That's not saying that the mountain itself is taking a step back, as a matter of fact they are leaping ahead with new lifts, trails and lots of things are planned for the near future including a lift down to North Creek into the ski bowl.
Now lets that step back.
The 1932 Olympics in Lake Placid inspired a number of North Creek locals to build ski trails in their area. The first rope tows in New York State were installed using a revolving drum hooked to a Ford V-8 engine. On March 4, 1934, the first Delaware & Hudson ski train from Schenectady came to North Creek with 378 skiers. Local busses and trucks were put into service carrying passengers to the higher trails and local homes were used for boarding houses. By 1936, trains were coming from New York City as well. These continued into the early 1940's.
After January 1, 2012 the ski train is now back in operation. It does not come from Schenectady as it did in the past but will be starting in Saratoga, bringing passengers up to North Creek for a day or two or more of skiing at Gore.
The schedule is such that you board the train at 7:00 a.m. and get to North Creek about 9:00 a.m. there will be shuttles to bring you up to the mountain (about a five minute drive from the train station) and bring you back down to the train at about 4:30 p.m. for the ride back to Saratoga.
I am sure you are questioning why take the train; its only takes and an hour to get from Saratoga to Gore. My answer is simple, for the experience. It is nice to sit and relax on the train. In mid December we took the train ride along the Upper Hudson River. It is beautiful to see. Most don't get to see it ever unless you whitewater canoe. My 12 year old grandson came along and thought it was great.
The train and ski package is actually about the same cost as the ski ticket to Gore. By parking at the train station in Saratoga will save you about $20 to $30 dollars depending on the fuel consumption of your vehicle. Along with that you can also avoid the bad weather and traffic. You don't have to worry about the road conditions, parking on the access road or even filling the tank. If you pay a little more and reserve seat in the doom car can start your day on the train with a hot breakfast on the way up. You can ski all day and AprÃ¨s ski with a couple of drinks as well as a full dinner menu on the way home.
The ski train operates Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from late December until the end of March. The price includes the lift ticket, as well as two drinks on the way back in the bar car and as I said before that cost is about the same as a full priced ticket at Gore. So it's not only will be a unique experience but also reasonable.
For more information go to www.GoreMountainSnowTrain.com