This summer Gore Mountain, in North Creek, N.Y. will replace its 30-year-old Adirondack Express with a new high-speed detachable quad. The new lift is expected to offer guests a smoother, faster, and more reliable ride out of Gore’s primary base area. The plan includes a new unloading zone near the mid-mountain Saddle Lodge which will be lowered and restructured for easier access to the slopes.
According to the Olympic Regional Development Authority, which manages Gore Mountain, the new Adirondack Express will have a capacity of 2,400 people per hour, 300 more than previously. The lift is expected to operate 38% faster than its predecessor, and to have eight fewer towers and padded chairs for a smoother ride.
The Adirondack Express will provide access terrain on Gore, Bear, Burnt Ridge, and Little Gore Mountains. Additional access trails to facilitate getting around Gore Mountain’s four-peak network are in development according to mountain officials.
The previous triple was the oldest high-speed lift in North America, which made for complicated maintenance and part replacement.
The project is enabled in part by increased investments in New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) facilities that were included as part of Governor Cuomo’s 2014-’15 Budget.
ORDA says that other improvements underway include a “soft start” feature for the J-bar and the placement of permanent tower guns on the Topridge trail.
This Friday, April 25, is the last day to secure the best prices for 2014-’15 SKI3 passes, which offer unlimited access to Gore, Whiteface, in Wilmington, N.Y. and Belleayre Ski Resort, in Highmount, N.Y.
Photo: The old Adirondack Express Charlift at Gore Mountain (Photo Courtesy Jeff Farbaniec)