Lift Vertical at Gore Mountain

I’ve been thinking about the Gore Mountain vertical drop by lift. The three longest lifts are not in my top 3 favorites.

The lift vertical for the primary lifts:

  • Gondi: 1703
  • Express: 1500
  • BRQuad: 1432
  • Topridge: 998
  • Straightbrook: 900
  • North Chair: 750
  • High Peaks: 684
  • Sunway: 520

In order of importance, for me, are some short lifts:

  • High Peaks: 684
  • Straightbrook: 900
  • North Chair: 750
  • Topridge: 998
  • Gondola: 1703
  • BRQuad: 1432
  • Sunway: 520
  • Express: 1500

For me High Peaks and Straightbrook are probably tied. North Chair is slow and it helps keeps the Tahawas woods fresh. Topridge serves some great terrain. Topridge itself is steep and long. The run under the Topridge chair — High Pines — is an awesome, fun irregularly soft bumped dream. In fact Gore has three great under the chair runs High Pines, Dark Side and Double Barrel. Any day where you ski all three is a great day.

I only rank the Gondi fourth because you need it. It’s the fastest way to the summit. There is some good terrain off it. I just think it’s a bit of a pain. It’s the only lift on the mountain that you have to avoid at certain hours. The new Burnt Ridge Quad is very worth skating to, if there is powder and the trees are open. It’s sad that a fanatical skier like me would put the new big bucks quad 6th out of eight. On a powder day with the trees open it would probably be 3rd. The Express is a redundant, but key feature. The Gondi can be down or on wind hold, but you can still access the summit.

There’s a variety of terrain and it spreads people out. For a guy who never really rode lifts until age 40, it’s a great place to teleski. Huge percentage of terrain is trees, small huckable cliffs, high speed groomers, and (an admittedly limited amount of steep terrain. Off the map in-bounds stuff doubles the size of the mountain. With permission, I can actually ski from the Gore summit, back to headquarters.

One comment on “Lift Vertical at Gore Mountain

  1. Re-reading this nearly ten years later, if I was to write this today, I’d have to move the Burnt Ridge Quad up the list, far up, to first or second. This piece was written before the Hudson Chair was installed. It is also high on the list.

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