In the past I can remember getting out to ski at Thanksgiving and battling the hordes of people who want to get out for their first or second time early in the season and to be honest as I have gotten older as much as I like to get out going to Killington and fighting the hordes of people trying to ski 3 trails on top of the glade chair was like putting your life in someone else’s hands. Now this was well in the past and I guess I just wanted to give it a try one more time.
The day was Last Saturday Nov 29th, a nice mild sunny day My grandson, brother and sister in laws and myself went up to Gore . Surprisingly the parking lot was not full (although it did fill up as the time got later) but I have heard stories of the weekend before it was really busy. It had snowed over Thanksgiving so any snow that was on the trails from snowmaking had some fresh topping on it. Both the Gondola and the new Adirondack Express chair were running.
The Express was put up this summer to replace the old triple that went up to the Saddlebrook Lodge. It is a 7 minute ride to the top on a soft cushioned quad chair. Very fast and very nice. Now it isn’t like riding the gondola however does not have a lift line and if the gondola is busy ( which often times it does) this is a great alternative. In addition when they installed the lift the new design comes in a little lower at the top and has eliminated the steep ramp on the old triple. Nice Fix!
There were about 12 trails open but basically 3 trails combined rom the 10 to make 3. The beginner’s trails were open also to add a few more. I would have not expected any more this early in the season. What was open was fantastic skiing. We had fresh groomed snow on a good base that held up all day. That is saying a lot with few trails and lots of skiers on them.
From the gondola to ruby run or foxlair to sunway to quicksilver was one way to get down or you could also go all the way down sunway top to bottom ( which was the way to go) or showcase to upper sleigh ride where features were already being put in place. We tried them all and all were in great shape.
Now, this was my first day out and I had lunch and could not get up to go out again I was beginning to worry that turning 71 was starting to catch up with me but it turned out I was getting sick and spent the rest of the afternoon getting comfortable trying to sleep on the circle disc seats of the lunch tables in the lodge. God I wish there was a couch to stretch out on. As a matter of fact the reason I have not written this until now was that there was zero energy in me till today and I still am questioning today.
Everyone else with me had a fantastic time and the snow quality held up right to the end, could you have imagined if there were more trails open. I would expect that there will be more this weekend and some snow is supposed to be in the way.