Master the Mountain
by Liana Maraschiello Photos by Steve Kain

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On the last weekend of February we headed up to Gore Mountain in North Creek, New York to participate in the Master the Mountain program. This program consists of two full day lessons for skiers or riders both days breakfast and lunch is included. This is an exciting and fun opportunity to explore the mountain and variety of terrain and conditions. We were able to learn some new tactics and polish up some old ones skiing and riding Gore's cruisers, steeps, and glades. We were grouped by ability level in a program that is open to men and women who want to take their skiing and riding to another level.



Accommodations
When we arrived at the Alpine Homestead B&B Friday night it was about 9pm. We were met by the owners Barry and Peggy who immediately made us feel welcome by offering us slippers and a nice hot cup of tea. We were then showed the whole house and our room.

The Tannery room which has a king size bed was very comfortable and spacy. The bathroom although wasn't connected to the room was not too far down the hall and we were given robes to wear if we wanted.

The breakfast every morning was very filling and delicious, we always had leftovers to take to the mountain with us. Weekend room rates begin at $90 and are very reasonable. For reservations call 518-251-4697 and mention you heard about them through Ski Bum News.



Master the Mountain
The program started Saturday morning at 8:30am. When we got there we met our instructors for the day and the other people in our group. By 9am we went to our respective places.

Being a beginner snowboarder, I was still on the bunny hills. The first half of the day my instructor Galen showed me the proper way to snowboard. Of course, I fell a couple hundred times but it was still fun. I finally learned how to turn from heel side to toe side which I was afraid of. Once it was time for lunch, I decided to take a break for the rest of the day to relax my neck, knee, and ankle.

The next day we all met up at the same time. Even though my neck was killing me from the day before I went out anyway to learn as much as possible. Galen helped me pick back up from where I stopped the previous day. I was doing pretty well this time around. I was able to connect the turns without falling that much.


After getting to our meeting places, Steve went off with he's skiing instructor Joe. He went down the Chattimack, Hawkeye and every trail on the Bear Mountain Peak. He got to learn how to ride on the moguls, how to turn more efficient, brush up on his skills, and learned when to get speed on different types of snow.

For anyone trying to take lessons this is the way to go. All the instructors(insert picture) work very well with everyone and make sure that everyone knows what they are doing wrong and how to fix it.

Stats
Gore offers the most terrain in NY State and has a 2537 ft. vertical. Gore has 40 miles of trails on 437 acres.

Here's what you'll find at Gore:

An 8-passenger high-speed gondola, servicing every level of terrain, including the easier-rated "Ruby Run" Trail

Seven individual mountain areas, each independently offering their own mountain adventure

The Northwoods Lodge by Lincoln Logs, a newly built Base Area facility that conveniently centralizes rentals, ticketing, children's programs, daycare, meeting facilities, and group sales, and serves as a one-stop shop for families

A snowmaking system linked to the endless water supply of the Hudson River- 160 new tower guns were added during summer 2011

Five freestyle areas, offering unique experiences for the beginner, intermediate, and expert freestyler

21 different glades providing extensive backcountry excitement

A Base Lodge with over 7,500 square feet of newly renovated space

"The Rumor," arguably the steepest trail in the East

If you are looking for an excellent ski vacation, plan a visit to Gore Mountain, the Ski Bum News recommends it.

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