Gore Mountain

Check out the Unofficial Guide to Gore Mountain for details on things like secret stashes, best places to ski, avoiding lift lines, and other local insights on the mountain. 

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Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

The Copperfield Inn Resort 


Offering 31 guest rooms with pool, whirl pool, sauna, fitness center, Wifi, restaurant, spa and seasonal shuttle to Gore Mountain. 

Extra person charges may apply

$250 and up 

The Alpine Lodge


Lodging includes guest rooms and suites with cozy gas wood stoves and private Jacuzzis.    

Extra person charges may apply

$139 and up 

The Valhaus Motel


The motel has 12 rooms and on 14 acres of land with a creek surrounding the property.

Extra person charges may apply

$77 and up 

Six Flags Great Escape Lodge

 Hotel with full indoor water park, 45 minutes from Gore Mtn.  http://www.sixflagsgreatescapelodge.com/











Cafe Sarah located at 260 Main Street, North Creek, NY 12853; (518) 251-5959


Crazy AZZ located at 321 Peaceful Valley Rd, North Creek, NY 12853; (518) 251-9995



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Gore Mountain

Gore Mountain is located in New York's Adirondack Mountains, a 6.3-million acre park, which is the largest state park in the country. It was established in 1964 by the State of New York and managed by the Olympic Regional Development Authority. Gore Mountain had the first ski patrol, first recorded ski race and first T-bar in the United States. Gore offers the most terrain in New York State (38 miles and 422 acres) and 2537’ of vertical. Here’s a small sample of what you’ll find at Gore: •An 8-passenger high-speed gondola, servicing beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain, including the easier-rated “Ruby Run” Trail •8 individual mountain areas, each independently offering their own mountain adventure •The Northwoods Lodge by Lincoln Logs, a newly built Base Area facility that conveniently centralizes rentals, ticketing, childrens’ programs, daycare, meeting facilities, and group sales, and serves as a one-stop shop for families •A snowmaking system linked to the Hudson River •Five freestyle areas •19 different glades providing extensive backcountry excitement •A Base Lodge with over 7,500 square feet of newly renovated space •”The Rumor,” one of the steepest trails in the East

Snow making percent95%
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Runs-Longest run3.7 miles
General-Base elevation1500'
General-Vertical drop2537'
General-Mountain rangeAdirondacks
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General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds428
General-Snow making coverage384 acres
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Pros: Glades, Trail Variety, Spring Skiing

Cons: Needs a dedicated bump run with snowmaking capability

Gore is definitely underappreciated outside New York.  The mountain has a couple of reasonably steep trails (Rumor, Lies), a couple of tight, twisty, ungroomed double-diamonds (Upper Darby and Lower Steilhang) and lots of nice glades that range from beginner (Otter Slide), to intermediate (Tahawus-very pretty), to reasonably challenging (Mine Shaft and others), to more than a mile long (Cirque and Barkeater).  There are a couple of bump runs on trails that rely on natural snow (Double/Single Barrel), but Gore could really use a  dedicated bump run that has snowmaking.  If Sagamore trail with 1400+ feet of vertical (and newly added snow making capability) is left ungroomed, Gore will move up to 5 stars for me. 

The spring skiing at Gore (particularly on the upper mountain) is very good.  Lower Steilhang and the nearby glades are particularly fun in the spring.  Closing date is usually mid April and there is still plenty of snow on the upper mountain at that point.

Like everywhere else, holidays and Saturdays can be crowded.  The good news is that the parking lot and lodge are usually far more crowded than the mountain is because there are enough trails for the crowds to spread out.

Gore is a reasonable value in the East if you get your season pass early.  $740 for a full adult season pass if you purchase by June 22, 2012.  We have also had a good experience with the Mountain Adventure lesson program at Gore.  My son has participated for four years and our experience with the instructors has been very good.


For more information about Gore Mtn., see my Unofficial Guide to Gore Mtn. (below).



Pros: Plenty of terrain, not overpriced, less than 4 hours from NYC

Cons: lots of groms, popular runs iced over

Gore is a solid mountain, and clearly one of the best options in NY. We enjoyed our day there, even on MLK Monday after a busy weekend. Shockingly, not many people there on the holiday,  so we got great parking and uncrowded slopes. If you can get to the more difficult terrain, you'll find softer conditions and more wide open slopes. It's worth checking out if you can.


Pros: decent parking/shuttles, tickey windows, lodge staff, lift staff, good terrain

Cons: parking staff, mgmt.

I have always loved this mt as it is state owned and always a bargain.  It's relatively close to Albany which is where I am usually traveling from.  Hammer the Northway and then pick your way up the two lane.  Luv the gondola for cold/windy days.


Also give it high marks for family friendly, till now. 


My last visit was over the Prez Day weekend holiday.  I suggested to my bro and his fam as I can get discounted tix being a state worker :)  Got there Sat am and hella cold but my nieces from MD never skied anything but little bitty places back home.  My bro and his wife are both good skiers.   We had a great day and also had a great lunch in main lodge.  Then came the end of the day.


Let me back up.  When we arrived I suggested my bros park in the load/unload spot up front and drop my sister-in-law and nieces.  It was hella cold and Valentines day to boot.  Me and my bros parked down in the lot and walked up to main lodge.  EZ-Peezy.


End of day do it in reverse, right?  Yeah, except after we loaded the minivan, the staff at the load/unload (3 guys) let some DB park right behind us, blocking us in.  Now, I'm not going to let this spoil an otherwise good day, but come on people.  Every mt has one of these areas and they are usually run very efficiently.  Anyway, not only did these bozos block us in but when we asked them to move a bit of a scrum broke out btw bros & some young guy from other car.  After many bad words and some pushing and shoving it ended. 


I let Gore know via a message on Facebook.  They responded back which I appreciated.  they apologized but the guy who manages the parking staff basically said they allow cars to block other cars in when busy which I found unacceptable.  Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this place due to this incident as it just left a foul taste in our mouth.  Shame!


Pros: Cheaper than nearby VT resorts, variety, steep

Cons: Fake vertical, slow lifts

Gore is a very nice ski resort in Adirondacks, only 1.5 hrs away from Albany. It offers good variety of groomers, bumps, steeps, glades. It is operated by NY state and for that reason it is cheaper than the nearby Southern VT resorts. It lacks fast lifts in general. especially the double, triple chairs are extremely slow. Gondola is nice and waiting time is typically not too long. what I don't like about Gore is its fake vertical. There is no true top to bottom run. You have to ski through many flat areas to ski from the summit to base area. Snowboarders could hate this in particular. Twister, Sagamore, Lies are my favorite trails.


Pros: Snow, trail variety

Cons: Owned and operated by NY State - enough said

Gore is the closest decent ski mountain  to me. The snow is pretty good a majority of the time. There's 3 peaks to ski off from. This adds quite a bit of variety to your skiing experience. The trails are rarely crowded with a 10 minute lift wait being the longest I've experienced.  NY state for some odd reason, is doing some major expansion work on Gore with new lifts and trails. Strange it's happening in the middle of a recession ( Upstate NY has been in a recession for 6 years, Manhattan just got into it in the fall of 2008).