Sunrise on Tuesday, Nov. 6 after the first night of snowmaking at Gore Mountain.
Temperatures dropped into the teens the night of Monday, Nov. 5, and that was plenty cold to make snow at the Gore Mountain ski center. So they did.
With 18 days before opening day — Friday, Nov. 23 — crews at Gore Mountain began making snow this past week in hopes of creating a deep enough base to give them an edge when warmer temperatures arrive.
“We had a really good first night of snowmaking,” said General Manager Mike Pratt. “We ran over 70 guns. There was very little wind, and temperatures got down to the teens.”
Gore’s sister ski center — Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington — also began making snow the night of Nov. 5. Both facilities are operated by the Olympic Regional Development Authority, based in Lake Placid.
The entire Northeast was plagued with warmer-than-average temperatures last winter, hurting tourism because many ski areas had limited trails available. However, Gore Mountain was able to ride out the warm weather, for the most part, and boasted great skiing for much of the season because an additional 160 high-efficiency tower guns were installed prior to the 2011-12 season.
This past summer was spent adding five sets of hydrants with tower guns to the green-circle “Sunway” trail, as well as putting additional tower guns on the mid-mountain Saddle Area, “2B”, “Showcase,” and “Pine Knot.”
Three new grooming tractors for 2012/2013 include a winch for grooming steep terrain, a free groomer, and a multi-season tractor that will mow trails in summer and maintain tubing lanes in winter.
Gore has built four small crossover trails on the lower mountain. When three of them are used together, they can bring a skier efficiently from "Echo" on Burnt Ridge Mountain to the loading area of the Northwoods Gondola. When used separately, they improve access to and from Burnt Ridge, add interest to the layout of the East Side trails, and could allow more sections of trail to open earlier in the season.
“Twister’s Little Sister” was previously a small glade, but it has been completely cleared and widened for grooming. This connector joins "Twister" to "Echo." “Crystal” sits just below the area where "Twister's Little Sister" comes into “Echo,” creating an option to bring guests from "Echo" to "Twister." “Tower 6” provides access from "Twister" to "Showcase" and “Showoff “ creates an easy descent to the gondola by bringing skiers from "Showcase" to "The Arena."
Extensive work in and around the lodges includes a complete renovation of the Tannery Pub & Restaurant, featuring a new kitchen, reconfigured seating, improved menu options, and silverware and dinnerware replacing disposable plates and utensils. The concrete on the sundeck was completely resurfaced with an attractive natural color scheme of patio bricks, and the radiant heat system underneath that melts snow and eliminates ice was replaced. New picnic tables were added. The area between the deck and the Northwoods Gondola was filled and reseeded to provide a safe, even walk to the slopes.
The Base Lodge, the Northwoods Lodge, The Open Pit Grille, Hudson River Pump House, and smaller Base Area buildings were painted or clear-coated. All other siding was painted or stained to match the historic look of the North Creek Train Station, with colors including “Johnsburg Brown” and “Johnsburg Red,” named for their pigment mined on Crane Mountain. The Open Pit Grille was dressed up with new log siding, and the Retail Shop was attractively remodeled. New cooking equipment and a new beverage station will improve the Saddle Lodge experience, and new carpeting was added there as well.
For more information, visit Gore Mountain online at www.goremountain.com.