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Whiteface gondola, elevator open

ORDA venues back into full swing following Irene

— For the most part, the cleanup was easy at the sites run by the Olympic Regional Development Authority.

“We have been operating all of our facilities as of today (Sept. 1),” Jon Lundin, spokesman with ORDA, said. “We did some inspections at all of our sites to make sure that everything was safe and as of this morning, we were able to have everything re-opened.”

Lundin said the tallest ORDA facility, Whiteface Mountain, was the one that sustained the most damage in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene Aug. 28.

“We had some boulder and rock debris,” Lundin said. “The hardest hit was the Kids Kampus area, but we will have it up and ready for the ski season.”

Lundin also said there were some power lines at the mountain that had to have trees cleared off them, and there was one transformer that was, “toppled.”

We got the gondola’s going Sept. 1,” Lundin said. “The Whiteface Veteran’s Memorial Highway was open on Wednesday, Aug. 31, and the elevator to the top of the mountain was open Sept. 1.”

Lundin said venues like the bobsled track and ski jumps weathered the storm well and were all cleared after inspection.

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