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Lawsuit stops Big Tupper from opening this season

Mount Morris is home to the Big Tupper Ski Area.

Mount Morris is home to the Big Tupper Ski Area. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The Big Tupper Ski Area has been forced to close. The Announcement was made late Tuesday evening that ARISE Chairman Jim LaValley was joined by members of the Board, as well as managers and volunteers of the Big Tupper Ski Area, at P-2's Pub in Tupper Lake.

LaValley said that the community of Tupper Lake and Big Tupper supporters should hold the Board and members of PROTECT the Adirondacks, the Sierra Club, Phyllis Thompson, and Bob & Leslie Harrison responsible for the closure.

"Following the issuance of the permit for the Adirondack Club by the Adirondack Park Agency, Big Tupper was in a position to receive substantial financial assistance. With the filing of the Article 78 lawsuit, that opportunity dissolved, and we are forced to close." LaValley went on to say that, "the Board and membership of PROTECT and the Sierra Club should be ashamed at the way they have chosen to attack a community by using Article 78 lawsuits in a frivolous manner, and as a weapon against a project that was approved by the Adirondack Park Agency Commissioners with a 10:1 vote after 8 years of review.

The project was determined to not have an undue adverse impact on the Park's resources. Peter Bauer, Bob Glennon, and John Caffry, have made their intentions clear by taking a very public position on how they want to kill the Adirondack Club and Resort. They have stated such in the press, and because of their actions it has forced the closure of the ski area, caused the further degradation of Tupper Lake, and flies in the face of Governor Cuomo's efforts to improve and create a healthier Adirondack economy."

LaValley added, "even if ARISE were financially able to continue the operation this season, given the on-going threat of lawsuits from Bauer, Glennon and Caffry, and the time frames of the legal process, it is my opinion that the volunteers would have to continue operating for another 3 to 6 years. We cannot expect the volunteers to continue for that long, nor can we afford to."

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