Sunday, November 24, 2013
Gore Mountain: bonus weekend, 11/23/2013
We arrived at the mountain mid-morning and endured a half hour of pain picking up our season passes (arrgh!!), but the delay may have worked in our favor as the skiing only improved during the day. Warm temperatures on Friday followed by an overnight freeze locked up the snow surfaces, but skier traffic, a few snowmaking guns and some natural snow mixing in seemed to make each run a little bit nicer than the one before.
By early afternoon some light snow began to fall, and skiers who stuck around past 2pm or so were treated to some very heavy squalls that dropped 1 to 2 inches in short order. The last run or two of the day were legitimate mini-powder runs (yes, at this point in the season we can get pretty excited about two inches of fluff).
It was fun starting out our season last weekend up at Whiteface, but this weekend at Gore was more like a homecoming, with quite a few of our ski friends also out making early season turns. The only downside of the day came when I slipped on some ice on the concrete unloading pad at the top of the gondi. I fell down across a metal bench. It definitely hurt, but it felt OK skiing and I finished out the day. A visit to the urgent care revealed a fractured rib. The doc made me promise no more mountain biking, and to be conservative and careful running and skiing for the next 6 weeks. Actually she would have preferred me to not ski at all, but that ain't gonna happen. So no cliff hucks. Until January.