Gore Mountain is located in the southern Adirondacks, on Peaceful Valley Road in North Creek, N.Y. The state run ski area offers four lodges, ski shop, rental shop, accessory and clothing shop, restaurants, cafeterias, demo center, repairs, a Snow Sports Center and tubing with lights. Child care available for children from 6 months to 6 years.
Gore is a big, spread out ski area, and is New York’s biggest in terms of skiable acreage. Total vertical is 2562 feet but only three of fourteen lifts have a drop of 1500 feet. Pods are spread out and some traversing is required to access all parts of the mountain in a single day. The old joke about Gore contrasts the mountain with it’s sister mountain Whiteface claiming that Gore has the “greatest horizontal in the East.”
Gore’s offers a real mix of terrain. Rumor and Lies are two of the steepest trails in the state. Runs under lift lines offer some classic fall line skiing. The “Dark Side” is a classic old school pod with short narrow runs and wall to wall tree skiing. The lower mountain is a blue cruisers delight with pods that face East and North. Every pod offers on the map tree skiing.
In the last decade Gore has undergone a massive expansion. In that period the mountain gained access to the Hudson River as a nearly unlimited source of water for snowmaking. Burnt Ridge, originally cherished sidecountry, has been brought onto the map with a modern high-speed quad by Poma. It services two long trails (Echo and Sagamore) plus two of the longest glades in the state – Barkeater and The Cirque.
More recently ORDA the state agency that operates Gore, has entered into a joint agreement with the Town of Johnsburg to bring one of the state’s oldest ski areas the North Creek Ski Bowl — back online. This somewhat controversial move has added even more tree skiing (and traversing) at the lowest elevations of the resort. It also gives sliders a chance to try trails that were cut and designed in the 1930s. This section also offers night skiing on a terrain park served by a 150 vertical feet chairlift.
Gore has easy access from the NYS Northway (I-87). It is about an hour from northern sections of the Albany, NY, region and 3 hours from northern sections of the NYC metro area. Despite this ease of access Gore remains uncrowded. The one lift that occasionally has a line is the Gondola which starts at the main base area. The line rarely exceeds 10 minutes even at high peak times on a holiday weekend. Most other lifts are often ski-on. Seven different areas spread the visitors and keep the main base from getting crowded.
|Longest Run||24,816 feet|
|Miles of Trail||XXX|
|Skiable Area||438 acres|
|# Lifts||14 Lifts|
|Uphill Capacity||8,400 / hour|
|Annual Snowfall||150 inches|
|Gore Mtn Summit||3,560 feet|
|Gore Mtn Base||998 feet|
|Total Vertical||2,562 feet|
|Straightbrook Base||2,660 feet|
|High Peaks Base||2,760 feet|
|Bear Mtn Summit||3,200 feet|
|Top Ridge Base||2,202 feet|
|Top Ridge Vertical||998 feet|
|Saddle Elevation||3,000 feet|
|East Side Base||1,500 feet|
|East Side Vertical||1,500 feet|
|North Side Base||2,250 feet|
|North Side Vertical||750 feet|
|Burnt Ridge Summit||2,735 feet|
|Burnt Ridge Base||1,303 feet|
|Burnt Ridge Vertical||1,432 feet|
|Ski Bowl Summit||1,900 feet|
|Ski Bowl Base||998 feet|
|Ski Bowl Vertical||902 feet|
More on the North Creek Ski Bowl.