The Adirondack Park Agency approved the plan for the Gore Mountain connector Oct. 10. The project has been on hold since 2006 to allow further environmental review. The agency said in a statement, "The primary objectives of the approved amendment are to improve public access to Gore Mountain and Forest Preserve lands, to improve the skiing experience and to provide for a stronger interconnect between Gore Mountain Ski Center, the Historic North Creek Ski Bowl and the hamlet of North Creek."
Gore Mountain, run by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), is in process of building the high-speed Burnt Ridge Quad, servicing five new trails plus gladed terrain. The new runs, with 1,436 feet of vertical drop, will increase Gore Mountain's total vertical drop to 2,300 feet, the eighth tallest in the eastern United States. Burnt Ridge Mountain is one of Gore's four peaks of development.
Sandy Caligiore of the Olympic Regional Development Authority said that chair is integral to the planned interconnect with North Creek Ski Bowl.
"The old Ski Bowl is basically a tubing area now. This fall, we're putting in the chairlift on Burnt Ridge, to open in December. The next lift will be a 3,800-foot-long triple that will go up the old Ski Bowl, to the right of Burnt Ridge as you face uphill. Slightly uphill and to the left of that chair is the Burnt Ridge chair; to the left of that are our existing lifts," Caligiore said.
"Skiers and riders need to board at the new lift that will be built in the future at the Ski Bowl, ski over to the Burnt Ridge lift that's going in now, and that will bring them to Gore Mountain proper," he said.
"From the top of Burnt Ridge, a trail network to skiers' left goes down into the old Ski Bowl," he said.
Those trails exist now, are narrow and not very steep, but need some attention, Caligiore said.
He said the timing of the interconnect work depends on finances in general, and on how business is this winter.