Monday, December 13, 2010

Gore Mountain: 12/11/2010

Typical early season conditions today (Saturday) at Gore: mid-20s and overcast, good coverage and mostly good snow surfaces, limited terrain, light crowds.

Since last weekend, options on the lower mountain have been expanded with Foxlair, Lower Sunway, Showcase / Lower Sleighride / Arena now online. On the upper mountain, we had been looking forward to Hawkeye and Cloud / Headwaters, however electrical problems with the Straightbrook quad kept the lift closed all day and prevented opening that terrain. Apparently those issues have been resolved and the Straightbrook chair ran on Sunday.

Despite the lack of access to the summit, we had fun skiing the terrain that was open. While some trails were becoming a bit scraped by mid-afternoon, we still found good snow on others right until the end of the day.  In particular, Foxlair and Sunway held good snow all day.  Showcase too.  Sleighride and Topridge were firm and fast.

No, there's nothing wrong with my heel binding, thanks

Beth skied with the camera for a run or two and snapped the two photos above of me on Pine Knot. I generally assume that people who read this blog already know that I'm a telemark skier, but here's some visual evidence if you didn't.

Gore has been in the doughnut hole lately as far as natural snow goes. Mountains all around have benefitted from last week's lake effect and elevation-induced snows: Whiteface, the Catskills, sick amounts of in northern Vermont. As for Gore?... 1 inch in the previous 7 days. As I write this (Sunday), rain has overspread the entire region, with some of the coldest weather of the season to follow early in the week. Groomers and snowmakers all over the Northeast will have their work cut out for them in the days ahead.

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