A skier heads over a bluff on a run Sunday Nov. 24 at Gore Mountain Ski Center, which has opened its earliest in 27 years — due to considerable snowfall and frigid weather. Since this photo was taken, thousands of tons have been added to the slopes. Photo by Nick Zachara
Record cold weather and a series of snowstorms in recent weeks has boosted the snowfall that had already accumulated during early November at Gore Mountain — and many hundreds of skiers are now enjoying early-season skiing, Gore officials said this week. By Saturday Dec. 7, Gore should have double the number of slopes and trails open for skiing enjoyment, Gore marketing director Emily Stanton said Dec. 3.
The unseasonably frigid weather — said to be the coldest November in 30 years — and ample snow prompted Gore to begin staying open all week long as of Nov. 29, far earlier than in recent years.
“We’re excited about the crowd and the snow conditions here,” Gore Manager Mike Pratt said. “We’re happy that Mother Nature nature gave us this gift, allowing the opportunity to have a really good start on our season.”
The favorable weather conditions have also allowed the ski center to open up enough terrain and chairlifts to offer skiing suited for a wide range of skiing abilities, Stanton said.
“Were very excited to have this wide spectrum of terrain available this early on,” she said. Gore’s Topridge chairlift is opening this Saturday, and the Straight Brook quad chairlift that services the summit of Gore Mountain is slated to open shortly thereafter.
The snow and frigid weather has prompted the opening of the Uncas Trail, which offers challenging Black Diamond skiing.
Also open this season is the new Greenway conveyor that takes beginning skiers up a modest slope, and it's been very popular with the crowd, Gore officials said.
Gore's gondola to the top of the mountain is operating, and so is the Sunway life. Among the many trails opened in recent weeks were the challenging Foxlair, Ruby Run and Quicksilver trails, as well as Arena and 3B — both intermediate runs — plus the easy Jamboree trail.
This Sunday begins the fourth week of operation for the 2013-14 season. The Nov. 16 opening of Gore was the earliest opening of the full-service ski resort since 1986.
Gore is featuring a promotion that now only is building up a crowd, but is helping local people in need: For each item of canned food brought to the ski center, a $10 discount on a lift ticket will be given — there’s a $20 maximum discount. The food is donated to the food pantry at Johnsburg’s Outreach Center, which provides various services to the community all year long. Check Gore’s website for details.
Pratt extended a welcome to people to come up to Gore and join the fun.
“Skiing conditions are great, and in addition to the snow that’s fallen, we’re making snow like crazy,” he said. “We’ve go a nice crowd, every trail that’s open is in great shape, and we’re expanding terrain as fast as we can.”