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Bill Mozdzier and Jim LaValley work to get Chair 2 ready for opening day in 2009. ARISE now says the ski hill will close. Photo: Brian Mann
Bill Mozdzier and Jim LaValley work to get Chair 2 ready for opening day in 2009. ARISE now says the ski hill will close. Photo: Brian Mann

Big Tupper ski area to close

A local group that organized in 2009 to reopen Big Tupper Ski Area and to advocate for development of the Adirondack Club and Resort says the popular local destination will not reopen this year.

The group, called ARISE, operated the mountain on a volunteer basis, while waiting for a new resort destination to be built in Tupper Lake.

The group struggled last year because of the warm, snowless winter.  Go to full article
Jim LaValley, head of ARISE and a local realtor, wants the resort to move forward and calls legal challenges "frivolous." Photo:  Brian Mann
Jim LaValley, head of ARISE and a local realtor, wants the resort to move forward and calls legal challenges "frivolous." Photo: Brian Mann

Frustration over Big Tupper resort lawsuit turns to anger

This summer, the mood in Tupper Lake has turned tense and sometimes ugly as debate continues over the future of the Adirondack Club and Resort.

Developers hope to build hundreds of mansions and townhouses just outside the village, along with a marina, a new ski center and other amenities.

Many local residents and business owners see the project as a new economic engine for the village. But environmental groups and a small group of property owners in Tupper Lake sued last winter. They hope to overturn state permits for the resort, issued by the Adirondack Park Agency.

The conflict has sparked fierce letters to the editor, angry yard signs and friction between neighbors.

In the coming weeks, Brian Mann will be talking with people on all sides of the debate about the future of Tupper Lake. He began with Jim LaValley, a local real estate agent who formed the group ARISE to help build public support for the resort project.  Go to full article
Jim LaValley heads the Tupper Lake group ARISE
Jim LaValley heads the Tupper Lake group ARISE

Skiers and volunteers hope for snow on Big Tupper

It's been a tough couple of weeks for volunteers at Big Tupper. The ski mountain in Tupper Lake reopened last year after a decade of lying dormant. Over the summer, volunteers repaired a second chairlift and cleared more trails.

Jim LaValley is head of the group called ARISE, which led the effort. He says the only missing ingredient for this winter is a big dump of snow.  Go to full article
Big Tupper resort could revitalize the popular ski area (File photo)
Big Tupper resort could revitalize the popular ski area (File photo)

Big Tupper resort debate enters final phase, with supporters energized

Six years after developers proposed building a massive new resort in Tupper Lake, the project appears to be back on track.

The Adirondack Park Agency has begun its final review of the environmental impacts of the ski-and-second-home development.

Some green groups say they're more comfortable with the scaled-back design, which still includes more than six hundred new homes, condos and mansions.

The Adirondack Club and Resort would also reopen Big Tupper as a commercial ski area.

Brian Mann attended a community meeting held last night by local boosters of the project. He has this update.  Go to full article
Attendance has been strong at the renewed Big Tupper ski area (Photos:  Brian Mann
Attendance has been strong at the renewed Big Tupper ski area (Photos: Brian Mann

Audio Postcard: After ten years, skiing the slopes of Big Tupper

Winter is a favorite time of year for a lot of people in the North Country. In Tupper Lake, that cold-weather joy is dialed up another notch this season. The Big Tupper ski area reopened earlier this month for the first time in a decade. In the fall, Brian Mann profiled some of the volunteers who've been bringing the mountain back to life. Yesterday, he skied Big Tupper for the first time and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

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