As I was going up the gondola on my second run today an employee on the gondola with me said that this year was the last year for the Adirondack Express and that this summer it would be replaced with a quad just like the one on Burnt Ridge. Is this really true? Hopefully with the new lift they will either make it a bubble lift or realign it so that the windy spot at the top is no more.
We were reminiscing about the old days at Gore, yesterday...Remember the line coming out of the Gondola building and waiting on that line for an hour...Look at the crowds today and I complain when I have to wait ten minutes. In the old days I would go up top and ski the Summit Lift ( longer version of the High Peaks chair) until the snow was spent then go home. Now I can move all over the mountain (yes including the Ski Bowl and burnt Ridge) in no time and can avoid liftlines, while finding something I will enjoy skiing on almost all faces. Everybody has an opinion on what is needed and what they don't like...even more so in a horrible snow year like last year...but if you look back to how it was, all of the improvements at Gore over the years have made the skiing experience better and I am sure the improvements that will be approved and made in future years will continue to make our skiing and riding experience better. Instead of a bubble on the proposed new Arctic Express chair, lets find those old blankets they used to throw over you at the bottom...remember those
I don't think this would be the best use of limited capital. Most weekends so far have had a few lifts ( including new ones) closed due to lack of snow. Increased snowmaking would allow gore to run the lifts they already have. More snow will also increase early season visits. Plus i think the express has character.
I have always been a gondola person so I usually avoid the Adirondack Express, it is actually noticably slower than the gondola. It runs at 825 fpm while the gondola runs at 1110 fpm. Whenever I'm on it usualy about 4 or 5 gondola cabins pass me and the spacing on the gondola is I think a couple hundred feet so the speeds above I think are pretty close.