Did you know New York has more ski areas than any U.S. state? It’s true. And among them all, Gore offers the most skiable terrain (439 acres) with an overall experience many people underestimate. There’s incredible glade skiing up high, with plenty of family-friendly terrain down low, and views all around that’ll blow your mind. Not to mention, two double chairs—the lower-mountain Sunway Chair and the upper mountain High Peaks Chair—will both be replaced with shiny, high-speed quads in time for the 2020- ’21 season. And that’s all happening after ranking No. 6 in the Lift category after last season. Other Top 10 categories at Gore include Terrain, Challenge, Travel Ease, Scenery, Value, and Overall Satisfaction.
Readers consistently point to the lack of crowds thanks to the fact that Gore is owned by the state of New York and treated more like a recreation park than a business. “The variety of terrain makes for a great ski day,” one reader says. “The lifties are the best and really friendly, and the mountain continues to make wonderful improvements. I love that you are totally surrounded by nature and not skiing through what feels like backyards with condos crowding in.” — Connor Davis
2021 Reader Resort Rank for Gore Mountain: No. 18 in the East
- APRÈS SPOT: A couple miles down the road from Gore, belly up at becks TAVERN, a German-inspired spot with a modern exterior, old-school interior, plus all the Schnitzels and local beers you can eat and drink. Check out the yurts for extra good times.
- MANDATORY RUN: Bang a right from the top of the new High Peaks chair and dip into Macintyre Glades on skiers’ left, then link your run down into Darkside Glades while you’re at it. It’s tough to find tree skiing this good in the East.
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SKI Magazine's 2018 Review of Gore Mountain, N.Y.
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.