March 4 to Commemorate 75 Years of Skiing in the Adirondack’s Gore Mountain Region
NORTH CREEK, N.Y. Feb. 20, 2009 -At 10:30 am on March 4, 1934, the first snow train transporting 378 Gore Mountain skiers arrived from Schenectady at the North Creek station that is located in the heart of the six-million-acre Adirondack Park. This date established North Creek as a winter recreation destination and Gore Mountain became home to one of the first commercial ski areas and ski patrols in the United States. This first train was organized by Vincent Schaefer of the Schenectady Wintersports Club.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of this historic snow train, an exciting calendar of events has been established. Festivities will commence on March 4 at 10:30 am on the train platform of the North Creek Depot Museum, led by Master of Ceremonies & Town of Johnsburg Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed. Several dignitaries have been invited to speak about the past and future of North Creek. An Upper Hudson River Railroad train car will be open for morning refreshments sponsored by the North Creek Depot Museum and participants are invited to explore the displays of both the museum and the Owens House Gallery, as well as browse the railroad's gift shop until 2 pm.
At 7 pm that evening guests can enjoy a wine and cheese reception sponsored by the Schenectady Wintersports Club, with a showcase of historical photos and mementos in the lower level of Tannery Pond Community Center. Local ski history experts will be on hand for visitors. At 7:30 pm, there will be an impressive collection of historical ski films presented with narration by Bill Schaefer. The Lois Perret ski patrol award will also be presented. These movies are free to the public.
On Thursday, March 5, Gore Mountain guests can enjoy a guided ski from Gore's summit to the historic North Creek Ski Bowl at 3 pm, with return shuttle service starting at 4 pm. During the interim, participants can ski "Village Slopes," serviced by Gore Mountain's recently installed triple chair - the Bowl's first-ever aerial chairlift.
Friday, March 6 will feature "Big Air at Little Gore" kicking off at 5 pm, with prizes including a new Flow snowboard from Fall Line Sports of Queensbury. On Saturday, March 7 the celebration culminates with a Coca-Cola Fireworks Spectacular at the North Creek Ski Bowl at 7:50 pm.
Throughout the festivities, on Wednesday through Saturday evenings, visitors and residents of the Gore Mountain Region are invited to enjoy several $19.34 dining and shopping opportunities. For complete details and a full schedule of events, visit www.GoreMountain.com.
The Adirondack Park, named for the Adirondack Mountains that lie within its boundaries, offers some of the best opportunities in the United States for outdoor recreation in a superb natural setting. The wilderness lands of the Adirondack Park are an outdoor-lover’s paradise and vacation packages offer a wonderful opportunity for visitors to sample all that there is to see and do in the region. The Adirondack Regional Tourism Council can provide information about planning a vacation in the Adirondack region. Call 800-487-6867 or log onto VisitAdirondacks.com for package listings, events, activities, restaurants, lodging and maps.