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Gore vs. Killington

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
I'm moving to Saratoga Springs this summer from Southern New England. Grew up at Killington and have been skiing there forever. Now only going to be about 1.5 hours from there, love the mountain but now see that Gore is only 45 minutes away. Anyone give me good reasons that I should choose Gore over Killington?
post #2 of 28
The big reason is Gore is way, way, way less busy, at least from what I can tell. It's a gem, IMO. Not as many challenging runs, obviously not as big, but it's I much prefer it for the relative calm, natural beauty and how it's not overrun. It's run by the state of New York and is way less commercialized.
post #3 of 28
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Originally Posted by bsa2299
Anyone give me good reasons that I should choose Gore over Killington?
I can't.
post #4 of 28
Hmmmmmmm, let's seee Summer Gas $3.50/gal.
by next winter $4.50/gal?????
post #5 of 28
Gore has at least one trail that is steeper than anything at K-ton, I think. When you get powder at Gore you will likely have an opportunity to ski it for a few runs before it gets tracked out.

Killington is still like Coney Island.
post #6 of 28
I can. You can get a season pass that is good at both Gore and Whiteface. Adult Full Season for both mountains $599, you can go even cheaper if you don't mind holiday blackouts.

Whiteface is less then 1.5 hrs. from where you are. I truely dislike Kmart, the layout, the crowds and everyone scurrying around like rats in a maze.

BTW, Saratoga is a great town.
post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by Paul Joness
Gore has at least one trail that is steeper than anything at K-ton, I think. When you get powder at Gore you will likely have an opportunity to ski it for a few runs before it gets tracked out.

Killington is still like Coney Island.
The trail is Rummor, steep, bumps and alot of fun. I much prefer Whiteface to Gore, that said, when Gore gets a dump they have great tree and lift line skiing.
post #8 of 28
Thread Starter 
Tree runs hard to find or do they put them on the trail maps like they do at Killington (which I wasn't too happy about)?
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by bsa2299
Tree runs hard to find or do they put them on the trail maps like they do at Killington (which I wasn't too happy about)?
They're on the map; however, every mountain has secret staches. Like anywhere else you explore and find or get in with some regulars who will share.
post #10 of 28
I skied at Gore Tue-Fri last year during Winter Break (President's Day week) and never stood in a lift line, even at the gondola. Can anyone say the same about Killington? We also skied on closing day last year in 60 degree sunshine. The bumps on the steep trails were, shall we say, EPIC.

Although the terrain at K-ton is superior, the quality of skiing is less so. When you have to negotiate the human slalom on every run, the quality suffers regardless of the terrain.

The Slidebrook area at Gore has some pretty decent runs - Rumor, Lies, and a couple others are pretty darn steep although pretty short. We did find some decent tree skiing both on map and not.

The trail ratings are a little overdone - many of their blues are not even low intermediate runs. However they have some great cruisers that you can generally rip because of the low crowd factor.

Overall, I would defintiely choose Gore over Killington, but you're not going to find anything like the party scene on the access road at Killington anywhere near Gore.
post #11 of 28
I love Gore.... even living in FL I ski there at least 6 days a year. Weekdays are desolate and weekends you can avaid the small crowds by learning the mountain.

GORE gets my vote
post #12 of 28
How about the snow factor? Kmart gets 250 a year whereas gore gets a whimpy 150. How about this....if its midweek and gore gets a couple inches and killington gets dumped on go with killington. In most other circumstances I'd say gore.
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by CSOcean10
How about the snow factor? Kmart gets 250 a year whereas gore gets a whimpy 150. How about this....if its midweek and gore gets a couple inches and killington gets dumped on go with killington. In most other circumstances I'd say gore.
Based on everything else I've seen at Killington, that snowfall amount is probably a little inflated. Also, the amount of snow has to be compared to the number of skiers that are dispersing it. I would say that the snow that does fall at Gore goes farther because the crowds (or lack thereof) aren't beating it to death.
post #14 of 28
Don't we all wish now that Gore had ... oh wait .. wrong v.
post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by Lodro
Don't we all wish now that Gore had ... oh wait .. wrong v.
haha the only bush i'd rather have over gore is sugarbush.
post #16 of 28
I second the Whiteface supporters....

I am almost in the same boat as you- I moved from New England to NYC, and went from convenient access to Killington (where I grew up skiing) to convenient access to NY-area mountains. Skied Windham, Hunter, and finally found Whiteface... aka Iceface. It's got the terrain to be comperable to Kton, although lacks in grooming and maintenance... in that matter, it reminds me a whole lot of Cannon (gnarly mt, awful maintenance and lifts!)...

Two other great things about Whiteface- the town is fantastic (if you liked the nighlife and options for things to do at Killington, you will probably find this comperable), and it is also CHEAP!! There are ski and stays that are less than what a day ticket to Killington runs.
post #17 of 28
Thread Starter 
Well I went ahead and bought my pass to Killington again but will be sure to skip out on work and take some trips to Gore mid-week if there is some fresh snow. Will certainly check out Whiteface for a weekend as well.

Will make a seasons pass decision after next season, who knows, maybe I'll be changing my go to mountain.
post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by bsa2299 View Post

Tree runs hard to find or do they put them on the trail maps like they do at Killington (which I wasn't too happy about)?


Gore: 15 tree runs on the map. Far more off.

post #19 of 28

Saratoga Springs is the second best town in NY.  Lake Placid is the third best.

Hickory Hill is 25 minutes from Saratoga Springs, and it's the best skiing in NY when it's open.  It's never open.

Gore is better than Whiteface, unless the Slides are open. The Slides are never open.

Gore has lots of tree skiing, and the ski patrol never gives me a hard time when I go off the map.  YMMV.

I never go to Killington until Gore closes for the season.

 

BK

post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by Bode Klammer View Post

Saratoga Springs is the second best town in NY.  Lake Placid is the third best.

Hickory Hill is 25 minutes from Saratoga Springs, and it's the best skiing in NY when it's open.  It's never open.

Gore is better than Whiteface, unless the Slides are open. The Slides are never open.

Gore has lots of tree skiing, and the ski patrol never gives me a hard time when I go off the map.  YMMV.

I never go to Killington until Gore closes for the season.

 

BK

 

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post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by Bode Klammer View Post

Saratoga Springs is the second best town in NY.  Lake Placid is the third best.

Hickory Hill is 25 minutes from Saratoga Springs, and it's the best skiing in NY when it's open.  It's never open.

Gore is better than Whiteface, unless the Slides are open. The Slides are never open.

Gore has lots of tree skiing, and the ski patrol never gives me a hard time when I go off the map.  YMMV.

I never go to Killington until Gore closes for the season.

 

BK

 

 

Just curious what the first best town is?
 

Never been to Killington but if you like high speed cruising on steep groomers Whiteface is about the best there is in the east.  For tree skiing Gore is among the best in the east.  With the pass, you get the best of both.

post #22 of 28
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Just curious what the first best town is?
 

 

You're kidding, right?
 
BK
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post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by JoeSchmoe View Post



 

 

Just curious what the first best town is?
 

 



 

Everyone that's not from NY knows it's Buffalo.

 

 

 

Saratoga Springs does look like a cool town. I've never had the opportunity to do much more than fuel up there though. Seems like I'm always in a hurry to get where i'm going when i pass through there.

 

 

post #25 of 28

I'm not a big fan of Gore, for the most part it's a relatively flat mountain. It does have some steeper runs but like was said they are short. It's layout often makes it hard to get around to. Whiteface is a better mountain to ski with more challenging terrain.

 

I know what some of you are talking about with weekend skiing at Killington. Fortunately I'm able to ski there during the week & it's a tale of two mountains. During the week it's not crowded (usually empty in fact) & offers the most variety of any other mountain in the east. I pull into the skyeship lot just before 9 & park right in front. A couple of short steps & your in the lodge with a 1/2 dozen others at most. Hop on the gondola & your right in the middle of things. Works for me.

post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by steamboat1 View Post

I'm not a big fan of Gore, for the most part it's a relatively flat mountain. It does have some steeper runs but like was said they are short. It's layout often makes it hard to get around to. Whiteface is a better mountain to ski with more challenging terrain.

 

I know what some of you are talking about with weekend skiing at Killington. Fortunately I'm able to ski there during the week & it's a tale of two mountains. During the week it's not crowded (usually empty in fact) & offers the most variety of any other mountain in the east. I pull into the skyeship lot just before 9 & park right in front. A couple of short steps & your in the lodge with a 1/2 dozen others at most. Hop on the gondola & your right in the middle of things. Works for me.


Gore is way better with the new gondola.  There's a lot less traversing and there's never a line on the chairs on the upper mountain, and there's more trees than Whiteface.

if you live in Saratoga Springs, Gore is reliably less than 45 minutes from exit 15.  Killington is maybe 1.5 hours, and or more if you get stuck behind a slow truck.  From Saratoga, you can catch a ride with your neighbors to Gore, or drive up to Kmart alone.

 

BK

post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by Bode Klammer View Post


You're kidding, right?
 
BK

 

 

If you're talking about TOWNS (not cities), then I'm not joking.  

 

Still, if you're lumping cities and towns, you can have your number 1... I'll take the trees, mountains, and lakes of any Adirondack town over the concrete, traffic, and chaos downstate.
 

post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by Bode Klammer View Post




Gore is way better with the new gondola. 

BK


I don't think so.  No fan of Killington, but challenge is right up there for an east coast mt.  The woods are steeper and more varied.  If you are talking skiing, Killington blows Gore away.  The bump runs are incredible and the snow is much better.  That there is a fact.
 

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