NORTH CREEK - Snow may be absent from its slopes, but fall is shaping up to be a busy season at Gore Mountain. Their annual Harvest Festival will kick off Oct. 9-10, beginning at 10 a.m.
The mountain has extended their off-season operations and will run summer and fall mountain biking, Northwoods Gondola skyrides, and hiking through Oct. 10. Not only does this mark Gore's longest off-season operation, but highlights include more biking terrain, instructional camps, an expanded barbecue menu, and retail items for sale.
Ruby Run, the trail off the top of the Northwoods Gondola, was top-dressed to offer bikers a smooth start to their ride. Trails such as the Otter Slide Glades and Tannery are now included in available riding terrain.
Harvest Festival will be set to the tune of the Ernie Williams Band and Raisinhead, who will perform love entertainment all weekend. The weekend will also feature Adirondack vendors, kids activities, diverse food and drink, a 5-kilometer trail run, scenic helicopter rides, and much more. Admission is free. For a complete list of activities, visit www.goremountain.com.
While Gore Mountain prepares for the opening of both the Chatterbox Glades and Barkeater Glades, marked progress continues toward the Interconnect with the Historic North Creek Ski Bowl. The bridge that joins the Ski Bowl terrain to Burnt Ridge Mountain has been completed, snowmaking pipe on the new Peaceful Valley and Oak Ridge trails has been welded, and the black-diamond 46er trail on the lift line has been completely graded. Installation of the new Hudson Chair has begun. Construction photos are frequently featured at Gore Mountain's Web site.