A friend told me he tried to go skiing at Gore Mountain Ski Center on Sunday morning, and the traffic was backed up from the access road onto Peaceful Valley Road. They waited in traffic that barely moved for nearly an hour, never did get to the mountain, turned around and headed home to ski West Mountain instead.
The new snow apparently brought the masses out to the mountain on Sunday and Monday. Johnsburg Supervisor Andrea Hogan said there were major traffic issues, and many people couldn't get to the mountain.
There was a high school meet at the Ski Bowl portion of the resort, and some student skiers missed out because they were stuck in traffic, Hogan said.
"It was crazy," she said.
"Traffic was backed up all the way to Wevertown," Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson said.
The result was a big three-day weekend for businesses in the North Creek area, though it was clear that some skiers went home unhappy, at least on Sunday.
Emily Stanton, marketing manager for Gore, said the issue seemed to be many skiers arriving around the same time.
"It was a huge crowd that hit all at once — the holiday weekend and natural snowfall had everyone ready to hit the slopes at the same time. I am not aware of us turning people away, but there were several guests who opted to head out due to the influx of traffic and delays they experienced in getting here. Fortunately it is an uncommon occurrence, and we are sorry that Sunday’s guests had difficulties in accessing the mountain as efficiently as they usually do."
— Don Lehman
Don Lehman covers police and court matters, Warren County government and the outdoors. He can be reached at 518-742-3224 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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