Uncrowded, long runs with great views
Flat trails, lift operators inconsistent, icy patches
We were at Gore the weekend of March 8-9, 2014. We felt like we had stumbled on a well-kept secret. Our group of skiiers and snowboarders prefers to tackle mostly blues, with a few blacks thrown in. We found some amazing runs that we wanted to go down again and again (Twister, Echo, Sagamore, Quicksilver, Fox Lair). We all agreed that Sagamore (a black) was the best run we had been on all year, and we were the only ones on it!
We left our 9yo daughter at home for this trip and we were glad we did - there was very little terrain that she would have been able to ski, and those trails were spread out and separated by long, flat traverses (more on that later). The trail she would have most likely ended up skiing the most (Sunway) got VERY icy later in the day. It also got very crowded - perhaps because it was one of the only beginner trails.
The other cons would be a few of the lifts, as well as the long, flat traverses. We have never had problems loading or unloading before, but this past weekend we ran into various issues - once the double lift going to the top of the mountain came careening around and clocked us on the back of the calf, leaving huge bruises. Another time the lift over by Tahawus sped by, we all crashed into each other, and the lift operator was TOTALLY oblivious despite us screaming for him to stop the lift. Also, the entries are not well covered and the exits are steep. If you've got a kid who is still learning to use lifts, I could see this really being a problem. It was also really a challenge to use the long, flat traverses to get between ski areas. By the time we got over to Burnt Ridge we were exhausted. Can't comment on Little Gore because we didn't go over there, but that's an even further hike so I'd imagine that's a real challenge. Perhaps that's the place to be if you are a beginner?
We will definitely go back, because the pluses (non-crowds, varied terrain) far outweigh the minuses. But beware, this resort is not all things to all people... you need to have a certain comfort and ability level to enjoy it, but if you have those things you really can enjoy it! Wonderful hidden gem!