One of our favourites is Gore Mountain in pretty North Creek which if it dumped more regularly here would garner a lot more attention. That being said, Gore is famous in these parts for its 2,100-foot vertical drop and for its varied terrain which caters to all styles and levels.
The lower mountain has long green and blue trails which are perfect for cruising; Twister’s the widest and is especially good although it tends to be closed on weekends. Ruby Run is a charming trail for beginners, and Fox Lair, which is steeper, is a worthy challenge for intermediate skiers. Experienced skiers and riders should tackle The Rumour and Lies off the Straightbrook Chair, both of which are legitimately steep. And if you’re lucky enough to be here after a big snowstorm the woods by Hudson Chair offer some excellent powder stashes.
Gore is a bit thin on the ground in terms of après-ski. Worth a visit is the newly renovated Tannery Pub and Restaurant where you can unwind while sat in booths created from the red gondola cabins. For grub on the mountain head to the Saddle Lodge, or, for more variety, ski down to Base Lodge.
Transport from NYC
Driving time: 235 miles/4hrs15
To reach Gore Mountain take I-87 (the Northway) to Exit 25 (Chestertown). Follow Route 8 west for 11 miles. Turn right in Wevertown on Route 28; proceed north to 793 Peaceful Valley Road. Alternatively, Amtrak offers a rail service to Saratoga Springs, from there you can board the new Gore Mountain Snow Train directly to North Creek.
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