The Old Gore Gondola Cabin

Gore Mountain has a storied history of innovation.

Take a look below at just some of the milestones and celebrated occasions over 88 years that have established Gore as the premier snow sports experience in the Northeast!

The Gore Mountain Timeline

  • 1934  The first snow train, carrying 378 winter enthusiasts, arrives in North Creek at 10:30 am from Schenectady on March 4. The round-trip fare was $1.50. Ski Patrol at Gore Mountain was formed, one of the first of its kind, and served as a model for patrols all over the world. Lois Perret was the leader of the volunteer first aid committee. “Be careful, and think while you ski.”
  • 1946  3000′ t-bar is installed at the North Creek Ski Bowl, servicing 830 vertical feet.
  • 1964  Gore Mountain is developed, featuring a j-bar, a t-bar, and for the more advanced, a double chair, the longest lift in the East.
  • 1967  The first gondola in New York State is installed at Gore Mountain. It remains New York’s only gondola until 1999.
  • 1976  Gore Mountain installs its first snowmaking system on four trails: Sleeping Bear, Sunway, Showcase, and Cloud.
  • 1984  Gore Mountain installs the”Adirondack Express,” a high-speed triple, the only lift of its kind in the Eastern US.
  • 1995  “The Rumor” opens on February 9. This trail has 70% pitch and is one of the steepest trails in the East, designed for experts only.
  • 1996  Gore Mountain taps the mighty Hudson River for a snowmaking water source and quadruples snowmaking capabilities.
  • 1999  The Northwoods Gondola replaces the 1967 “Old Red Gondola.” The high-speed eight-passenger lift is named SKI Magazine’s “Best New Lift” and transports guests to the summit of Bear Mountain.
  • 2002  The Topridge Area is introduced on Bear Mountain, including a lift and four new trails. Providing service from the Straight Brook Valley, Topridge transforms the Gore Mountain experience.
  • 2003  The North Creek Ski Bowl is opened by Gore Mountain for lift-serviced tubing.
  • 2006  “Ruby Run,” a new beginner trail off the Northwoods Gondola is added, offering beginners 1700′ vertical feet and 2.2 miles of continuous skiing and riding.
  • 2007  Gore Mountain opens the new Northwoods Lodge. ” Village Chair,” the first-ever aerial chairlift at the North Creek Ski Bowl, is installed for day/night skiing and snowboarding.
  • 2008  New terrain serviced by a high-speed quad opens on Burnt Ridge Mountain, increasing Gore’s vertical to 2300′.
  • 2011  Gore Mountain opens the “Hudson Chair,” completing its Interconnect with the Historic North Creek Ski Bowl on Little Gore Mountain, and further developing its fourth peak of terrain.
  • 2014  The 1984 Adirondack Express is replaced with an all-new luxurious and high-speed detachable quad.
  • 2016  Gore Mountain’s 14,589 solar panels go live on the grid and offset 85% of the mountain’s energy use. The all-new Nordic Center at the North Creek Ski Bowl opens featuring a 5k trail network for cross-country skiers and snowshoers. This well-designed pod of terrain featuring snowmaking, lights, and grooming serves as a competition venue and hub for community fun.
  • 2017  Gore Mountain unveils significant expansions and renovations to four lodges for a brand-new mountain experience, top to bottom. The updated Northwoods, Saddle, and Straight Brook Lodges are open for the 17/18 snow season with the completion of Base Lodge construction in 2018.
  • 2018  Major overhauls to the snowmaking infrastructure including a brand-new pump house and energy-saving equipment allow Gore Mountain to significantly increase its snowmaking capacity.
  • 2019  Gore Mountain introduces new RFID lift access gates and reloadable SKI3 Cards for direct-to-lift convenience.
  • 2020  The Sunway and High Peaks Chairs are replaced with new quads. The unloading areas of both new lifts are located farther up the mountain and the Sunway Chair features a conveyor-style loading area. Gore Mountain’s snowmaking reservoir receives a massive expansion allowing enough water to maximize snowmaking capacity.
  • 2022  A brand-new alpine trail is being constructed on Burnt Ridge Mountain. This intermediate-rated trail will offer a more direct and convenient route to Little Gore Mountain and the North Creek Ski Bowl.