Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Whiteface, Gore Set To Open; New Nordic Terrain At Gore

early 2016 Orda snowmakingAs the 2016-17 ski and boarding season begins, Gore Mountain has announced an expansion of its Nordic and snowshoe trail system at the North Creek Ski Bowl. The Nordic network is now 4.24K, and 3.19K of it features both snowmaking and lights.

Snowmaking at Gore and Whiteface resumed Sunday, with Whiteface planning to open on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th.  Whiteface Mountain received over 15-inches of snow, and the staff has been preparing Excelsior, Summit Express, Upper Valley, Lower Valley, Fox and the Mixing Bowl for Thursday’s opening. Two lifts, as well as the Cloudsplitter Gondola, are expected to be available.  North Creek received six inches of snow over the past few days and Gore Mountain is expected to open on Friday, November 25 with five trails: Foxlair, Sunway, Quicksilver, 3b and Jamboree, serviced by the Northwoods Gondola.

As soon as weather allows, the Ski Bowl’s new terrain at Gore Mountain, just outside North Creek, is expected to be open day and night. Four sprint courses and a 2.5K loop are being reviewed for certification by FIS (International Ski Federation) so that large, sanctioned events can be held. Events for public and race teams have been scheduled. Cross-country ski packages and snowshoes are available for rent, and the Gore Mountain Snow Sports School will be offering Nordic lessons.

Gore Mountain’s Nordic network consists of nine loops rated within the ability levels of easier, more difficult, and freestyle. Guests can explore a range of terrain including wooded trails, open stadium-like areas, moderate to challenging uphill climbs, and descending banked turns. Other terrain features include a “mass start” area for when large Nordic events take place, a testing loop to check wax and ski speeds, and a freestyle trail with dips, jumps, and slalom turns to help with balance, speed, and agility. From the Ski Bowl, skiers and snowshoers will find scenic overlooks of Moxham Mountain and the High Peaks.

Use of the terrain is included with all Gore Mountain season passes and daily lift tickets, and Nordic-only tickets and passes are also available. The Ski Bowl Lodge offers a snack bar, fireplace, and cafeteria style seating, while outside there is a yurt, fire pit, and bleachers.

Photo provided by ORDA.


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