NORTH CREEK Gore Mountain Ski Center has introduced several new service expansions and facility improvements for the upcoming 2007/2008 seasons. Throughout the year, the North Creek facility has been developing new trails, renovating their base lodge, and adding expanded parking. This year will also mark the debut of the Welcome Center at Gore Mountain, a newly constructed training, and special service facility, devoted to beginners and families. The new Welcome Center, modeled after the classic Adirondack Great Camps, will provide skiers with a facility dedicated to childrens programs, daycare, and equipment rentals. This is going to help us with capacity because some people have not been able to take advantage of our services due to our running out of space or capacity, says Emily Stanton, Gore Mountain Marketing Manager. In that sense, more people will be able to take advantage of the services we currently have. The new center has been constructed around the former gondola building, with the intention of alleviating much of the congestion skiers have experienced in years past. The new building is going to open up about 7,500 square feet in the existing lodge, notes Stanton. We will utilize the recovered space for the purpose of tables, storage, and the comfort of the regular day skier. The center also plans to install new lockers in the lower lodge area, so skiers have greatly increased access to safe storage of their belongings while on the slopes. From its independent unloading and parking area, skiers will have the ability to rent equipment, attend lessons, provide for childcare, and access the main ski area, all from a central location. Immediately accessible from the new learning center is the Bear Cub Trail, a recently enhanced beginners slope designed as the ideal trail for the first time skier. We also lengthened our snow train conveyor lift, to 100 feet in length, and relocated it to the newly redone Bear Cub trail area, adds Stanton. This year we will be adding another parking lot to make arrival and departures more convenient, says Stanton. Signage will direct people to the area more appropriate for their needs. The facility is ideal for being able to pull up, drop off people and equipment, and be on the slopes with a minimum of delay. We will be able to approximately double the number of children we are able to comfortably accommodate. In recent years, the ski area has developed a corporate partnership with Chestertown-based log homebuilder, Lincoln Logs Ltd. Through the collaboration; ski area managers have sought a cohesive look and feel throughout the area. Lincoln Logs is a corporate sponsor of ours and they have been helping us in the past with some of our smaller buildings in creating an Adirondack vernacular, says Stanton. Weve themed a lot of our recent trails and areas after the great camps of the Adirondacks, and want to follow through with that type of architectural look and feel. Lincoln Logs has been very helpful through the entire process. In addition to the new welcome and learning center, the recent chairlift and slope development project at the North Creek Ski Bowl site will open this season. The ski bowl is going to offer a triple chair lift, servicing about 150 vertical feet of gentle, family friendly, skiing, and riding, concludes Stanton. There will be a green circle trail and immediately adjacent to that will be a terrain park with half-pipe. That will complement the tubing activities we already have established down there. The Ski Bowl facility will offer ticketing services, food service, and on-site ski patrol staff at all times. Other improvements include the addition of three new snowmaking pumps to increase capacity, open more terrain, and expand the ski season. A new trail-grooming machine has been purchased to supplement the already significant fleet of equipment. Work also continues on the Burnt Ridge trail system, slated for opening in December of 2008. This network of five trails encompasses 60 acres of skiing, along six miles of groomed intermediate and expert terrain. For more information, contact Gore Mountain Ski Area at (518) 251-2411.