Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Gore Mountain: 02/11/2014

Gore Mountain, Tuesday 02/11/2014.

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Family obligations kept us away from Gore this past weekend, but an opportunity for an on-mountain “professional networking” day Tuesday helped to at least ease the withdrawal symptoms.


Following last week’s 14” powder installment, our timing couldn’t have been better to take advantage of the deluxe conditions that await the midweek skier: no crowds on the trails or in the lots, lodge or lifts, and corduroy and packed powder conditions that hold up all day. As a weekend warrior, it’s easy to forget – or never even be aware of – how nice midweek can be. Today was my reminder.

Teeing up on the Rumor catwalk

Skier in


More Rumor

First of all, kudos to Gore for making just about every terrain pod available on a Tuesday. In past years, mid-week lift closures limited the terrain choices for mid-week skiers. Today, the Burnt Ridge Quad, Darkside chair and North Quad all ran, in addition to the usual gondi, Topridge Triple and Straightbrook Quad. The Sunway double chair seems to be the lift that has been sacrificed for mid-week operations this winter - that's a sacrifice worth making if it means other lifts can spin.



More Lies

Conditions were groomed packed powder mountain-wide. Any untracked powder from last week's storm is long gone, even in the glades. The weekend crowd must have hit the glades hard as just about all of the woods are skied down to scritch-scratch conditions. Another foot of snow should put all of the woods back into play, and as luck would have it, the next installment of powder is about to arrive. This weekend should be the best of the winter so far.



Tahawus Glade - entrance looks good but the steeper pitches are skied out

We made a point of hitting every terrain pod, starting out with the summit black diamonds in the morning. Rumor was in excellent condition, enough to warrant three consecutive laps. With zero skier traffic and an inch or two of fresh snow over an edgeable base, each lap seemed better than the last. I'll call it trail-of-the-day. In the afternoon we started out on Burnt Ridge, making three consecutive laps on Echo and one on Sagamore. We ended the day on the beautiful packed powder bumps of Powder Pass. In between, we did speed laps down the front side cruisers, nearly freezing my cheeks in the single-digit temperatures.

Powder Pass

Lovin' the natural North

Nice way to end the day

I won't hide my disappointment that the tree skiing has been practically nonexistent this winter. Hopefully the incoming storm will help to turn around the ski conditions in the glades. But with deluxe conditions and a great crew of skiers like we had today, how can a guy complain?


  1. I'm expecting to hide from the hordes this weekend by being in the trees every single run. Just in time for the holidays, it seems. It helps a lot that Sugarbush got a foot up high since last weekend, and we were already close to being in the trees. After this next storm, trails will only be used to get to the next tree stash.

    1. That will essentially be our strategy this weekend too. We needed this storm to get Gore's trees back in business. The downside is that there's so much pent up demand for the glades I think everything's gonna get hammered pretty hard this weekend, on-map and off. With luck, maybe a couple inches Sat will keep things fresh.