Press-Republican

March 14, 2014

New snow just in time for Big Tupper

KIM SMITH DEDAM
Press-Republican

TUPPER LAKE — Snow in March is beloved to ski areas. 

In Tupper Lake, the big dose of winter came just in time to grace a notable ski weekend at Big Tupper Ski Area.

The all-volunteer ski center on Mount Morris opened sparingly in February, given the scant snowfall all winter.

“We’ll have a great weekend at Big Tupper,” ski area Manager Steve Stevenson said as the storm blew in Wednesday.

Jim LaValley, who oversees the Big Tupper volunteer operation, said nearly 90 percent of the mountain will be open this weekend.

But it is also the final weekend for skiing and riding.

“In celebration, we’ll have $10 lift tickets on Sunday with music in the lodge starting at 1 p.m.,” LaValley said.

Saturday lift tickets are $25 and will avail skiers to most trails and Chair 3, the main lift at Big Tupper.

“Of course, Saturday, in conjunction with our efforts, you have the Brew-Ski event going on in Tupper Lake. We’ll have a great weekend here with the snow,” LaValley said.

Brew-Ski takes place at the Tupper Lake Cross Country Ski Center, starting at 1 p.m. Saturday with sampling of local brews.

‘EVERY TRAIL OPEN’

At Titus Mountain in Malone, General Manager Zach White said the storm had dumped at least 16 inches by Thursday morning.

“It’s wonderful. It couldn’t be any better,” he said. “This sets the tone for the rest of the season.”

The timing was also perfect. Titus attracts many skiers from Ontario, White said, and this week is one of the Canadian province’s school vacation weeks.

He said every trail is open, even the glades. The groomers were out all night, but they left plenty of untouched powder for skiers and snowboarders to make fresh tracks.

The temperatures were low enough during the storm that predictions of extremely wet, heavy snow actually became a much lighter consistency.

“It’s perfect snow for skiing,” White said.

At Whiteface Ski Resort, a run of powder days began Wednesday, and not one person following the Ski Center’s Facebook page offered a single complaint. In fact, every skier and rider cherished the chance to get deep into powder runs.

Email Kim Smith Dedam:kdedam@pressrepublican.com