Gore Mountain, NY: 2/2 – 2/4/07

Ski Days 11, 12, 13 and 14

Gore Mountain was great this weekend.

When I got to the cabin Thursday night, the moon was full and it was really warm so I went out for an nordic ski. I was on the first Gondola Friday morning. From the top of Bear I cruised down Uncas to head up the Straightbrook Chair and over to the Darkside. It’s great having it open. On Friday they opened Lower Steilhang and Lower Darby. I hope they never widen any of the trails over there.

On Saturday I was again on the first Gondi and there was 3 inches of fresh. Cloud and Headwaters were great as they must have been groomed first overnight and the snow was all on top. Chatiemac had hard bumps filled in with loose fluffy stuff. I hit the Straightbrook trees right away — I knew it wasn’t getting any better. Doable, but marginal.

Those trees were hammered senseless by Sunday afternoon. I’d stay out a there with any equipment I cared about. I skied Lies as soon as they opened it and survived. By the end of the day it looked like a killing field with a ton of traffic. On Friday they were making snowm on the Rumor headwall and on the weekend they were pounding the whole run. The bottom was fantastic too. I usually end up there after lunch when my legs are teley’d out.

Sunday they were talking about minus 25 wind chills so I “slept in” until 7:45 and did some backcountry in the Siamese. It was a little thin, about like the Straightbrook glades before anyone had been through. I packed up and left our cabin at 1pm.

I remember driving south last year during the super bowl — it was great, no traffic. But I was still too early so I swung by the mountain snagged a few more runs Lower Darby and then hit the road. Now we need new snow or warmer temps.

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