Gore Region takes its name from Gore Mountain, one of the major skiing destinations in the Northeast. Gore offers a plethora of prime downhill skiing routes, but it’s not the only spot in Johnsburg where visitors and locals alike can hit the ski trails. The region offers great options for cross-country skiers and those looking for gentler slopes, too.
Garnet Hill Lodge Cross-Country Skiing
Garnet Hill Lodge in North River is home to a premier Nordic ski center and adjacent to the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area with its nearly 40 miles of mapped and marked trails, making it an ideal base for backcountry skiing in the Adirondacks.
While there are almost endless trail options for backcountry skiing, two popular routes are the Botheration Bond Ski Trail and the Raymond Brook Ski Trail:
Botheration Pond Ski Trail
Beginning at Old Farm Clearing and ending back at Garnet Hill, Botheration Pond Loop is an 8 mile route circling the Balm of Gilead Mountain and several smaller hills. The loop combines existing trails with more than a mile of new trails and two bridges, requiring about 4 hours to complete. It’s best suited for intermediate-level skiers.
The Raymond Brook Ski Trail
The Raymond Brook Ski Trail is one of the oldest ski trails in the area and is considered a historic Adirondack backcountry ski route. It descends over several hundred feet through forested land, and takes about 3 hours to complete. The Raymond Brook Ski Trail is best for intermediate to advanced skiers.
Garnet Hill guides can also take more advanced skiers on excursions to more challenging trails such as those found on Puffer Pond, Hour Pond, Peaked Mountain Pond and more. All stays during ski season enable guests to have full access to the resort and ski center, and include trail passes, snowshoe rentals, and a hearty breakfast to fuel your winter adventures.
North Creek Ski Bowl
The historic North Creek Ski Bowl in North Creek, NY, situated at the base of Little Gore, one of Gore Mountain’s four peaks, was the site of many American ski industry innovations. Established in 1934 as a small downhill skiing site, the Ski Bowl has expanded to become an important part of Gore Mountain and a year-round draw for visitors to Gore Region, as it doubles as a community recreation complex.
The Ski Bowl is also the terminus of backcountry ski trails originating from Barton Mines Road, and it serves as the site for Gore’s Nordic Ski Center. There are Alpine skiing trails at the Ski Bowl, but there are also extensive routes for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Twilight skiing takes place under the lights at the ski bowl, and beginner cross-country skiing lessons are offered there as well.
Gore Mountain proper isn’t the only place to ski in Johnsburg, but it’s arguably the most well-known – we’d be remiss not to mention it! Gore Mountain boasts 4 peaks, 110 trails, 14 lifts – including their eight-passenger Northwoods Gondola and two high-speed quads – and has made recent improvements to make your experience on its slopes even better. Be sure to check out their snow reports and take a look at their trail map to help plan your visit.
The Trails are Waiting…
Now that you’ve got the inside scoop on some of the best spots to enjoy snow sports in Gore Region, it’s time to plan a visit to break up those winter doldrums. Grab your skis, snowboards, or snowshoes and head up to Johnsburg to hit the trails!