On weekends, Gore is certainly more crowded than Whiteface (as always, go on a weekday and you'll be alone), but I think it's a great area. Lots of great tree-skiing, narrow trails above mid-mountain, decent vert, a few really steep runs ("Rumors" & "Lies" are standouts) a couple of high-speed quads and a gondola, and a slow, old double lift for purists.
A great selling point about any of the state-owned areas in New York (Whiteface, Gore, Belleayre) is that you can stand at the top and see nothing but mountains, forests, and/or lakes -- no hotels, condos, or highways. Try that at most ski areas.
Also, they put in a new lift that allows you to circumvent the long flat trail ("Cloud") that connected the upper and lower mountain.[ November 04, 2003, 07:07 AM: Message edited by: jamesdeluxe ]