When the fall temperatures start to dip towards frosty, and those first minuscule snowflakes drift towards the ground, the snow guns begin to blast. Before long, Gore and West Mountains are covered in dreamy white, and skiers and snowboarders make a daily trek to the hills. This year, Gore and West Mountains have major improvements to show to the skiers and riders who make those early morning drives. Trail modifications, additional snow-making, and a brand new chairlift are only a few recent mountain upgrades.
IMPORTANT Safety Protocols:
The most important thing to know before heading out this year will be to check the website of the ski area you want to visit well in advance, as specific COVID-19 policies can range depending on the mountain. It's advised that you reserve your lift tickets in advance or check with the mountain directly for their ticket purchasing policy. Midweek skiing is always a good consideration to avoid the weekend crowds. See additional mountain safety information at the bottom of this article.
What's New at Gore Mountain?
Gore Mountain, the largest ski resort in the Lake George Area, is tuning up for a snow-filled season. Thanks to a constant desire to make the mountain better, Gore will have some huge mountain improvements for skiers and riders when the chairs take their first spin.
Winter 2020-2021 Improvements:
Gore Mountain's 2020-2021 improvements begin at the bottom of the mountain. The Sunway Chair, the black double chair that loads to the right of the Northwoods Lodge, is being replaced with a quad. The lift will have a modern conveyer-style loading area that is perfect for beginners and the entire family. Further up the mountain, the old High Peaks Chair is being replaced with a brand new quad. This new chair will deliver skiers and riders to Gore's true summit, providing convenient access to four separate peaks.
The Northwoods section of the mountain is celebrating more than just the addition of the new Sunway Chair. The trail known as Cutoff has been lengthened and redesigned, changing it from a moderately-difficult blue square trail, to an easy green circle. This trail modification will add another adventure for beginners and families to explore.
As usual, Gore put substantial work into expanding their snowmaking capabilities over the summer. This year, they've expanded the snowmaking reservoir, resulting in an increase in snowmaking capacity. There will be more snow blowing on Gore Mountain trails in 2020 than ever before.
Winter 2019-2020 Improvements:
Skiers and snowboarders alike are drawn to terrain parks. For this season, Gore has turned Pot Luck and Wild Air into a competition-level freestyle course. A revamped jump-line and new earthen features will mean big air both during competitions and on the average day for skiers and riders.
Gore is all about convenience, which is why they're proud to present RFID Direct-To Lift Gates for the upcoming season. Skiers and riders who use lift tickets, season passes, or frequent skier cards will have a new SKI3 Card. This encrypted card grants access to a gate at the lift that will open automatically if your card is valid for the day. This allows skiers and riders to reload the pass online and reduces lift lines.
The Burnt Ridge section of Gore Mountain has a cozy new warming hut located at the top of the Burnt Ridge Quad. Stop in and warm your hands and feet before conquering Sagamore and the beautiful glade runs on sparsely populated Burnt Ridge Mountain.
What's New at West Mountain?
West Mountain, a family-owned and family-aimed gem in Queensbury, has her own plans for a facelift this winter.
Winter 2019-2020 Improvements:
A new ski lift will bring skiers and riders up the Northwest face of West Mountain. The old triple chair, which took nearly 15 minutes to reach the top, has been replaced by a much quicker lift. The trails on this side of the mountain also have brand new permanent snowmaking equipment.
The old building at the Northwest side of the mountain has been replaced by a new lodge. Work on the kitchen is ongoing, but a new bar, ticket booth, and restrooms await visitors.
Get excited when those first flakes begin to fall. Clean out your boot bag and get your skis or board tuned up. This year's rendition of Lake George Area skiing and riding is going to be better than ever.
Make Sure You're Ready For The Slopes
Skiing and snowboarding in the Adirondack area are activities that still can be enjoyed safely despite the ongoing threat of Covid-19.
The most important thing to know before heading out this year will be to check the website of the ski area you want to visit well in advance, as specific COVID-19 policies can range depending on the mountain. It's advised that you reserve your lift tickets in advance or check with the mountain directly for their ticket purchasing policy. Midweek skiing is always a good consideration to avoid the weekend crowds.
Here are a few general changes that skiers should be aware of:
Lodge space is limited so plan to get ready at your vehicle and leave your bags in the vehicle, try to avoid peak meal time and follow social distancing protocols of inside the lodge.
In order to ride the lift, you will be required to wear a double layer face mask in line and while boarding/exiting the lift. If you arrive together, you ride together! 15 feet social distancing protocol remains in effect once you're out on the slopes.
As always, be kind and be patient with other visitors you encounter and be ready to make alternative plans in case the mountain is at capacity.