Tales from the Ski-Area Crypt


It’s been almost 30 years since the lifts turned at the North Creek Ski Bowl in Johnsburg, New York, an Adirondack hamlet of about 2,500. The Ski Bowl, which started in the ’30s with some of the East’s first lift-accessed terrain, suffered when nearby Gore Mountain opened in 1964, slowly withering until it died in the mid-seventies.

But, if town administrators have their way, that dormant period may soon end. In fact, if all goes according to plan, the North Creek Ski Bowl and neighboring Gore will become the only ski resorts in the Northeast to boast direct rail access from New York City. “It’s been in the back of our minds for years, says town supervisor Bill Thomas. “And now all the pieces are falling into place.

The pieces he speaks of include cutting a quasi-backcountry interconnect trail from Gore to link the two areas; $250,000 in federal funding to restore the 214-acre area; and a cool nine million bucks in aid to revive rail service between North Creek and Saratoga County, which is serviced by city trains. Currently the town is trying to attract developers, hopeful that the build-out of land adjacent to the Ski Bowl will provide the infrastructure vacationing skiers have come to expect. “We could have something really unique here, says Thomas.


Skiers at Gore Mountain (shown here) will soon be able to access nearby North Creek Ski Bowl—without taking off their skis.

DEC 2004