This is Gore Mountain in Lake George, New York. It’s where we ended up spending our family skiing vacation after spending Christmas with Chris’ Mom in Putnam Valley, NY. In researching ski resorts in the NY area, we found there really wasn’t much to choose from due to lack of snow. Many of the ski runs were closed due to weather – meaning there was no snow, and it wasn’t even cold enough to make snow. But – we dug around until we found one mountain that was open and that’s where we headed. Gore Mountain was about a 3 hour drive north from where we were staying at Jane’s house – so it wasn’t that far out of the way.
Here is a picture of Gore Mountain from the ski lodge. You can see areas where the grass is peeking through the snow (under the ski lift) – those areas weren’t open for skiing, but they did have 13 other runs open:
Here’s a picture of the “Northwoods Gondola” – it’s what we used to get from the bottom of the mountain, to the top. Sometimes we used the Gondola.. othertimes, we used the regular ski lift:
We arrived on our first day and purchased a 3-day ski pass for each of us. We settled into our hotel and then hit the slopes. Here’s Missy upon arrival on our first day – – she’s never gone skiing on a real mountain before.. she’s very excited:
While Ben.. is very contemplative of the events that lie ahead of him…
Chris, on the otherhand, is rarin’ to go…
Here’s a picture of Chris and Ben riding the ski lift up the side of the mountain – obviously, Missy and I are in the chair behind them…
And a picture of Missy sitting next to me on the lift:
Chris was able to snap a picture of the three of us making our way down the mountain:
And a picture of Ben in action:
And a few rare pictures of me actually on my feet (not on my butt!):
And a picture of Chris helping Missy up after a tumble:
All in all, we had a great time. Even if the weather was a bit mild for skiing – it was cold enough at Gore Mountain that they were making snow all day long. At the very top of Gore Mountain – we were at 3200 feet and the temperature was 12 degrees. At the bottom, the temperature was 30 – – just enough to keep the fake snow from melting. We skied for three straight days and had a lot of fun doing it, despite the weather.
Of course, on Friday, the morning we left… wouldn’t you know that we started the drive home in a snow storm? Why it couldn’t snow like that while we were skiing the past three days.. I’ll never know. Next year? We’re thinking of taking the kids to Tahoe for a ski vacation!
Happy New Year, everyone!