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Wild storms and wild skiers

A brigade of dedicated local volunteers spend many hours on the hill, shoring up the equipment, grooming and painting the complex, while an all volunteer Ski Patrol took to the slopes. Volunteers and community minded citizens became the heart and soul of Big Tupper.

Now in full operation, a lift ticket at Big Tupper costs only $15 a day for adults, $9 for youth and free for children under 6 and seniors. The mountain will be in operation from Friday through Sunday for the remainder of the season, snow conditions permitting.

The mission of the Big Tupper Ski Area reopening project is to provide a basic, no frills, affordable ski/snowboarding experience for individuals and families. The project at Big Tupper is a locally initiated, volunteer based, not-for-profit venture.

Contact the ski center at SkiBigTupper.Org or call 518-359-3730 to check on snow conditions.

In an effort to provide an added bonus, The Wild Center in Tupper Lake recently announced that beginning Friday, Jan. 29 until Sunday, March 7, people who purchase either a ticket to The Wild Center or a day pass to ski at Big Tupper will get a pass to the other venue for free.

Both the ski mountain and the center have adult tickets priced at $15, and the free ticket can be redeemed for up to two weeks from when they are issued. You can buy a museum ticket one day, and hold off on the skiing until the next dump of snow or vice versa. Tickets are non-transferable.

The Wild Center offers Winter Wildays both Saturdays and Sundays, with a full slate of indoor and outdoor activities and presentations. The museum website hosts an outdoor webcam that shows local snow conditions.

"The old and the new are coming together to make Tupper Lake the place to be this winter," said Stephanie Ratcliffe, executive director of The Wild Center. "Adults who skied Big Tupper as teenagers are returning to teach their kids how to ski. They can have that cool, old-style experience at Big Tupper, and then drive 10 minutes to this cool, new-type of museum, The Wild Center. With prices like this, people can say good-bye to "staycations."

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