Gore Mountain is set to begin construction of a new zip coaster—the anchor summer attraction of the larger North Creek Ski Bowl redevelopment project—in 2024 after two resolutions related to the redevelopment project were approved at a June 23 Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) board meeting.
The project includes a new 18,300-square-foot lodge that will serve as a hub for year-round activities, including the zip coaster, which Gore Mountain general manager James Bayse described as a “one-of-a-kind draw to our area.”
The zip coaster will combine the features of a zip line with a rail system, according to a press release. The manufacturer has not been specified, but earlier reporting in The Sun describes the attraction as a ride that travels in a zig-zag suspended course down the mountain.
The zip coaster and other North Creek Ski Bowl projects have been several years in development. ORDA presented its $30 million redevelopment plans to the Town of Johnsburg board in January 2022, but a lack of a wastewater infrastructure delayed the permitting process. Construction of a new Town of Johnsburg wastewater treatment facility, currently underway, has allowed for the plans to move forward.
“After many years of working through the process, we are excited to get this project underway,” said Bayse.
Additional redevelopment plans include a new chairlift and improved snowmaking.