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Experience Adirondack Cross-Country Skiing That's Worth the Drive

Winter is here, and while some people love the rush of wind as they ski or snowboard down a slope, others can't wait to strap on their cross-country skis or snowshoes for an adventure through a snowy landscape. If you'd love to hit the trails this winter, then consider a day trip to the Nordic Center at Gore Mountain, a cross-country ski destination for all skill levels.

a family of four with cross country skis

Adventure Awaits at This One-of-a-Kind Nordic Center

Located in the Hamlet of North Creek, Gore Mountain is a premier family-friendly ski resort featuring the largest lift network and most skiable acreage in New York State and four unique peaks: Gore Mountain, Little Gore Mountain, Bear Mountain, and Burnt Ridge Mountain.

At the foot of Little Gore Mountain lies the North Creek Ski Bowl, also known as Gore's original basecamp. This is where you'll find the ski resort's one-of-a-kind Nordic facility, which combines snowmaking, lights, grooming, and a pocket of well-designed cross-country ski trails.

a cross country skier on a trail

The natural wooded routes and varying inclines in the trail network welcome new and experienced skiers to explore the scenic property. You can challenge yourself with steep climbs or stick to the gently rolling terrain if you'd prefer an easier exercise. Snowshoers can enjoy the Nordic trails too by sticking to the sides.

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Best of all, cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals are available in the Ski Bowl Lodge for your convenience. If you’re out there for the first time or don’t own equipment, the Nordic Center has you covered this winter.

By Day or By Night, the Fun Never Stops

three skiers outside at night

Have you ever experienced twilight skiing before? When night arrives at Gore’s Nordic Center, the ski resort turns on the lights to transform the area into an illuminated winter wonderland.

This beautiful and calm time of day is perfect for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing under the lights. Many of the Nordic Center’s trails stay open for exploring at night, so you can extend your ski day or stop by after school/work for a memorable outing.

First Timer? No Problem! Sign Up for a Lesson

a woman skiing down a small hill

The varied terrain at the Nordic Center means there are plenty of trails for beginner, intermediate, and advanced cross-country skiers and snowshoers. However, if you’ve never tried cross-country skiing but would like to learn more, then Gore can help.

On select days during winter, you can take cross-country ski lessons from experienced instructors. There are two options: the first is a one-hour beginner lesson, and the other is a Learn-To Package For Beginners that includes trail access, rentals, and a one-hour lesson.

The Nordic Center offers ski lessons at noon, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and daily during holiday periods (Christmas Week, Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, and President’s Week). Gore Mountain recommends that anyone interested in a lesson call (518) 251-0899 so they can prepare for your arrival.

Mix & Mingle With Your Fellow Skiers & Snowshoers

people at outdoor food truck in winter

After a fun day exploring the Nordic trail system, there’s no better way to wind down than a trip to the Ski Bowl Lodge or Yurt. Both are located a short distance from the trails and are popular hangout spots for skiers and snowshoers.

Inside the Ski Bowl Lodge, you can relax at a table with a hearty snack from the nearby food truck. The truck is open for lunch and dinner with plenty of options for everyone. Enjoy a meal and chat with some of Gore’s other visitors.

If you’re looking to take a shorter break during your outdoor adventure, stop by the Yurt instead. This large outdoor tent is a great place to rest up, socialize, and become part of the Gore Mountain community.

Catch All the Racing Action at the Nordic Courses

a nordic racer

Did you know the Gore Mountain Nordic Center now has four courses certified by the International Ski Federation (FIS)? In 2018, Gore announced that these courses have been inspected and determined to be in compliance with the standards required for elite Nordic races.

According to Gore Mountain General Manager James Bayse, "We are thrilled to have our Nordic race venue certified by the FIS. This certification not only recognizes the quality of our venue, but will also allow us to host upper level FIS events."

The FIS certified courses include Gore's 2.5K Distance Course, the 3.3K Distance Course, the 1.2K Sprint Course, and the 1.6K Sprint Course. Stay up to date on all the upcoming Nordic races this season »

Discover Even More Winter Fun at the Ski Bowl

winter halfpipe

While the Nordic Center is a key part of Gore's winter activities at the North Creek Ski Bowl, there is much more to discover at the site. You can test your skills at the halfpipe, ski or snowboard down the alpine trails, or explore The Interconnect to access Gore's other peaks.

A world of fun awaits you at this second hub of Gore! Plan your day trip to this winter destination today »

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