APA approves ski jump changes

Gore Mountain public meetings set

The 1980 Olympic ski jumps poke above the trees in May, from River Road in Lake Placid. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency board approved major upgrades for Lake Placid’s ski jumps at its regular monthly board meeting Thursday.

The Board of Commissioners also scheduled two public meetings on plans for Gore Mountain Ski Center.

The board unanimously approved changes to the state Olympic Regional Development Authority’s Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid. ORDA runs the Lake Placid Olympic venues as well as Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington, Gore Mountain Ski Center in North Creek and Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in the Catskills.

ORDA has proposed sweeping changes to the ski jumping complex on state Route 73. Two existing jumps will be removed and replaced with slightly different size jumps, and the current chair lift will be moved and replaced. The two iconic ski jumps that are visible from around the area — the 90-meter and 120-meter — will remain in use.

The board also approved changes to the Black River Wild Forest and the Cranberry Lake boat launch. Changes to the Lake George Battlefield were also approved, including construction of a new administrative building. The APA board also approved changes to the Grasse River unit management plan.

The full board authorized a public comment period for Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest UMP, which the state Department of Environmental Conservation released last year.

At Gore Mountain, in addition to changes to trails and ski lifts, ORDA is also proposing a land swap that would take 38.7 acres of the existing ski area, currently classified as intensive use, and make that wild forest. In exchange, the intensive use area would gain 29 acres of current wild forest land.

For the changes at Gore Mountain, the DEC and APA have scheduled two public meetings for later this month. The first will be in Albany at DEC headquarters on June 27 at 1 p.m. The second will be in North Creek at the Tannery Pond Community Center on June 28 at 7 p.m. Written comments will be accepted until July 13.