The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and today announced the completion of Gore Mountain Ski Resort’s 5.3 megawatt solar array in Washington County, The installation is believed to be the largest solar installation dedicated to a ski resort in the nation.
Gore Mountain’s snowmaking system, lift operations, and other electrical equipment use about 13-million kilowatt hours of power and cost approximately $1 million in utility costs each year according to ORDA. The 14,589 solar panel system is ground-mounted and remote net metered, meaning it is built off-site and the energy produced is exported onto the electricity grid, which Gore will receive credits for on its utility bill. » Continue Reading.
Record high temperatures settled in for the first half of the autumn season, but they have dropped and snowmaking crews made use of recent New York State investments in snowmaking to open state facilities ahead of schedule. Gore and Whiteface Mountains began the 2017-2018 season last Saturday, a week earlier than originally planned. The Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country Ski Center opens Friday, November 24.
Trail volunteers have been working to clear ski the region’s trails and a few early cross-country tracks were made on the smoother terrain in the Tri-lakes this week. There was about 5 inches of snow at the Paul Smith’s College VIC on Tuesday, and there has been some early skiing at the golf courses around the Tri-Lakes, but conditions will be weather dependent over the next few days. A chance of snow showers are in the forecast for the weekend.
World Cup Para-Bobsleigh racing will take place in Lake Placid on December 1st and 2nd, 2017.
Athletes in the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Cup will travel down the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex track at speeds of more than 60 miles-per-hour, while pulling as many as 3Gs in the corners. » Continue Reading.
The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has announced their list of events for the 2017-18 fall/winter seasons. Dates and schedules are subject to change.
November 6-10, 2017 – BMW IBSF Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup. Racing starts Thursday, November 9, with two-man and women’s bobsled and women’s skeleton. Friday, November 10, features men’s skeleton and four-man bobsled. » Continue Reading.
The 2017-18 sliding season is officially underway at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg combined bobsled, luge and skeleton track in Lake Placid. The American women’s bobsled team of Elana Meyers Taylor and Lake Kwaza kicked the season off last week as the first sled down the mile long track.
The U.S. skeleton team begins training, Tuesday, Oct. 10, and U.S. luge junior national team athletes jump on the track for the first time this season, Tuesday, Oct. 16. They’re followed by the senior national team, Oct. 21. » Continue Reading.
The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) will host a Public Informational Meeting at the Conference Center in Lake Placid, on Tuesday, October 3, at 6 pm.
Mike Pratt, ORDA president/CEO, will present to the public the Authority’s plans for upgrades to the facilities at Whiteface Mountain, Gore Mountain, the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg and the Olympic Jumping Complex. » Continue Reading.
The 26th Oktoberfest at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, NY will take place September 30 and October 1.
This years Oktoberfest is presented by Spaten and features entertainment by Owen Benjamin and Jason Smith, a biergarten, giant Jenga, lawn Dominos, food, specialty vendors, adventure zone for kids, gondola rides, and live German music. » Continue Reading.
The Lake Placid Brewfest is set to return for its sixth year, bringing back dozens of breweries, hundreds of beers, food and more, on Saturday, September 23rd.
The Brewfest features live music with Drunk & in the Woods and as many as 66 brewers and hundreds of different brews. Ales, ciders, lagers, pilsners, porters and stouts will all be available to drink and sample, from 4 to 8 pm in the Olympic Center’s 1932 Rink. » Continue Reading.
One project hyped in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget announcements early in 2017 was a zip line that would run in three stages from near the summit at Whiteface Mountain, near where the gondola brings passengers, to the base of the mountain. This was proposed as a way for Whiteface to rival zip lines at other ski areas in the northeast U.S. that were trying to expand summer tourism and resort operations.
Three New York-owned ski resorts, Belleayre Ski Resort, Gore Mountain and Whiteface Mountain, have joined the Climate Reality Project I AM PRO SNOW 100% Committed program and pledged to be powered by 100 percent renewal energy by 2030.
The initiative corresponds with the Cuomo administration’s Clean Energy Standard, which requires that half of all electricity used in New York come from renewable sources by 2030. » Continue Reading.
The scoreboard that chronicled historical moments and the United States’ improbable run to the 1980 Olympic Winter Games gold medal will be lit one more time on February 6th at 1 pm, before being taken down to make way for a new Daktronics video board.
The scoreboard has hung high from the center ice rafters of the Olympic 1980 Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid for the last 37 years. In addition to its duties during the 1980 Olympics, the scoreboard has registered NHL, minor, junior, collegiate, high school and tournament scores. » Continue Reading.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the state will invest up to $20 million for upgrades at Whiteface and Gore Mountains.
The investment is expected to leverage up to $80 million in private funding to add additional amenities and retail options for guests, according to the Governor’s office. The $20 million for the upgrades at Whiteface and Gore is in addition to $10 million the state is providing to the Olympic Regional Development Authority as part of the 2017-18 FY budget.
It may seem like fall is reluctant to give up its grip on the northeast, but ski season is just around the corner. Gore and Whiteface are targeting the day after Thanksgiving to start spinning their lifts, with most other New York ski areas following suit shortly thereafter. Here’s a look at what’s new for skiers and riders across the region. » Continue Reading.
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) are seeking public comments about a proposal from the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) to renovate and expand Porcupine Lodge on Lookout Mountain at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Area.
The lodge is located in an Adirondack Sub-alpine Forest Bird Conservation Area a short distance from the top lift terminal of the newly developed Lookout Mountain Triple Chairlift. Public comments are being accepted until October 22, 2015. » Continue Reading.
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