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Should skiers and snowboarders wear "lids" when preparing to take the plunge?
Should skiers and snowboarders wear "lids" when preparing to take the plunge?

Ski helmets: optional, mandatory, cool or uncool?

The skis and snowboards are back on the rack for a few days, while we suffer through a January thaw. But it's been a pretty great season in the North Country so far, with good snow conditions on the slopes. While there's no shortage of eager skiers and snow-boarders this winter, a debate continues about the safety gear they wear. Helmets used to be rare, used mostly by downhill racers. But head protection is growing more popular. And some advocates say helmets should be mandatory at least for children. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Vacation home developers eye Wilmington

Wilmington, home to the Whiteface Mountain ski area, is looking increasingly attractive to developers. There are at least three subdivision plans to build second homes in an area long overshadowed by neighboring Lake Placid. Local officials say they welcome the increased tax base but are also concerned about the changing character of their community. Jacob Resneck 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

Union workers approve ORDA contract

Olympic Authority workers and management have reached agreement in Lake Placid. The new contract won strong support from local union members. It runs through 2009, and affects workers at Gore Mountain in North Creek, as well as Whiteface Mt. and the Lake Placid Olympic venues. Jacob Resneck has more from Lake Placid.  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
Gov. Pataki talks to the press outside the Olympic Arena. ORDA photo
Gov. Pataki talks to the press outside the Olympic Arena. ORDA photo

Pataki announces more money for Lake Placid

Governor George Pataki was in Lake Placid yesterday to announce $5 million from the state for upgrades at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. The news comes just three weeks after Pataki delivered $20 million for a new Lake Placid conference center. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Snowboarder Dies At Whiteface

A Swedish snowboarder died yesterday after falling during a snowboardcross training run at Whiteface Montain. Twenty-six year-old Jonathan Johannson had competed at last month's Winter Olympic games. He was in Lake Placid as part of World Cup snowboarding competition. Chris Knight reports.  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

Wilmington Town Vote On $7 Million Water Project

Voters in Wilmington will decide tomorrow whether to spend seven million dollars improving the local water system. The project would connect the town's water supply to the ski area at Whiteface Mountain. Town supervisor Jeannie Ashworth spoke with Brian Mann. An informational meeting will be held tonight at 7 pm at Wilmington's town hall. Voting at the town hall takes place on Saturday.  Go to full article

Whiteface Plan Includes Day-Use Rental Cabins

The Adirondack Park Agency is poised to approve a new plan for the ski area at Whiteface Mountain. The most controversial addition will be a series of rental day-use cabins. Environmental groups say the structures would violate the "forever wild" provision of the state's constitution. Chris Knight has details.  Go to full article

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