The closest big mountain ski resort to New York City, Gore has long been overlooked by skiers heading to Vermont or Lake Placid. Just exactly why that is remains something of a mystery.
Gore is owned by the State of New York and operated by the Olympic Regional Development Authority, which also operates two other New York ski resorts – Belleayre and Whiteface. As one might expect from a government-run facility, prices tend to be slightly cheaper than many of Gore’s competitors. However, those lower prices belie the fact that Gore is amongst the best ski resorts in the East.
From the summit, skiers can take in long views of the Adirondack High Peaks and Green Mountains. As they descend farther, they ski almost to the banks of the Hudson River. Gore’s scenic appeal is undeniable. However, so too is the quality of its skiing.
No matter how one measures, Gore is serious skiing. Gore boasts skiing on four peaks and seven distinct faces. Its 2537’ vertical drop is fifth highest in the East; only Whiteface, Smuggler’s Notch, Killington, and Sugarloaf are more prominent. With 444 acres of terrain, it is the largest ski resort in New York state and amongst the largest on the East by acreage.
Gore’s many sides are serviced by a modern and efficient lift network that includes an 8-passenger gondola and 2 express quads. Wanderers will love Gore as skiing from one trail complex to another leaves skiers with the impression that the resort is even bigger than its already impressive acreage. Recent trail improvements have made navigating easier, though a few notable flat spots still exist.
Expert skiers will enjoy Gore’s 21 gladed trails and its rugged double black diamond trails. Of particular note is The Rumor, which Gore claims to be the steepest trail in the East.
Intermediate skiers can explore each of Gore’s seven faces, but many stick to the excellent, long and varied blue trails of the Northwoods Area. These runs offer a 1,700 drop and are served by the Northwoods Gondola. Beginner skiers have more limited options, but can also navigate from the top of the gondola.
Just a few hundred yards from the base of the North Creek Ski Bowl section of the mountain is the village of North Creek. North Creek has a proud history as a ski town. The first ski trains from New York City stopped at Gore in the 1930’s. The village main street is dotted with shops, restaurants and two hotels.