Gore Mountain is a popular alpine ski resort that can be found in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. This New York ski resort is especially popular with skiers and snowboarders in the eastern United States and is heralded as the closest big mountain to the capital city of Albany. The top of the Gore Mountain Ski Area sits at an elevation of 3,600 feet, while the base elevation is 1,300 feet. This translates to an impressive vertical drop of 2,300 feet. Add in the fact that there are nearly 350 total skiable acres, and it's not hard to understand why Gore Mountain has little trouble attracting visitors. Many of the other ski areas in the state offer half the total skiable acres.
Gore Mountain skiing and snowboarding got better during the 2008-2009 season. This season saw the resort expanding with the addition of the Burnt Ridge area. This expansion added five new runs to the mix, bringing the resort's total amount of runs to 88. These runs, or trails if you prefer, include both alpine runs and glade runs. For those who might not know, glade runs are tree runs that are especially popular with advanced skiers and snowboarders. Eight lifts carry snowboarders and skiers up the mountain, and one of these lifts is a gondola that can be fun to ride in regardless of the season. Sightseeing tours can be enjoyed on the gondola throughout the year, and when the snow melts, mountain bikers often use it to get to some of the trails.
On an average annual basis, Gore Mountain gets around 150 inches of snow. When a lack of natural snow occurs, the resort makes is own. For those who are interested in the more extreme side of Gore Mountain skiing and snowboarding, it is worth noting that the especially challenging Sagamore trail can now be blanketed in manmade snow. Thanks to the improvements to the snowmaking department in recent years, the Gore Mountain Ski Area can also open earlier and close later than it used to.
In 2006, Ski Magazine ranked Gore Mountain among its "Top 10 for Value," as if you needed any more reason to visit. Also helping to make this a resort worth keeping in mind for your next ski vacation is the fact that it offers an excellent ski and snowboard school. Even if you aren't a beginner, it can be worth it to take some lessons. Mogul lessons and terrain park lessons can be helpful even to skiers and snowboarders who are more experienced. As for other services and amenities that help to make a day of Gore Mountain skiing or snowboarding so rewarding, they include a bag check service, free Wi-Fi hot spots, a base lodge with a food court, a daycare center, rental equipment and repair shops, an events room, and retail shops that sell all the latest gear. In other words, this place has everything that you will need to enjoy a fun and complete day on the slopes.
Even if you're more familiar with skiing or snowboarding the bigger mountains in western states such as Colorado and Utah, Gore Mountain should prove to be a delightful place to spend a day or more. This resort offers good elevation, good amenities, and good value, and there is certainly no shortage of good places to stay if you're interested in staying overnight. Gore Mountain lodging offers a lot in the way of variety, as is true of the resort's slopes. Area vacation rentals are among the most attractive accommodations. You might also find the Inn on Gore Mountain to be a tempting Gore Mountain lodging option. You'll be just 500 feet from the resort's access road when you stay at the Inn on Gore Mountain, and the sixteen motel-style rooms are clean and feature cable TV, individually controlled heating, and a private bathroom.
There are plenty of Gore Mountain lodging establishments that are worth keeping in mind when planning your trip to the area. Take the Copperfield Inn, for example, which offers 31 well-equipped rooms and can be found just five minutes away. A number of lodges, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals in the area only add to the complete Gore Mountain lodging options, and if you are interested in motels or chain brand hotels, there are plenty of those in the region as well. Suffice it to say that finding accommodations that fit your wants and needs is a breeze when it comes to planning Gore Mountain skiing vacations.
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