Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Gore Mountain: 01/09/2016

Gore Mountain, Saturday 01/09/2016.

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After a three week absence, it was great to be back at Gore with nice snow conditions and some new terrain options.

Cold temperatures all week allowed the snowmaking crews to expand the trail count, with Topridge and Uncas coming online along with Wild Air, Sleighride and Lower Sunway on the front side. We alternated among the open runs, eventually settling on Topridge and Uncas as our favorites.

Daniel catching some air on Topridge

Sylvie skiing Uncas


Conditions were consistently good across the mountain, with edgeable surfaces, pockets of soft along the edges, and fun moguls and snowmaking swales on most of the newly opened trails. In a poor snow year like this it’d be a stretch to label any ski day “great,” but Saturday was certainly one of the better days that we’ve logged so far.

Crisp, sunny days have been in short supply this winter

Wild Air


Visibility was difficult, with much of the upper mountain in fog and low clouds for most of the day. Unfortunately, the fog and clouds were the forerunners of Sunday’s rains. Winter bounced back strongly however, and skiers can expect to see summit terrain coming online this weekend, including Hawkeye and Open Pit. With a little luck, winter will be sticking around for a while now.

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