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SAM Magazine—Franklin County, N.Y., Sept. 26, 2012—Big Tupper ski area is closing its doors due to the cost of a lawsuit, according to Jim LaValley, chairman of Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving Their Economy (ARISE). The group has operated Big Tupper on a voluntary basis since 2009, while plans for a larger resort have been taking shape.

The lawsuit itself stems from that larger plan for a proposed Adirondack Club and Resort, of which Big Tupper ski area would be a part. The ski resort was in line to receive a complete renovation after funding was approved earlier this year, but the lawsuit, filed by Protect the Adirondacks, the Sierra Club, and other preservationists concerned about an adverse impact on the Adirondack Park, has derailed the plan.

LaValley said that, even if the ski area could obtain funding for this year’s operations, the lawsuit will likely drag on for several years—too long for the volunteers to continue operating the resort by themselves.

The Adirondack Club and Resort would be the largest development in the Park. The plan includes a 6,200-acre club and resort at Tupper Lake, with several hundred housing units, new campgrounds, a complete renovation of the Big Tupper ski area, and a marina on Tupper Lake.


Big Tupper

When will common sense prevail? What a great loss for a great community. Protect the Adirondacks and Sierra Club, do you really know what you are doing? Do your donors understand that you are killing good jobs, positive development, increased recreation, strong economic growth, and vibrant communities? Now you are creating poverty, unemployment, and continue to destroy the “American Dream”? Sierra Club, shame on you, and my God have mercy on your souls......

Protect is only about protecting self interest

These lawyers could care less who they hurt as long and they draw their fat checks under the guise of environmentalists. Wolves in sheep clothing.


Why are the Volunteers bailing if expansion won't get overturned? How come the investers won't invest?


You hit it right on the head G.Whiz. This is non sense. Tupper needs this bad. There is 6 million acres of land in the Adirondack park, and Tupper can't have their own hill/resort? Plus, all this money being tied up by these preservationist types could be invested in local business....


I don't know the details of the opposition, but very sad to see Big Tupper go down. I know this area well and its an area that can't afford this loss. I should think the opposition would have better targets than this.

Big Tupper

The lawsuit results from an appeal by the preservationists of a 10 to 1 vote by the NYS Adirondack Park Agency to approve the development plan for the resort and 650 units of all types as well as the ski area. The NYS Attorney General's office is defending the decision. It is the first such resort ever approved for the Park and no other will be. There are 7 million people within 130 miles. There is no way the APA decision will be overturned.

And how many jobs in an economically depressed area...

...just went down the tubes? Thanks, Sierra Club donors! Enjoy those waygu-beef-with-brie cheeseburgers!