Big Tupper project may have new voice in Albany

Duprey said direct state funding for the volunteer rehab is unlikely, because the mountain is privately owned by Preserve Associates - who hopes to include Big Tupper as part of the planned 6,400 acres Adirondack Club and Resort.

However, she may be able to find state-owned ski equipment and technical expertise to assist the volunteers.

She is currently in close correspondence with the Adirondack Park Agency over permitting for the project.

"They keep telling me they are working on the paper work and that their willing to sit at the table and get it done and understand the importance of it," she said. "We are in the process of setting up a mutually convenient time."

Duprey's visit comes after her office received dozens of letters from Tupper Lake residents who were concerned that the project may never get off the ground.

The ACR project has been on hold for nearly six years as the developers have been in mediation with environmental groups and state regulatory officials.

Preserve Associates walked away from negotiations last month. The developers are currently seeking the necessary permits from the Adirondack Park Agency to begin construction.

After negotiations broke down, ARISE took action - the plan is to get the T-bar and four trails up and running for the coming ski season.

LaValley said around 250 volunteers from Tupper and throughout the region will begin work at the site in the next two weeks. The current plan is to get the T-bar up and running as well as four trails, he said.

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