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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.