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Big Tupper opening pushed back again

December 24, 2010
By JESSICA COLLIER, Enterprise Staff Writer

TUPPER LAKE - Despite continued snowy conditions, there's not quite enough snow to open the Big Tupper Ski Area yet.

"Right now, it's a no go," said Jim LaValley, chairman of Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving Their Economy, the organization that reopened the ski slope on a nonprofit basis last season and is planning to do so again this season.

The mountain doesn't have snowmaking capabilities, so managers have been waiting for enough natural snow to open the mountain.

LaValley said the slopes probably need about another 8 to 12 inches of snow before they'll be ready for skis and snowboards.

Friday is definitely out, and ARISE decided not to burden its volunteers by opening on Christmas Day, but LaValley said they're holding out a small hope to be open on Sunday. It will depend on how much snow comes in a storm forecasted for Sunday and Monday.

"That would be nice if there was an unexpected dumping," LaValley said.

As snow was melting with recent warmer temperatures, crews have been compressing the snow to make a packed, solid base.

"We're basically ready," LaValley said. "We just have to throw the switch. It's just we're kind of waiting on Mother Nature."

For the most up-to-date information about whether Big Tupper will be open, go to or call the mountain's office at 518-359-3730.



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