Sunday, January 5, 2014
Gore Mountain: 01/04/2014
With a foot of cold, dry powder from Thursday's storm, conditions were virtually guaranteed to be superb at Gore this weekend. I spent a good part of Thursday at work thinking about how I could be "sick" the next day, but the boss knows there's no such thing as me being legitimately ill the day after a storm. So I had to settle for the day after the day after, which turned out to be pretty good anyway.
I have to thank the media for doing a good job of hyping the cold: it kept the crowds away. Sure, it was chilly (minus 15 along River Road in Warrensburgh on our drive up), but the sun was bright, winds were light (except for at the top of the gondi) and it warmed to a balmy 12 or 15 above by late afternoon.
Garnet Hill (Loppett training) and it was Sylvie's first day of Mountain Adventure (plug: great learning program!), so that left just Daniel and me for the morning. One benefit of Mountain Adventure is that it forces us to get to the mountain early, and we headed straight for the top to catch the summit black diamonds before they got too skied off.
The light crowds kept the snow nice on the trails we skied. Chatiemac was in excellent condition, Lies could use a groom, Darkside had nice snow. As I had suspected, the new snow (12 inches on Thursday, 20 in the last week) wasn't enough to open the glades. Darby Woods was open, and we skied it, but the new snow is light and there simply isn't enough of a base in yet for good tree skiing.
Gore is skiing great right now: lots of terrain open and nice snow conditions. Hopefully we'll see the remaining trails coming online soon (Rumor, Sagamore, Topridge, Ski Bowl) and get enough snow to put the woods in play.