Gore Mountain in New York has a treat for skiers and riders, in the shape of the new Burnt Ridge Quad, a high-speed lift serving the resort's fourth developed peak.
The Burnt Ridge Mountain expansion will introduce skiers and riders to six new trails. It serves a vertical of 1,432 feet, and increases Gore's total vertical drop to 2,300 feet, eighth greatest in the eastern United States. The expansion also means another five miles of skiable terrain over 55 more acres; the longest continuous run has increased from 2.9 to 3.7 miles.
The six new trails are a mix of intermediate and expert terrain: Echo is a 1.15 mile trail, offering beautiful cliff views and interesting banked turns. Sagamore is a 1.23 mile trail, offering black-diamond skiers and riders an experience similar to Topridge, but longer, with new scenery and more vertical. Cedars is a gentle intermediate cruiser providing access from the Gore Mountain base area to the base of the Burnt Ridge Quad. Hedges is an access trail from the top of the Burnt Ridge Quad to the mountain's East Side, via the Twister trail, and the North Side, via the Tahawus Glades. Cirque Glades is a mile-long glade featuring a cirque, a unique ampitheatre-like rock formation; and Sagamore Glades, the ski area's 15th mapped glade.
Gore Mountain also says it will open its Pipeline Trail to the North Creek Ski Bowl more frequently so guests will more often be able to access the Ski Bowl, one of the first commercial ski areas in the country. Gore operates this stand-alone winter fun park for day and twilight skiing that includes a newly installed triple chair, a half-pipe, and terrain park, as well as lift-service tubing. Gore recently received permission to create a connector between Gore and the Ski Bowl.
Other improvements at Gore Mountain for 2008/2009 include continued renovations to the Base Area to improve the guest experience, including increased capacity of the shuttle system, enlarged sundeck, expanded and new bathrooms, more guest seating, and newly configured entryways.
Gore also plans a beginner terrain park on the J-bar area, a new covered bridge over the Snow Train conveyor lift, a new NYSEF race finish building, and a variety of fresh Snow Sports programs for all ages.