The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) has announced they are now accepting public comment for a proposed amendment to the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center Unit Management Plan.
Highlights of proposed changes include new intermediate downhill ski trails, widening of some existing trails, an extension and replacement of the existing Bear Lift and a replacement and realignment of the existing Freeway Lift. The plan also addresses parking needs, improvements for vehicular and pedestrian access to base areas and mountain biking trails.
The 2018 Unit Management Plan (UMP) addresses changes to the 1996 and 2004 UMP updates. This amendment would add several new management actions and identifies completed, pending and actions to be modified or abandoned.
The APA will accept public comments until March 26, 2018 regarding Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance for the proposed management actions.
Whiteface Mountain Ski Center is a State owned facility that operates under the administrative jurisdiction of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and is managed by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) through a Memorandum of Understanding with the DEC. The facility is classified as an “Intensive Use Area” under the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP). An intensive use area is an area where the State provides facilities for intensive forms of outdoor recreation by the public.
ORDA operates a year-round recreational, day-use resort on Whiteface Mountain which provides opportunities for public use such as competitive and recreational downhill skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and summer scenic gondola rides.
To review the proposed 2018 Unit Management Plan amendment, click here.
Address all written comments to:
Deputy Director for Planning
NYS Adirondack Park Agency
P.O. Box 99
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Submit all written comments to the APA by March 26, 2018.
Photo of Whiteface Mountain, courtesy ORDA.