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).