Sunday, April 24, 2011

Gore Mountain circa 1986

Gore's Old Red Gondola, March 1986, viewed from the Hawkeye trail. 

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I recently unearthed these photos that I took at Gore in the mid-1980s, an era before snowboards, helmets and mammoth snowmaking operations. If you skied at Gore then, you will certainly remember the Old Red Gondola, featured in many of the images here. The pictures were all taken with a Pentax 35mm SLR using 100-speed print film. I scanned the prints to create the digital images. The photo above and the two below are from March, 1986.

Hawkeye and the Straightbrook double chair

My brother Dave on Chatiemac, just below the Hawkeye cross-over. That is nice looking snow.

The photos below are all from January, 1987. Since it was early in the season, it appears Chatiemac and Hawkeye weren't open yet. In fact, I'm not sure those trails had snowmaking at that time. Perhaps someone who knows can chime in.

The Old Red Gondola

Descending into the Straightbrook valley

Rumor was cut eight years later on the right

Approaching the summit

The High Peaks chair, back when it went all the way to Gore's summit

My brother Dave (right) riding the High Peaks chair