TUPPER LAKE - About 10 years ago, one of the regions most popular downhill ski areas closed down indefinitely.
Outdoor enthusiasts and dedicated volunteers celebrated the grand reopening of the Big Tupper Ski Area Dec. 26.
The opening comes as a significant milestone, especially for members of the Tupper Lake community who formed ARISE - Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving their Economy. The community action group formed in 2009 and spearheaded efforts to reopen the popular ski center on Mount Morris.
ARISE President Jim LaValley said opening day was a great success.
"It was excellent," he said. "There was lots of excitement and there were lots of smiles."
Mountain Manager Bill Mozdier said six trails were open for Dec. 30, and all were in excellent condition. He added that snow forecasted over the next few days could allow volunteers to open all trails by the weekend.
Mozdier also estimated that more than 200 skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes of Mount Morris for opening day.
According to skibigtupper.org, the mountain is running with a four-to-10-inch base and packed powder. The mountain is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"The parking lot was full of cars," LaValley said. "It was a great opening day after 10 years of not having the ski area open.