Classic Adirondack skiing

by: loricipheran - Jan 20, 2011

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 4
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 4
  • Terrain Park 4
  • Nightlife 4

    Pros: Good terrain, not too crowded

    Cons: Sharpen your edges...

    Recommended For: Singles

    Date Visited: Dec 1, 2010

Full review

To paraphrase Rick from Casablanca, Gore Mountain is like many northeastern ski areas, only more so. In a word, ice. Gore is notorious for its icy conditions. It isn't set in the right spot to receive much moisture from either the Atlantic or the Great Lakes, so its snow has a tendency to degenerate into ice between major snowfalls.

Not that ice is necessarily a bad thing. But beginner and intermediate skiers beware: Gore's slopes are often treacherous. It features a large number of innocent-looking blues, but bear in mind that when covered with boilerplate, they can be difficult to negotiate safely unless you have developed good edge control. Relative to other ski resorts in the area, Gore has a smaller proportion of advanced terrain, but then, Gore proudly boasts that one of its double-blacks, Rumor, is the steepest in the east. I am not sure of the truth behind this claim, but suffice it to say, it is pretty steep. On frigid, windy days, I am glad that Gore features a gondola.

Crowds can be the norm at Gore on busy holiday weekends, but there isn't a major ski resort in the northeast that doesn't suffer that problem. Furthermore, crowding doesn't seem to get completely out of hand. However, some of the smaller ski resorts in the area will better serve the solitude-seeker.