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State of the art snow making techniques help ORDA maintain venues even in warmer weather. Photo: ORDA
State of the art snow making techniques help ORDA maintain venues even in warmer weather. Photo: ORDA

Profile: Ted Blazer's ORDA anchors NY winter tourism

There's snow on the ground in the Adirondacks. The winter tourism industry in the region is hoping to bounce back this season after last year's disastrously warm weather.

But winter tourism in the region faces some big challenges going forward, including questions about climate change and competition from big venues and destinations in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Ted Blazer is head of the state-run Olympic Regional Development Authority, which is headquartered in Lake Placid. Much of the future of winter tourism in the region depends on him.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Conference Center project on hold

The Olympic Regional Development Authority says bids for construction of the new Conference Center at Lake Placid exceeded the project's budget by more than $13 million. That means the project, which was already behind schedule, has been put on hold until the Olympic Authority can find ways to cut costs or secure more funding. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Snow brings ski biz alive

Last winter, ski resorts in New York and Vermont were hammered by rain and unseasonably warm temperatures that lasted well into January. What a difference a year makes. This holiday season, ski centers have been blessed with big dumps of powder. As Brian Mann reports, all the glorious snow translates into big crowds of tourists.  Go to full article

Blazer says ski weekend invitation process needs reform

The head of the state authority that organizes a Lake Placid ski weekend for members of Congress says the way people are invited to the event needs to be changed. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Blazer Returns to ORDA

The Olympic Regional Development Authority has a new president and CEO. And he's a familiar face. Ted Blazer was unanimously re-appointed to his old job Tuesday by the ORDA Board of Directors. Up until his departure last summer, Blazer oversaw millions of dollars in upgrades and improvements at Whiteface, Gore Mountain, and at the Olympic venues in Lake Placid. As Chris Knight reports, his return is being praised by local officials.  Go to full article

ORDA President Takes New Job

The top official at the state-run Olympic Regional Development Authority is stepping down after nine-and-a-half years on the job.  Go to full article
ORDA Board Chairman Charles Gargano (Source:  ESD)
ORDA Board Chairman Charles Gargano (Source: ESD)

State Audit Slams ORDA Board For Lax Oversight

New York's comptroller released an audit yesterday slamming the Olympic Regional Development Authority. ORDA manages Olympic Venues in Lake Placid and also operates ski centers at Whiteface and Gore Mountain. According to the report, ORDA suffers from weak oversight from the organization's board of directors. The audit also described lax procedures for accounting and for bidding out lucrative contracts. As Brian Mann reports, the audit comes at a time when ORDA is being sued over a food service contract worth millions of dollars.  Go to full article

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