Gore Mountain has announced International Ski Federation (FIS) homologation certifications for four of its Nordic courses at the North Creek Ski Bowl. These certifications mean that the courses have been inspected and are found to be in compliance with FIS standards.
Gore Mountain is one of just 29 FIS venues in the United States, and one of two in New York State. The certifications are for the 2.5K Distance Course, the 3.3K Distance Course, the 1.2K Sprint Course, and the 1.6K Sprint Course.
The logistics of the venue, width of the courses, and safety of the layout are all considered along with elevation changes, spectator access, and other components in the FIS certifications.
Upcoming Nordic races at Gore include the Mid-Atlantic Junior National Qualifier/NYSSRA Race on January 19-20, the Section 2 Championships on February 13, the NYSPHSAA Nordic Championship on February 25-26, and several training camps and invitational events.
Public Nordic events include Learn to Cross-Country Ski Day on December 8, Nordic Fest on December 7-9, and the Tuesday Night Citizens Series Races from January 22 to February 19.
Gore Mountain recently increased its snowmaking capabilities at the Ski Bowl with the purchase of 20 HKD Phazer snow guns designed specifically for Nordic terrain. These guns qualified for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) grant program for furthering energy-efficient snowmaking statewide.
The Gore Mountain Nordic Center is equipped with lights, snowmaking, and grooming, and welcomes recreational users and athletes daily. North Creek Ski Bowl facilities provide amphitheater style landscape for spectators and include a lodge with rentals, restrooms, and fireplace; a food truck; a yurt; a tuning pavilion; and bleachers.
For more information about all of Gore Mountain’s events, visit their website or call (518) 251-2411.
Photo of Nordic racer on the A-climb during the 2018 NENSA U16 Championships courtesy ORDA.