It’s hard not to compare Gore Mountain with its state-owned sister resort, Whiteface. Like the latter, it serves up stirring Adirondack vistas, the natural purity of which is unspoiled by any commercial slopeside development.
Gore doesn’t have a vibrant nearby town like Whiteface’s Lake Placid, but it’s a shorter drive for most. And while it lacks the vert and steepness of Whiteface, its mellower terrain is highly charismatic in a different way. (Experts will find some short-but- thrilling challenges on backside trails Rumor and Lies, and low-angle tree shots abound.) Loyal Gore skiers love the views, the old-school dirt-parking lot vibe, the family-friendliness, and the short commute from down-state. Nothing fancy here. Just good skiing.
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GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP Nearby Lake George’s lakeside hotels are hungry for winter business. Check out the stately Sagamore.
BRAGGING RIGHTS Like it steep? Try Rumor, Lies, and anything else off the Straight Brook quad.
ON-HILL EATS Snag an upstairs table at the mid-mountain Saddle Lodge for good grub and great views.