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Big Tupper schedule affected by lack of volunteers

February 13, 2010
By JESSICA COLLIER, Enterprise Staff Writer

TUPPER LAKE - Officials running the Big Tupper Ski Area had hoped to keep the mountain open for 12 consecutive days, but it looks like they probably won't be able to due to a lack of volunteer hours.

"As we looked at it and began to talk to our volunteer base, the challenge was clear," said Jim LaValley, chairman of the group that got the mountain up and running on a volunteer basis this winter.

They had hoped to open from Thursday, Feb. 11 through Monday, Feb. 22, since many schools have a week off for President's Day. Tri-Lakes schools don't have a whole week off, but LaValley said there has been other interest in skiing Big Tupper during that time.

"We've been getting a lot of calls from outside the region," LaValley said.

LaValley said the schedule would have been too difficult since most of the volunteers, who serve as ski patrol, lift attendants and guest services representatives, are adults with jobs that don't involve a February break.

"We just had to base our decision on the volunteer pool," LaValley said.

Instead, the ski area was open Thursday and Friday and will likely be open today through Monday, close Tuesday through Thursday, then operate Friday, Feb. 19 through Monday, Feb. 22.

Those dates are still dependent on weather, since the ski area is operating with no artificial snowmaking.



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