North Creek – Winter Fun Guide!

North Creek – Winter Fun Guide!

Winter Fun Guide

North Creek has always been a Winter Sports Mecca mostly due to our location adjacent to the Skiing Facilities at Gore Mt. Ski Center. Recent Covid constraints have seen a surge in outdoor recreation interest and have forced some additional restrictions at Gore Mt with some limits imposed on Lift Ticket and Season Pass Sales. So, here is a compendium of other great Winter activities and attractions in the North Creek area and beyond! Most businesses and all indoor spaces require mask use and social distancing.  For Additional Alpine Ski Areas consider Oak Mt, Speculator, NY (35 miles), or West Mt., Queensbury, NY (35 miles).  They may or may not have available tickets.  Check their websites:
Oak Mountain  |  West Mountain

Read about local restaurants, take-out food during Covid CLICK HERE!


This is the Winter equivalent of hiking during the warm months. You can visit a remote pond, top out on a mountain summit, or just take a walk in the winter woods. Most everyone can snowshoe, even kids! That said – some basics of winter recreation are in order. Dress the part – you will need warm winter boots, and layers of mostly non-cotton clothing. Alpine skiing clothing will generally fill the bill, but the large bulky parka will probably be too much as you warm up. Other essentials include a small day pack, extra clothing – warmer gloves, winter hat, water, snacks, and especially this time of year – A HEADLIGHT or flashlight.

Where to go? Many of the favorite Summer hiking trails are perfect for snowshoeing! The North Creek Area is adjacent to the 114,000 acre Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area with over 70 miles of mapped and marked trails. Use our Hiking Guide to select an adventure. These are more than casual walks especially if you are breaking trail (the first ones after a big snowfall). Additional trails are available off the Schaefer Trail (Parking just outside the Transfer station near the ski bowl). Also see our Backcountry Ski and Snowshoe Map Here.

If you are brand new to snowshoeing – rentals and easy packed trails are available at the 2 Cross Country Ski Centers – Garnet Hill in North River and Ski Bowl Nordic at Gore on Rt. 28. The Ski bowl has a few Kilometers of snowmaking so it might be the best bet if many other trails are washed out or thin. Other rentals are available at Beaver Brook Outfitters and Cunningham’s Ski Barn. Another unique snowshoe venue is Stone Bridge and Caves in Pottersville with snowshoe rentals and guided tours. More Info, Click a link below:

Garnet Hill | Ski Bowl Nordic | Beaverbrook Outfitters | Cunningham’s Ski Barn | Stone Bridge and Caves

Cross Country Skiing

The North Creek area has 2 full service cross country ski centers with rentals, lessons, and groomed trails.

More Info, Click A Link: Garnet Hill Outdoor Center | Gore Mt. Ski Bowl Nordic | Backcountry Skiing

More Activities, Click a link:
Snowmobile Tours – C and C Tours, Chestertown
Sleigh Rides – Circle B Ranch, Chestertown

Best Rainy Day Activities Most indoor spaces are closed due to Covid Restrictions but The Wild Center in Tupper Lake is open with a spectacular light and music show on one of their trails. Well worth the 1 hour 15 min drive. But it is ALL outside – the indoor exhibits are not open (restrooms are open). More Info on their website The Wild Center

Sledding and Ice Skating!

The Town of Johnsburg Sledding Hill and Ice Skating are now Open!  Drive into the ski Bowl Park and take a left turn to the Beach.  Park here and access the sledding hill with a short walk to the right.  Ice Skating (loner skates available at the Pavilion) is on the pond and has been cleared of snow.

Sledding and Ice Skating – another great venue is Dynamite Hill in Chestertown

Covid-19 – Who’s Open, Best Practices, etc!

Covid-19 – Who’s Open, Best Practices, etc!

Covid-19, North CreekCovid-19 in North Creek! 

What’s Open, Dining – Eat-in and Take-out, Gore Mt. Protocols

The Coronavirus Pandemic has been a challenge for the North Creek business community and visitors alike.  But with sensible accommodation and following local, regional and national guidelines – we can all make it through this winter and just maybe have some skiing fun!  Generally assume that you are required to wear a face covering or mask in ANY indoor space this holiday period and beyond.

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Restaurant, Bars, Food Stores Updated March, 2021Restaurant, Bars, Food Stores Updated March, 2021

Adirondack Spirits Liquor Store (in the Tops Plaza, Main Street, North Creek) 518-251-3898
Everyday. Mon – Thurs 10-7, Fri & Sat 930-8, Sun 12-6

Basil and Wicks, 3195 Rt. 28  518-251-3100  4-8PM Fridays and 3-8PM Saturday, Sundays and Mondays – Eat-in and Take-out
Turkey Monday is Back!

Becks at Gore Mt. Lodge,  881 Peaceful Valley Road  |  518-251-5100  |  Open for Eat-in and Take Out  NEW – Becks Has Reopened  “Full Operation”!  Yurt will be open as well for the same days and hours. 

Black Mountain Lodge, 2999 State Route 8, North Creek, NY 12853  |  518-251-9937 
Black Mountain Lodge will be open for dinner from 5-8PM Thurs-Sun. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Give us a call 518-251-9937, for updated selections!

Chef Jake’s Take Out and Catering (At barVino), 272 Main Street, North Creek NY  |  201-403-1432  Phones open at 3:45PM for Take Out Orders Only.  Open Sunday 2/14.  Regular Thursday-Saturday Menu changes weekly – see barVino’s Facebook or Chef Jake’s Facebook for menu 

New!  Hey Days Restaurant – Pizza, Wings, More  |  267 Main Street, North Creek  |  518-251-4448, Take-out ONLY    More Info  Closed Tuesday & Wednesday  New!  Reopened! 

Chrissy’s Cafe, 296 Main Street  |  North Creek, NY 12853  |  518-251-9909
Open from 7AM-3PM.  Closed Thursdays

Full Belly Deli, 2378 State Route 28, Wevertown, NY 12886  |  518- 251-3663,
6:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Garnet Hill Lodge, 13th Lake Road, North River, NY 12856  |  518-251-2444
Open Daily Log House is open for Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 8-8 on weekdays and 8-9 on weekends. Take out and dine in. Outdoor Center take out 11-2 Saturday and Sunday only  *Reservations Required for all Eat-in dining

The Inn on Gore (takeout only) – Open for Take-Out Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Trappers Tavern at Phoenix Inn,
Trappers Tavern is open for dine-in and take out 7 days a week from 12:00 to 9pm. Reservations are required for 4 or more people. 
Breakfast is also available in our Dining Room from 8:00am to 11:00am open Saturdays and Sundays.

Tops Grocery Store, 273 Main Street, North Creek, NY 12853  |  518- 251-4669 
Sun 7am-7pm; Mon-Sat 7am-9pm

Barking Spider Bar/Restaurant, 302 Main St,  North Creek, NY  |  518-251-9911, Closed Tuesdays

Gypsy Pop Up Dinners at Izzy’s Deli, Main St. (Takeout Only, menu changes weekly).  We are open Valentine’s Day straight through Friday night. Sunday nights menu is added!  Our President’s week special is : *Daily soup, * Stuffed shells, * garlicky herb bread, *decadent dark chocolate brownie  |  518-251-3000  Facebook Page

Kiki’s Sweets …..In the little storefront attached to Bar Vino, Main Street  |  518-812- 4869
Open for custom orders onlyFacebook Page

Cafe Sarah Bakery Restaurant,

Marsha’s Family Restaurant

More stores, shopping, services CLICK HERE!

Gore Mt. North CreekAt Gore Mountain, our team is:

  • Undergoing a daily health screening prior to every shift.
  • Following guidelines recommended by New York State and CDC.
  • Implementing increased frequency of cleaning procedures and a deep clean at night.
  • Reducing capacity where necessary to maintain social distancing.
  • Placing hand sanitizer stations throughout the venue.

When visiting Gore Mountain, please help us by:

  • Wearing a face covering (mask). These are required at all times while you are at Gore except for when actively skiing or when you are eating/drinking while seated.
  • Washing your hands often or using hand sanitizer when washing isn’t available.
  • Practicing social distancing.


  • Advanced purchase online is required for all lift tickets, lessons, and rentals.
  • The availability of tickets, lessons, or rentals for purchase at the mountain is not guaranteed, and you may not be able to ski without a pre-purchased ticket. It is recommended to purchase as far in advance as possible to guarantee the dates you’d like to visit.
  • Once you have an RFID-enabled SKI3 Card (one of our lift tickets), it can be reloaded for future visits online for convenient direct-to-lift access at any of our resorts: Gore, Whiteface, and Belleayre.

Arrival / Departure

  • Use our expanded drop off areas.
  • Please limit the number of individuals in your party utilizing our shuttle busses.
  • Do not leave children unattended at drop off areas.
  • Arrive as ready to go as possible, avoiding unnecessary indoor time.
  • Indoor storage space is limited; we encourage you to leave personal belongings in your vehicle.


  • Skiers that traveled to the mountain together can ride the lifts together.
  • Singles always have the option of boarding a lift alone.
  • Two singles will be loaded together on opposite ends of lifts that accommodate four or more people.
  • A face covering is required while waiting in line for lifts, for loading and unloading, and for the duration of your ride.
  • Windows in gondolas should remain open.
  • Please adhere to posted signage at lift areas, and the directions of our staff.

Food and Beverage

  • All indoor food and beverage locations will adhere to a 50% reduction in capacity. Tables are spaced at a minimum of 6’ apart.
  • Thank you for making room for others. Tables in food service areas can be occupied by those who have purchased food and beverage for up to 30 minutes in any location.
  • Please try to avoid the busier lunch hour of approximately 12 noon. Look for daily specials we will be serving during off-peak hours.
  • Individuals who are bringing their own food can use our outdoor spaces.
  • Food preparation, food sharing, and heating of food is not permitted.
  • No storing food at tables, locker rooms, or other public spaces. If you are bringing your own food, it should fit into a personal pack and not be left in the lodge. We do not allow large backpacks or coolers.


  • Wear a face covering at all times. Social distancing is required.
  • Please do not socialize inside.
  • If you need to store personal items inside, please use a locker or the shelving units and wall hooks provided. Consider leaving all of your personal items in your vehicle.
  • Personal items cannot be stored under tables or in areas other than lockers, shelving units, or wall hooks.
  • Restroom occupancies have been reduced by 50%. Outdoor bathroom facilities are available.

Snow Sports School

  • We will be having a phased opening for our snow sports programs.
  • Details are coming soon for all lessons and programs.
  • We require those taking lessons to complete a health screening 24 hours prior to the lesson.
  • Those taking lessons may ride the lifts together, provided that the required health screenings for both the instructor and all students have been completed.

Seasonal and Day-Use Lockers

  • Face coverings are required at all times. Please be efficient to get what you need and exit.
  • Locker fronts and locks will be sanitized nightly during the deep clean process of our lodges.
  • Please observe reduced capacities and wait for others to exit before entering locker areas. Please be courteous to your fellow skier.
  • Please limit your time inside and your locker room use.


  • Face coverings are required while waiting for the shuttles, and for the duration of a shuttle ride.
  • Windows will be open.

Child Care

  • We will not be offering indoor child care services this season. Please see information about snow sports programs for our youngest guests.

The Nordic Center

  • Please follow all protocols listed above.
  • Before each visit to The Nordic Center please sign in at the North Creek Ski Bowl Lodge.

Much More Info Visit Gore’s Website! Gore Mountain Covid Updates CLICK HERE!  

Garnet Hill North Creek2020-21 Winter Season at the Outdoor Center

Although COVID-19 is still with us, we plan to have our 50km trail network open as usual this winter. Below, you’ll find information on some of the changes we’re implementing for the 2020-21 winter season to keep our staff and patrons as safe as possible. Please read all of the information before arriving at the Outdoor Center so you’ll know what to expect.

Health and Wellness

Outdoor recreation, including Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing, is proven to improve mental and physical health. “Research is showing that being outside in a mountain environment can boost our immune systems as well as our mental health and well-being,” says Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix: How Being in Nature Can Make us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative.

Now more than ever, we all need to take time to unwind and relieve stress.  Snowsports are the ideal winter activity to help us with this, providing numerous proven health benefits to participants. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “regular physical activity benefits both the body and mind.” The WHO says that physical activity increases strength and fitness, reduces the risk of cardiovascular and other physical ailments and improves mental health, specifically reducing the risk of depression*.

Use of the Outdoor Center Facilities

The Outdoor Center will not be open to the public, other than for equipment purchases with appointments booked in advance.  Users should be prepared to base out of their vehicles. We are selling passes and equipment rentals from service windows. We are offering private lessons only. We will have fire pits (weather dependent) outside for warming and outdoor toilet facilities for guest use. But be prepared to ski from your car.

Personal items cannot be left in the Outdoor Center and public cubbies will not be available for storage during the 2020-21 season.

Face coverings will be required while waiting to purchase passes, near fire pits unless eating, in areas where you cannot physically distance, and for the entirety of the lessons as well as if you have an appointment for equipment purchase.

We highly recommend online pre-purchase of passes and equipment rentals.

Season Passes

We have reduced the rates for 2020-21 season passes by $25 to acknowledge that not all of the usual facilities will be available.  Season passes for 2020-21 are available at a further discount through November 30. Passes can be purchased online by clicking on this link.  Season passes purchased prior to November 30 will be mailed out immediately if requested. 

Day Passes

Day passes may be purchased in advance online at a discount of $5 per pass.  Please print out your receipt or have it available on your cell phone when you arrive and pick up your pass at the ticket window.  Passes will be printed out in advance to keep wait times short. Please abide by the physical distancing markers to stay safe and wear your mask while waiting at the ticket window.

Equipment Rentals

We will still be offering equipment rentals this year, but pick up and return is taking place outside. It may be a good time to purchase a season-long rental from our online store.  Daily equipment rentals can also be made online and are recommended to guarantee equipment and reduce wait times. Complete the form online that includes your level of skill, your height, weight and boot size as well as the type of ski you wish to rent.


Lessons are available for all abilities and must be reserved ahead of time by calling our Outdoor Center at 518-251-2150. Only private or small group (5 or fewer people who are related or traveling together) lessons are available for the 2020-21 season. Any child 10 or younger must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the lesson. Face coverings will be required during all lessons.  Lessons are for one hour.

Equipment Purchases

Appointments are required for equipment purchases with one person allowed in the retail shop space with one sales person.  Appointment reservations may be made by calling the Outdoor Center at 518-251-2150.  A sample and description of equipment packages is available on our online store. This includes Classic, Skate and Backcountry ski packages. Face coverings will be required inside the retail shop and physical distancing will be mandatory for staff and patrons.

Ski Down Ride Back

Unfortunately we are not able to offer the shuttle bus service from the Rogers Road pick up back to the Outdoor Center this year.

The Sugarhouse Warming Hut will be available for skiers use but masks are required inside, skiers must maintain at least 6 feet of distance and given the limited space in the hut we ask guests to limit their time in the Sugarhouse.

Planning an overnight stay? Click here to see our COVID-19 Safety Measures for overnight guests >>

Garnet Hill Website CLICK HERE!


COVID19 Updates, Resources

COVID19 Updates, Resources

COVID19 – Updates and Resources for North Creek

Unless you have been living under a rock – the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID19) is causing local, state, regional and worldwide disruptions to normal life.  I’ll try and present some useful information to help everyone “get through this”.  Click any of the Tabs Below for additional information.  Scroll Down for the latest Community Facebook Posts including announcements, closures, and Take-Out Menus form local restaurants.  If you don’t see an update for a Take-Out menu – visit our Restaurant Page for contact information including phone numbers and websites. 


Worldwide Map – From Johns Hopkins University


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Dine-in or Take Out!The dinner special at the Log House Restaurant this Friday, April 2nd is BAKED HADDOCK! Enjoy delicious Haddock topped with Cracker Crumb & Lemon Butter, served with Rice Pilaf & the Vegetable of the Day - for just $18 🍽! Join us for limited availability for dine-in with restricted numbers (reservations are required) & enjoy our special with a refreshing beer or glass of wine. To make a reservation or to order to-go, please call 518-251-2444, or place online here: ... See MoreSee Less

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Easter Brunch at the Log House Restaurant!Join us for Easter Brunch at the Log House Restaurant from 11 AM until 3 PM this Sunday! We are taking limited reservations for in-house dining OR our delicious Easter Brunch menu is also available for take-out. For reservations or take-out orders, please call 518-251-2444. ... See MoreSee Less

Easter Brunch at the Log House Restaurant!

Another wonderful exhibit at the Tannery Pond. Check it out!“I used the rope as a connector to bring together opposing items and ideas, the knot will be a central connector and common ground. My hope is to use this show as a way of intertwining ideas and people together to find out what makes us similar.”
-Julia Koerner Johnson

TIED TOGETHER is on display in Widlund Gallery thru May 15. Meet the artist on SAT, MAY 8 | 5:00 PM or 6:00 PM (reservations required).

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The Johnsburg Dog Park
Whether you’re skiing, fishing, hiking or just enjoying the countryside, come to the Adirondacks and bring your dog! Our town's off-leash dog park is where dogs and their owners have a safe, secure, well-maintained area for recreation and socializing. The Johnsburg Dog Park was planned and built by community volunteer work and guidance from the Johnsburg highway department. It continues to be maintained by volunteers.

Where is it? As you come to North Creek by way of Route 28, watch for the turn to our Ski Bowl (on the left if you're driving north, on the right if you're driving south) . Turn into the Ski Bowl Road and then take the first left. The Dog Park is down the hill on the left. Plenty of parking space beyond it, between the Dog Park and the public beach.

Detailed Park rules are posted by the gate. One rule does prohibit dogs with a known history of dangerous behavior. Owners should never leave their dog unattended and we kindly ask that you clean up after your dog.

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The Johnsburg Dog Park
Whether you’re skiing, fishing, hiking or just enjoying the countryside, come to the Adirondacks and bring your dog!  Our towns off-leash dog park is where dogs and their owners have a safe, secure, well-maintained area for recreation and socializing. The Johnsburg Dog Park was planned and built by community volunteer work and guidance from the Johnsburg highway department. It continues to be maintained by volunteers. 

Where is it? As you come to North Creek by way of Route 28, watch for the turn to our Ski Bowl (on the left if youre driving north, on the right if youre driving south) . Turn into the Ski Bowl Road and then take the first left. The Dog Park is down the hill on the left. Plenty of parking space beyond it, between the Dog Park and the public beach. 

Detailed Park rules are posted by the gate. One rule does prohibit dogs with a known history of dangerous behavior. Owners should never leave their dog unattended and we kindly ask that you clean up after your dog. 

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Turkey Dinner at Basil & Wick’s . . And don't forget their grab and go dinners in the freezer!Turkey Monday!
We are open at 4 PM
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Backcountry Skiing/Shuttle Feb 29, Mar. 1, 2020

Backcountry Skiing/Shuttle Feb 29, Mar 1, 2020

No Shuttle This Weekend!

Current conditions are great!  However it is VERY elevation dependent – trails above about 1500 ft are mostly powder, but lower elevation trails are mostly a mixture of powder and granular – with mostly granular (read icy!) at the lowest elevations.  Best bet is to ski on the trails at higher elevations – most of the backcountry trails near Garnet Hill – Read More Here

Backcountry Ski Shuttle Feb 22, 23, 2020

Backcountry Ski Shuttle
Feb. 22, 23, 2020

Another great snow weekend!  Get out and enjoy the ride up ski down Backcountry Ski Shuttle!  The shuttle will run both Sat. Feb 22, and Sunday, Feb 23.  Meet at the North Creek Ski Bowl – Health Center Side – 11AM depart.  Current conditions are powder and packed powder – there was 4-5″ of new snow since last weekend.  Off trail there is still a crust now 10-12 inches down.  Cover is excellent!  Best skiing of the year!  More Shuttle Info CLICK HERE!  

Shuttle Bus Pick-Up Backcountry Ski Shuttle

Shuttle Bus

Backcountry Ski Shuttle President’s Weekend 2020

Backcountry Ski Shuttle is on for President’s Weekend 2020!

Shuttle is for access to The Raymond Brook Ski Trail and Environs on Barton Road in North River.  The Shuttle is scheduled for Sat. Feb 15, Sunday, Feb 16 and Monday, Feb. 17 – leaving the Ski Bowl at 11AM (Health Center Side).  Current Ski Conditions, Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 Raymond Brook Ski Trail is ungroomed Backcountry skiing with powder and packed powder.  Untracked snow will still have an ice crust down in the snow pack.  There is better snow up high at the beginning of the trail – lower reaches will have more icy, granular snow mixed in. 

Dates:  Sat. Feb. 15, Sun. Feb 16, Mon Feb 17  Meet:  Ski Bowl Parking Lot on the Health Center Side  Departure:  11AM
Minimum number required:  2 skiers  Equipment:  There are uphill sections, nowax skis, grip wax or skins are required – NO BOOT PACKING. 

More Shuttle Info CLICK HERE!  


Backcountry Shuttle Pick-Up, Ski Bowl

North Creek Business Alliance
Backcountry Ski Shuttle Pick-Up Location
Call The Shuttle 518-480-8907