Mike Pratt on Sunday’s Search-and-Rescue

Gore MountainOn Sunday, February 28, 2010, six skiers, in three separate groups, were lost off the summit of Gore Mountain in North Creek, NY. We reached out to Mike Pratt, the General Manager of the mountain, to ask him a few questions about the Chatiemac Ridge search and rescue efforts.

NYSkiBlog: Mike could you answer a few questions about Sunday’s search and rescue?

Mike Pratt: Sure. Just understand I can not speak for others. I will speak for Gore Mountain and for myself.

NYSB: Fair enough. How did these 6 skiers end up where they did? Did any of the skiers offer any explanation as to how they ended up lost?

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Gore Mountain Snowmaking Capacity

I skied with Mike Pratt this afternoon. I asked him a ton of questions about snowmaking. What follows is a breakdown on snowmaking capacity at Gore Mountain.

Ten years ago Gore used 80 million gallons of water per season.

Last season Gore water consumption was over 300 million gallons.

The LIMIT on the system is the ability to pump water uphill.

There are two pump systems currently.

Upgrading means more than adding pumps.

When operating at full capacity the current “plumbing” is also maxed out.

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