NORTH CREEK The Gore Mountain regions reputation as a winter destination received a significant boost in March as the area hosted a large number of skiers from Canada. For the past several years, the group has visited the area, and established what has become an informal annual tradition. Hoping to present a positive image of the community, and attract attention to Main Street businesses, the regions chamber of commerce distributed dozens of Canadian Flags throughout the town. The flags were displayed along Main Street, and gave the town a sense of warmth as sunny days and light breezes graced the region. As Gore Mountain continues to expand and improve, it has become a more attractive destination for all types of visitors, Emily Stanton, Gore Mountain Marketing Manager says. Not only were several area lodging establishments full because of the Canadian vacation week, we were also hosting a 7-day race event. Stanton dispelled rumors related to a decline in this years total visitors, and confirmed the group totals were well within their expectations. While some promoters were concerned over the potential lack of accommodations in North Creek, the overall feedback was positive and the group is expected to return next year. It is possible that some visitors may have had some trouble securing lodging during such a popular week, Stanton says. However, by contacting us at the mountain directly, we can match visitors to several available lodging options in the region. Gore Mountain remains optimistic that changes in the area will continue to enhance their ability to provide a vacation experience on-par with any ski facility in the East. Were encouraged by new lodging developments that will offer even more beds for visitors next season, including the Alpine Lodge and the Top Ridge townhomes, Stanton adds. We should celebrate that demand for visiting this region is increasing, and look forward to positive future growth.