It’s a rare day that I’m not asked, whether it’s by email, phone, or even after being stopped in the grocery store: what is ADK going to do now that it has purchased Cascade Cross Country Ski Center? Great question.
Let’s start with what we know: ADK’s intent broadly is to use Cascade Ski Center and its location to improve local recreational offerings, reach more visitors with educational outreach, and support local and state visitor use management goals. Within this framework, we already plan to continue offering groomed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing with rentals and retail in the winter months. In the summer, we will offer information services and restrooms to the general public.
What happens beyond that and the degree to which we align our efforts with certain initiatives will depend largely on your input as community members and stakeholders. There is a great deal of potential for what could be done there, ranging from meeting space for community groups to mountain biking to birding programs. We must also consider what needs to be done to ensure that the property facilitates access for everyone, regardless of background, to our incredible public spaces.
Toward this end, we are hosting a number of sessions in March to get input from a number of stakeholders, including leaders from different organizations, recreationists, our own ADK members, and elected officials.
As a part of this, we are hosting a public session on April 5th at 6:30pm to hear from the community at large. You can learn more about it and register here.
Furthermore, we welcome everyone to share their input via email at email@example.com. Any feedback that we receive, whether that be in-person or by email, will be considered during this process. As we move forward, a summary of our findings and a final report will be shared on ADK.org/news, the Adirondack Almanack, and our social media channels.
Collecting this information will help ADK develop a master plan for the property so that we can scale operations and offerings in a strategic way to better serve our members, further our mission, and increase ADK’s impact for generations to come. This is an exciting start for ADK’s next 100 years.
Photo of Cascade Ski Center by Mike Lynch/Adirondack Explorer