Monday, April 7, 2014
Gore Mountain: 04/05/2014
Sunny, soft spring skiing remained elusive at Gore on Saturday. Occasional glimpses of the sun and short breaks of blue sky failed to get temperatures out of the 20s on the upper mountain.
Mid-mountain down remained above freezing, so gondi laps on the front side trails were the place to be. Snow progressively softened from the top of the gondi down, with nice spring corn conditions from around the saddle lodge down on Showcase, Twister, Sleighride, Wild Air, Sunway and Quicksilver.
One run down Uncas towards the Straightbrook chair was enough to confirm our suspicions that the summit trails wouldn’t be worth skiing today. Uncas transitioned from frozen hard at the top to death chunks in the middle and finally to corn at the very bottom. The Straightbrook and High Peaks chairs were spinning though, and we could see a few brave skiers on Hawkeye and Lies, so I’d be curious to hear firsthand what conditions like up there.
We always shoot to end our season with one of those classic days of spring skiing under bluebird skies, but it may not come to pass this year. Family obligations kept us home on Sunday (which was bluebird), and we will be away on vacation the next two weekends. Coverage on the mountain looks great for early April, and I’ve been told that the next two weekends are “no-brainers,” so perhaps there’s an outside chance for the last weekend in April at Whiteface if not Gore.