North Creek Ski Bowl History

The North Creek Ski Bowl that borders Ski Bowl Village is rich in skiing history. Opened in 1934, it is one of the oldest downhill ski areas in the United States and is credited as having pioneered the first modern Ski Patrol of the era.

Historic Ski Bowl area map

Back in 1934 and for decades thereafter Ski Trains from Albany and New York City pulled into North Creek Station loaded with intrepid skiers hoping to test their skills against its slopes. The original travelers were brought up the mountain in trucks but later rope tows and T-bars were installed.

At the Ski Bowl circa 1960

The Ski Bowl’s 1946 T-bar lift pulled skiers up 830 feet of vertical and was on the cutting edge of the day’s technology. A wide variety of great runs were available and the Ski Bowl enjoyed a golden age of popularity post-WWII through the early 1960s. Then, in 1964, New York State opened Gore Mountain and it became an irresistible magnet for skiers who had formerly headed for the North Creek Ski Bowl.

Loyalists continued to come to the Ski Bowl for the next ten years but by the mid-1970s Gore Mountain was really the only game in town.

For the many who loved the Ski Bowl and its diverse terrain the rallying-cry became “Interconnect!” The reasoning was that if Gore Mountain and the Ski Bowl could somehow be joined everyone would benefit. First steps were taken in 2003 when Gore Mountain absorbed a portion of the Ski Bowl and re-opened it as a separate specialty destination. Four years later the Village Chair was installed and a whole new pod of skiing, together with a terrain park and lighting for night skiing became available at the Ski Bowl. The following year, in 2008, the Burnt Ridge Quad lift was installed at Gore and this meant that only one piece of the puzzle remained to make the Interconnect a reality.

2011: The dream is now a reality!

The final piece, the Hudson Chair, became operational in 2011. It makes all of Gore Mountain accessible from the Ski Bowl and integrates both into a single stupendous ski experience. Mindful of the history of the Ski Bowl site, the trail under the Hudson Chair lift line is named the ‘46er, a nod to the 1946 T-bar that once traced that route to the top. Those with warm memories of the Ski Bowl in its heyday will marvel at what it has now become. However, for a whole new generation of skiers the completion of the Interconnect means “More Gore!” plain and simple.

Best of all, the Interconnect is just the beginning of the good things that are in store for Gore, the town of North Creek and the Ski Bowl. Look in future years for the expansion of the Ski Bowl trail system, added snowmaking capacity and the growth of the already-wondrous variety of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking trails that lace this Adirondack Park gem. Ski Bowl Village residents will have front-row seats to all of this.

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