Fans flock to Gore Mountain for ‘Spring Skiing’ – Saratogian


NORTH CREEK, NY – Spring skiing is in full swing at Gore Mountain where large crowds turned out last Saturday under crystal clear skies with panoramic views of the high snow-capped peaks to the north.

Bright, warm sunshine helped create a refreshing party atmosphere as guests shed their heavy jackets in favor of lighter, more comfortable gear.

First-time visitor Lucas Markowitz got into the spirit of things wearing a New York Mets uniform with the name of his favorite player, Pete Alonso, on the back. Hope is eternal with each new baseball season, which finds the Mets on the road Thursday in Washington.

  • John Gianglormino and Lucas Markowitz, left to right, enjoyed a day of spring skiing at Gore Mountain while wearing gear for their favorite sports teams, the New York Knicks and Mets, respectively. The North Creek resort plans to stay open past Easter Sunday. (photo Paul Post)

  • Queensbury’s Liam Meilhede donned a colorful spring ski outfit for a recent Slush Cup pond skimming event at West Mountain, which also hosted a Northwest Fest last Saturday highlighted by live music, a barbecue and prizes for competitors performing the best tricks. Weather permitting, West Mountain will be open this Saturday and Sunday. (photo Paul Post)

Markowitz is optimistic, even with two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom sidelined with shoulder problems early in the season.

The Mets recruited three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and Chris Bassett, who went 12-4 with Oakland last year, to bolster a pitching team that also includes former 18-time winner Carlos Carrasco. matches.

“If we’re healthy, I look forward to the playoffs,” Markowitz said with a smile. “We’ve built the rotation pretty well, so I think it’ll be fine.”

He was joined by good friend John Gianglormino, sporting an orange and blue jacket, the same colors as Markowitz’s Mets shirt. Markowitz’s jacket supported the lowly New York Knicks, who won’t make the playoffs after another mediocre season on the hard court.

“I decline any questions about the Knicks,” joked Gianglormino. ” It is a work in progress. We must first understand what is wrong.

Like many people, these ski buddies don’t want the season to end.

“It’s a beautiful place, a beautiful day,” Markowitz said. “Sorry you missed it if you’re not here.”

On Saturday, 70 people took part in a fun competition on the upper slopes of the mountain. From the Straight Brook Quad, competitors had to complete 10 laps in two hours, which is no easy task as the trails from the top are the toughest.

The names of those who accomplished the feat were entered into a raffle with a chance to win prizes such as a snowboard, goggles, sunglasses, hats, boot bags , backpacks, gloves and helmets.

Weather permitting, Gore plans to stay open past Easter Sunday (April 17), boosting a footfall mark that has already surpassed last year’s total of 213,910 visits. By March 31, the North Creek resort had already welcomed 214,313 guests.

Gore will be open daily until next Monday (April 11), closed Tuesday-Thursday (April 12-14) before reopening on Good Friday (April 15) for a long Easter weekend that includes a popular service Easter sunrise and brunch buffet.

“Our season closing date has yet to be determined,” spokeswoman Julia Johnson said. “

After the snow melts, Gore transitions into a full range of summer and fall outdoor activities such as scenic parachute rides, hiking trails with games and challenges, downhill mountain biking and disc golf on a wooded course of nine baskets.

Gore Mountain officials are eagerly awaiting the grand opening in early summer of a new $30 million project called Ski Bowl Village that is expected to make North Creek a true year-round destination. Ski trails already connect Gore to the historic North Creek Ski Bowl, where local skiing got its start in the 1930s.

Plans call for a new 18,300 square foot Ski Bowl base lodge designed to attract patrons during summer and shoulder seasons as well as winter. The project, slated for completion next year, includes a full-service hiking center, scenic chairlift rides and a unique rail zipline that takes people up the mountain on an elevated zigzag course before descend on a zip line.


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