The lack of commercial base-area development on state- park land gives Gore a kind of Whiteface/Mad River/Cannon Mountain shut-up-and-ski vibe but one that’s close to home for lots of readers. There’s a parking lot, a base lodge, lifts...and that’s pretty much
it. Nightlife? Nope. Tiny North Creek has a few nice après places, but it pretty much shuts down after dark. Readers note that Gore lacks the steeps of a Mad River (the short-but- sweet backside pod comes pretty close), but its terrain is unusually charismatic—long, rolling cruisers; accessible, roomy glades—and the scenery is exceptional. “All you see from the mountain are waves of wilderness mountain vistas.” Readers like its lifts (No. 7), love its value (No. 5), and repeatedly describe it as underrated. “This resort is really a hidden gem. The views are just incredible.” “A very family-friendly and down-to-earth place.” —J.C.
Nearby Lake George’s lakeside hotels are hungry for winter business. Check out the stately Sagamore.
Like it steep? Try Rumor, Lies, and anything else off the Straight Brook quad.
Snag an upstairs table at the midmountain Saddle Lodge for good grub and great views.