He adds that this particular week was selected for a variety of reasons - one of which was the Tupper Lake Central School District's new spring break schedule.
"It was a combination of things," LaValley said. "History says that they actually got the ski season going in January and February of 1961. But knowing that the schools were out and that the kids would be around, it just seemed like the ideal week to celebrate the anniversary."
This weekend's lineup also features a wood carving contest at 8 a.m. Saturday, followed by music in the lodge at 10 a.m. and an Avant Big Tupper Ski demo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Also on Saturday, there's a Wild Game Stew Contest from 11 a.m. to noon, bingo from 1 to 2 p.m. and a Torch Light Parade with fireworks at 6 p.m.
The Adirondack Public Observatory is hosting a star gazing party at 7 p.m. as well.
The mountain opens for skiing at 9 a.m. Sunday and the day concludes with a volunteer appreciation party at 4 p.m.
More information about Big Tupper, including ski conditions, is available at skibigtupper.org.