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January 16, 2013

Titus Mountain to welcome Big Tupper passholders

MALONE — A ski-free day at Titus Mountain is set to honor Big Tupper Ski Area skiers, volunteers and the spirit of cooperation.

The “10-to-1” event at Titus on Saturday will allow people with Big Tupper passes from last year to spend the day skiing or riding at the Malone ski center without charge.

The event was planned by local businesses in conjunction with the organization Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving our Economy (ARISE) to recall the Adirondack Park Agency Board vote just about a year ago that approved Adirondack Club and Resort development plans in Tupper Lake.

The 10-to-1 refers to the majority vote that granted permits for resort development, including upgrades to Big Tupper ski lodge and the mountain resort.

Jim LaValley, ARISE chairman, said they had been working with the Monette family, who own Titus, to plan cooperative events and shared passes this season. But then Big Tupper, which had been operated by volunteers for three consecutive years, didn’t open for 2012-13.

It just couldn’t do so, officials said when announcing the cancellation of the season, without restoration of the lodge there.

That construction project had been slated to begin last spring. But work on the Club and Resort stalled as litigation was brought against APA and project developers by environmentalists with Protect the Adirondacks and the Sierra Club, in conjunction with several Tupper Lake property owners.

The Article 78 lawsuit is in Supreme Court pending motions filed earlier this month for renewed discovery. It is expected by Protect the Adirondacks to be settled within a few months’ time, according to a recent news release from that organization.

‘WIN-WIN’

In an interview, LaValley said the open ski day for Big Tupper 2011-12 season’s passholders will bring to fruition at least part of what they had hoped to achieve in collaboration this winter.

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