Gore Mountain roughly parallel to 46er, rejoining the trail at Tower 4. There are will be couple of exits back to the lift at Tower 9 and Tower 7.

It’s a fall line trail with naturally banked turns that will require minimal earth moving to complete. We spoke to Mike Pratt Gore GM about this project in the last few days.

Hudson-Trail

“The route is as original. It will be old school, with the narrowest section around 35 feet wide. There is a really cool natural table top that we think skiers will love.”

After World War II, the North Creek Ski Bowl — and the Hudson Trail in particular — had a reputation for steepness that drew skiers from across the state.

North Creek Ski Bowl Hudson Trail
1951 Hudson Trail Photo courtesy Peter Bishop

At the time, the surface lift that served the mountain ran up the mountain along 46er the current lift line. It was not used for skiing and the Hudson trail was probably the steepest ski run in New York.

There’s a good possibility that snowmaking will be installed this summer on 46er and if plumbing is routed up on skier’s left it leaves open the option to route hoses through the woods to help cover the steepest sections of the new trail.

4 comments on “Gore Mountain Reopens the Hudson Trail

  1. And another year of glades left uncleared at Whiteface. Good to see that Orda is making some improvements somewhere.

  2. I have yet to ski the bowl. I cannot wait, especially for an old school trail. Love em. Thanks for report

  3. greg: I guess you have yet to ski the bowl because it has minimal snowmaking and is closed 80 percent of the time. At least they said they are adding snowmaking to 46er, 5 years after it was cut. Maybe Hudson will get snowmaking in the 2020-2021 season, although they said it is possible to blow snow on it using the 46er pipes.

  4. Don’t worry Greg, ole’ Sno Choad can’t ski the best terrain at the Ski Bowl anyways!! We locals, love to hear gapers bitch about our home, yup the Ski Bowl sucks, stay at Mountain Creek and enjoy your molehill!!

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