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Gore or Whiteface for a guy looking to ski exciting, groomed green and blue cruisers?!

post #1 of 12
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Gore or Whiteface for a guy looking to ski exciting, groomed green and blue cruisers?!

I'm on my way to Tremblant for a few days and looking to cut the dreadful drive in half by skiing somewhere at the approximate half way mark!
post #2 of 12

Gore's best for glades (on a good snow year) and Whiteface is best for black cruisers. Both are so-so for blue cruising with Whiteface having longer runs (but less of them), and Gore having more blue/green runs (that are shorter).

 

I'd say pick Whiteface... for the runs from the summit, for the views of the High Peaks, and to check out Lake Placid.

post #3 of 12
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Thanks JoeSchmoe!

 

Anybody else care to chime in?

 

Keep in mind, I don't want to ski black trails, especially on ice. My preference is wider groomed green and blue trails.

post #4 of 12

Been to Whiteface, not to Gore. If you catch good conditions and no crowd, WF is as good as anywhere. Can be better. The upper mountain groomers and the Wilmington trail are terrific, IF...

post #5 of 12

Go to Gore for greens/blues.  they have quite a few long cruisers off of the gondola.  WF is definitely steeper.

Gore is closer to the highway also...

post #6 of 12
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Go to Gore for greens/blues.  they have quite a few long cruisers off of the gondola.  WF is definitely steeper.

Gore is closer to the highway also...



Are all the blue trails at Whiteface steep or do they vary? Killington and Okemo had some nice, wide, not-too-steep blue trails. 

 

post #7 of 12

Pretty much everything Whiteface is steep. They do have cruisers, but they do seem to be steeper then Killington/Stowe/Tremblant cruisers. I have not been to Gore and can't compare these two. There is so much to Whiteface (and Lake Placid), I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

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Are all the blue trails at Whiteface steep or do they vary? Killington and Okemo had some nice, wide, not-too-steep blue trails. 

 



The blue runs off the Facelift quad (the lower half of the mountain) are as wide and long (and gentle) as anything at Gore...  There are two blue runs from the summit that wind around that will take you to these runs for 3000 vert+.  The best cruiser is Excelsior off the Gondola which will get you around 2500ft vert of blue glory.  For a tougher blue there's the Wilmington Trail (mostly easy with a few short steep'er' shots.  

 

All that, plus a quick jaunt into Lake Placid is your best bet for sure.

post #9 of 12

Gore is a lot more built for blue cruisers and in general and an easier mountain.

post #10 of 12

WF in good condition is fantastic. WF in less than ideal condition can be a challenge for intermediates. Problem with WF is snow god had forgotten about WF and left it to be the playground of wind/ice god.

post #11 of 12

I've skied WF twice and Gore once.  Gore was about 4-5 years ago in early March, and the conditions were perfect, to include 8-10 inches of fresh snow on second day skiing.  All of the mountain was open.  From the top of the gondola, you can catch a blue, Foxlair to a green Sunway, or take a short green Ruby Run to a long, blue cruiser named Twister.  Both routes get you to the base for a decent long run.  If Burnt Ridge is open, Echo is also a nice blue, with roller coaster short steeper drops along the way.  But it looks like Gore is now less than half open and the conditions may be marginal.  Also, the town of North Creek is small and dull without much variety for eating, etc.

 

WF is a much bigger mountain.  I have not been there in 6-7 years so have not skied the expansion runs.  Blues may be a bit steeper, but not by much, and you have more variety.  Both Gore and WF are subject to similar weather patterns, so conditions will be pretty much the same.  I think WF does a better job of managing trail conditions.  And Lake Placid is a great ski town with excellent restaurants and things to do if the skiing is not very good.

post #12 of 12

Gore is all about intermediate cruising and it closer unless you live in Montreal.

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