TUPPER LAKE – Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving their Economy, an organization that promotes economic growth within the Adirondack Park, will once again operate Big Tupper Ski Area with an all-volunteer staff this season.
“Everything will be pretty much the same,” ARISE Chairman Jim LaValley said. “Twenty-five-dollar day tickets. We’ll operate Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays. Basically, we follow the school calendar. Our hope is it will be open Christmas week – that is our target.”
Many in Tupper Lake had hoped the Adirondack Club and Resort, a planned 6,200-acre resort that will feature a renovated Big Tupper as its centerpiece, would professionally operate the mountain this season after the state Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit in December 2014 by Protect the Adirondacks and the Sierra Club challenging the Adirondack Park Agency’s 2012 approval of the project. LaValley said he hopes this will be the final year the mountain will be a volunteer effort.