GREAT CAMPS OF THE ADIRONDACKS
& Gore Mountain Trail Names
You might know that the Fairview trail features one of Gore’s many beautiful vistas, but did you also know it’s named after a Great Camp of the Adirondacks?
The Great Camps of the Adirondack Mountains refer to the grandiose family compounds of cabins built along lakes in the Adirondacks. In 1999, when Gore Mountain began expanding in every direction, it started naming many of its newly-added trails after Great Camps. These remarkable retreats were synonymous with coveted Adirondack escapes during the 1800s, much like Gore wants to be your escape today. Just as the Great Camps are a cherished piece of Adirondack history, these trails have quickly become classics of the Gore Mountain ski experience.
When the Northwoods Gondola was installed, trails including Foxlair, Pine Knot, Kill Kare Glades, and Pinebrook Glades followed. Great Camp architecture is careful to blend the appearance of the buildings into the surrounding landscape, an objective Gore has shared in its award-winning efforts for minimizing visual impact. The gondola was a prime example of this, with low-profile towers and the granite grey and fir tree green color scheme. From the gondola line, look for two terrain park areas named after Camps, Wild Air, and Pot Luck. The Topridge area was unveiled in 2002, with trails including Topridge, Uncas, and High Pines. As you ski Topridge, check out old gnarled birch trees in every direction, vast sunny skies, and a steep pitch overlooking water to the south. The camp it’s named for had some of these natural features as well!
The names of some of the most significant Great Camps were reserved for Gore’s opening of the Burnt Ridge Area. Burnt Ridge boosted Gore’s skiable terrain by 78 acres, its vertical by 200′, and introduced a beautiful high-speed quad. The long and incredibly fun new trails there needed epic names like Sagamore, Echo, Cedars, Hedges, and Eagle’s Nest. As you explore the remote Burnt Ridge area, it feels like you’ve gone into the Adirondack backcountry, but are supplied with all the conveniences of a ski resort. The Great Camps were built for this same purpose – wild and rugged adventures meet luxury and comfort.
Visitors traveled by train to North Creek, and then by stagecoach, to access the Great Camps of the Adirondacks. The families who owned the camps were attracted to the wilderness and privacy of the rugged area. Most of the Great Camps were giant resort-like compounds equipped with multiple specific-use buildings like boathouses, bowling alleys, indoor tennis courts, chapels, sleeping quarters, and dining rooms. Today, some of the Great Camps have become historic landmarks and are open to visitors. Don’t miss Santanoni – both a Gore trail and a publicly accessible Great Camp in Newcomb, NY.