Hundreds of Guests Enjoy a Fun Preview Weekend
New Mid-Mountain Saddle Lodge Now Open
NORTH CREEK, NY – Gore Mountain welcomed over 800 guests to an early start of the 2017/2018 season this weekend. Approximately three miles of terrain and a selection of freestyle features opened for intermediate and expert levels on Saturday and Sunday; Gore anticipates beginner trails to be available starting Friday, November 24. That day will also mark the start of daily operations for both downhill and Nordic skiing.
"Lots of snow on Showcase, I was surprised at how good the coverage was," commented Andrew Roginski, a passholder from Saratoga Springs, NY. Roginski and others were also among the first to see Gore Mountain's new mid-mountain Saddle Lodge. The building, previously a warming hut with a snack bar, was doubled in size over the summer and now offers expanded dining, Adirondack-style furnishings, and new restrooms. In the design phase, Gore chose plans that reduced the environmental impact of the construction and preserved historical significance by utilizing existing materials. One of Gore's other passholders, Dan Mohowski of Olmstedville, NY, said "I am in construction so I was really interested to see what they kept and what they left. I thought it was a very interesting setup with a lot more room." Gore Mountain has also completed construction on the new summit Straight Brook Lodge, and is expanding rental and children's program space in the Northwoods Lodge.
Snowmakers are working around the clock as weather permits, with priorities on beginner terrain, Foxlair, Wild Air, and Nordic loops at the North Creek Ski Bowl. Guests should look for more trails opening for Thanksgiving Weekend, along with the high-speed Northwoods Gondola.
Skiers and riders are encouraged to participate in the annual "Gore Mountain Gives" drive, which provides excellent lift ticket discounts daily through Friday, December 15 in exchange for non-perishable food donations. The drive generates thousands of pounds of food each year for the regional pantry.