Warren County Historical Society Presents …
The Digital Version * * * “REWIND”
April 1, 2013
Gore Mountain Ski Resort – Gem of the Adirondacks
The Slopes at Gore Mountain.
Gore Mountain Ski Slope has been around for more than 78 years. The slopes were opened to the general public in 1934. Gore has played host to millions of skiers and snowboarders throughout those 78+ years. Located in North Creek, New York, part of the Adirondack Mountains, it is one of four ski resorts owned by the state of New York.
An Alpine Trail At Gore
Shortly after it opened, Vincent Schaefer organized the first train to bring members of the Schenectady Wintersports Club to Gore. The snow train brought 378 winter enthusiasts to North Creek, NY. People arriving by train in the early days got off the trains and piled into the back of a truck. The truck then took them on a ten mile drive to the top of the mountain. At the top of the mountain the skiers skied down 4-foot wide trails. In 1946, a 3,000’ t-bat lift was added to the North Creek Ski Bowl. Eventually the trucks taking people to the top were replaced by rope tows, and later, by lifts.
Lodge and Part of Lift
The resort was built around the North Creek Ski Bowl. Early on, a ski patrol was formed and served as a model for patrols all over the world. Gore was the first mountain in New York State to have a gondola (1967) and it remained the only one for more than 32 years.
In 1976, Gore installed its first snow making machine. Doing this made more perfect snow conditions for skiers and snowboarders. To continue keeping Gore Mountain an ‘elite’ mountain, in 1984, they installed the “Adirondack Express,” a high-speed triple lift, the only lift of its kind in the eastern US.
In 1964 the lower part of the mountain, or “Old Gore,” was outdone by “New Gore.” The New Gore offered more trails, more lifts, and the latest in ski resort accommodations. Featured were a j-bar, a t-bar, and a double chair lift, the longest lift in the east. The two resorts operated separately until the management reached an agreement in the year 2003.
Up Close and Snow!
In 1996 the resort tapped the Hudson River for its snowmaking water source which quadruples its snowmaking ability. In 1999 the original red gondola was replaced with the ‘Northwoods Gondola,’ an 8 passenger, high speed lift.
From the beginning, improvements were constantly made to provide the best skiing and later, snowboarding conditions for the patrons. New trails and lifts were continually added. Gore has the reputation of being an elite mountain. The North Creek Ski Bowl has been demoted to only a snow-tubing center due to the fact that the T-bar is deteriorating.
Lone Skier, Posing Against Mountains To the East
Today the mountain boasts 102 trails, 13 lifts and 12 Nordic or cross country ski trails. The Saratoga and North Creek Railroad re-instituted the ski train, and now skiers can take the train to North Creek and take a free shuttle to the mountain.
Gore Mountain in North Creek, New York is one of the most well-known ski resorts in the state of New York. It has developed into a premier ski resort since its opening day, and it will continue to stay up-to-date with the current technology in the ski industry.
Trails Merging At End of Run
© February 14 2013, Warren County Historical Society.
This article was prepared by Nick Beck, a student at SUNY Adirondack and Dr. Stan Cianfarano for the Warren County Historical Society.