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Lake Placid from Whiteface, February 2010. Photo: Susan Cameron
Lake Placid from Whiteface, February 2010. Photo: Susan Cameron

Lack of "white Christmas" could leave ski resorts in the red

For those in the skiing business, this year's relatively warm temperatures and lack of snow are spelling trouble. Ski areas typically open around Thanksgiving and when there's no snow on the ground, they make it.

But it's been too warm for snowmaking. Ideally, it should be about 10 degrees. So many areas in the northeast have been forced to delay opening. Others have been operating at reduced capacity. And that's hurting the bottom line.  Go to full article
ORDA CEO Ted Blazer (Photo:  Chris Morris)
ORDA CEO Ted Blazer (Photo: Chris Morris)

ORDA builds appeal despite state budget cuts

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is having one of its best years ever. ORDA operates and maintains a variety of Olympic venues across the Lake Placid region, including ski centers at Whiteface and Gore Mountains. State officials say heavy snowfall and a strong Canadian dollar translated into financial success.

As Chris Morris reports, ORDA is looking to build off that success by getting creative with its marketing.  Go to full article

Small ski areas thrive in sluggish season

As ski center managers in the Adirondacks close the books on another winter season, some are reporting an increase in skier visits and revenue. Others say they've had about the same or fewer numbers of visitors compared to last year. Chris Knight looks back on the winter of 2009-2010, including one of the biggest success stories of the winter - the reopening of two smaller, community-centered ski areas.  Go to full article

ORDA approves Gore Mountain Interconnect

A long-awaited plan to connect the state-run Gore Mountain ski center with the North Creek Ski Bowl was given the go ahead Friday at a special meeting of the Olympic Regional Development Authority Board of Directors. The approval of the so-called Gore Mountain Interconnect was hailed by local officials and business owners in North Creek who see the project as the cornerstone of future economic growth in the community. As Chris Knight reports, the project has overcome numerous challenges to reach this point.  Go to full article

North Creek resort quietly nears approval

The Adirondack Park Agency is poised to approve a huge new resort development planned for North Creek. A final vote could come as early as Friday. If given the green light, the private project would be closely linked to the state-run Gore Mountain Ski Area. As Brian Mann reports, some critics say details of the North Creek resort deserves more scrutiny and public review.  Go to full article

ORDA announces ski center upgrades

The Olympic Regional Development Authority moved forward Tuesday with millions of dollars in capital projects at its downhill ski centers. ORDA's Board of Directors, at a meeting in Lake Placid, approved a resolution to borrow $8 million for upgrades at Gore Mountain in North Creek and Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington. As Chris Knight reports, the authority has also signed off on a joint application to the Adirondack Park Agency for the North Creek Ski Bowl expansion.  Go to full article

Adk Wind Project Inches Forward

Developers of an industrial wind project near Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks won a small victory yesterday. The Adirondack Park Agency's board agreed that a new tower, designed to test wind strength, might be allowed to go forward. As Brian Mann reports, the APA staff and some environmental groups want the developers to submit a basic outline of the entire project.  Go to full article

One Skier Killed, One Injured at Gore Mt.

A 56-year-old skier was killed and a teenager suffered head trauma in separate accidents yesterday at the Gore Mountain Ski area. Brian Mann has details.  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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