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Jim LaValley, head of ARISE and a local realtor, says Big Tupper ski area will reopen this winter on a day-by-day-when-snow-allows-basis.  (NCPR File PHOTO)
Jim LaValley, head of ARISE and a local realtor, says Big Tupper ski area will reopen this winter on a day-by-day-when-snow-allows-basis. (NCPR File PHOTO)

Big Tupper to reopen this winter

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A volunteer group in Tupper Lake has announced that they'll reopen the Big Tupper Ski Area this winter for as many days as possible.

Jim LaValley, head of a group called "ARISE," say there won't be artificial snow-making. But volunteers will operate the ski lift and open the lodge whenever natural snow-fall allows.

LaValley said the mountain will be run as a "no frills" operation, but will still "provide a great ski experience."

There will be no season tickets sold. Day passes are expected to sell for $25.

The group still needs a permit from the Airondack Park Agency and hopes to raise more funds to help pay for trail grooming and other work on the mountain.

ARISE operated Big Tupper for three seasons, using mostly volunteer workers. But the mountain didn't operate last year.

Tomorrow during the 8 O'clock Hour, Brian Mann has an update on the Adirondack Club and Resort project, which includes the Big Tupper ski area.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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