I’ve been doing quite a bit of preseason hiking at gore. Twister glades have professionally manicured. You could probably be ski it on with skinny skis and 6 inches of snow. Uncas has been brush-hogged so there won’t be a repeat of last year when early snowfall lead to thicket whiplash. High Pines to be hogged soon. Wild Air has been revamped with an additional 20-30 feet widening on skier’s right. I think that it has probably doubled in width since being cut almost 20 years ago. Lots of snowmaking work with new pipes and guns. It is sad to see the paucity of crowds on summer and fall weekends. The attendants to the carnival rides sit sit all day with only occasional customers. the new zip line is very minor league IMHO.
I was part of the huge Columbus Day crowd at gore. The parking lots looked like a powder day and the line for gondola stretched almost to the parking lot. Heard that gore was laying off seasonal staff this weekend which meant that there would be no more soft maintenance done like brush-hogging trails. Unfortunately, High Pines didn’t get cut again this year. It will take significant snow pack to cover the brush. I’m hoping that High Pines will get some charity work before the season opens. Lots of new snow guns installed around the mountain.
This may not be the correct thread - but does anyone know how the Snow Sampler Tickets actually work at Gore / Whiteface? Do you have to take them to the window to convert them to lift tickets or can you just roll right onto the lifts (I'd imagine the former, especially with the new RFID system)
I'm thinking of getting 1 or 2 for my wife who doesn't ski that much, but if I get 2 then for like $200 more we don't have to deal with the ticket window.
I used them last year and you had to go to the window EACH DAY to turn them into regular tickets. They do count as full price tickets so they can be used during Take Your Kids Skiing weeks, if that's your jam.