Posts Tagged ‘ORDA’

Monday, July 29, 2019

Forever Wild, ORDA and Adirondack Legal History

There are more than three million acres of Forest Preserve in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks today. Yet, the most consequential New York State Court decision restricting the ways we can develop and use the “forever wild” Preserve was all about a few acres of land below Mt. Van Hoevenberg, close to Lake Placid.

There, in 1929, the state planned a “bobsleigh run or slide on state lands in the forest preserve.” About 2500 trees would need cutting to create the bobsled course for the 1932 Olympics. The lower court, the Appellate Division, Third Department, ruled that this activity was unconstitutional on grounds that this was wild forest and therefore must be preserved in its wild state, stating that “we must preserve it in its wild nature, its trees, its rocks, its streams. It must always retain the character of a wilderness.” » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Zipline, Chairlift Rides Added At Gore Mountain

Gore Mountain zip lineGore Mountain is open Thursday-Sunday for summer fun, and has two new activities for guests to enjoy. A new zipline ride offers up to two people at a time an opportunity to soar for about 300′ over the Base Area.

Also, open-air chairlift rides aboard the high-speed Adirondack Express will alternate with the traditional Northwoods Gondola rides to provide another option for taking in the views and accessing a variety of hiking and mountain biking terrain. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Adirondack Council’s APA Meeting Report

adirondack council new logoThe Adirondack Council has reviewed the agenda for the upcoming May Adirondack Park Agency Board meeting and has made the following comments to the Park Agency: » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Renovations Begin on Olympic Ski Jumps

Olympic Jumping Complex 90 Meter RampRenovation and construction projects at Lake Placid’s Olympic Jumping Complex have begun, part of a $70-million appropriation to the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) for capital improvements.  Last year ORDA completed renovations to the base lodge. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Bauer: ORDA Should Not Play Games With Article XIV

Mt Van Hoevenberg Recreation AreaIt’s not every day that one gets to see a well-worn aphorism ring true. The philosopher George Santayana wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  In the Adirondacks this is now playing out at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Recreation Area.

The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) manages this area for a variety of winter Olympic sports – cross-country skiing, biathlon, bobsled, and luge, among others. It’s also a popular cross-country ski area for the public, and starting in 2018 it became the staging area for a new trail to Cascade Mountain, where the public can start hiking in a safe parking area. The facility is located partly on land owned by the Town of North Elba Park District and partly on the State Forest Preserve. The Forest Preserve lands are protected as forever wild by Article XIV of the State Constitution. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Elite Athletes Competing at Lake Placid Freestyle Cup

world cup mogulsFor the 38th year, the world’s best elite freestyle skiers will head to New York state for the 2019 FIS Lake Placid Freestyle Cup, January 17-19, 2019.

Mogul competitions will be held at Whiteface on Thursday and Friday and aerials under the lights at the Olympic Jumping Complex on Saturday. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 27, 2018

Ski Jumpers Vie for U.S. Cup Fri-Sat

lake placid ski jumping Several of the United States’ top up-and-coming ski jumpers are set to return to the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid to vie for U.S. Cup titles and for a spot on the U.S. Junior World Championship Team on Friday and Saturday, December 28th and 29th.

Spectators can watch the high-flying action as ski jumpers launch themselves from the top of the 90-meter ski jump and soar the length of a football. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 7, 2018

Santas Ski for Free at Whiteface Sunday

Santas at Whiteface This Sunday, December 9, is the third annual Santas Ski for Free Day, at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington. Guests, who dress as Mr. or Mrs. Claus, participate in a group photo and arrive by 10 am, receive a free lift ticket to ski or ride the Olympic mountain. Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders are expected to participate. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 7, 2018

Upcoming Lake Placid Winter Sports Events

ECAC Men's Hockey ChampionshipsNew York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has announced the 2018-19 Autumn/Winter Event Season Schedule for Whiteface and Lake Placid.

Scheduled events as followed: » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

ATVs On The Forest Preserve: A Constitutional Amendment?

A utility vehicle traverses a Whiteface road in August In mid-June, Whiteface Mountain advertised a summer activity — rides aboard big all-terrain vehicles on the ski slopes of the High Peaks landmark. Called the “4×4 Alpine Expedition,” marketing videos showed children and adults enjoying the guided tours.

Callers to the resort’s customer service line were told they could book 60-minute or 90-minute excursions through the fall.

But by July, the rides were abruptly canceled. That came after environmental watchdogs raised concerns to state officials, and after the Adirondack Explorer inquired about the propriety of the rides. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Snowmaking Begins at Gore, Whiteface; Opening Date Set

Snowmaking at Gore Mountain New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) managed ski resorts – Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington; Gore Mountain, North Creek; and Belleayre Mountain, Highmount –  have all begun snowmaking operations in anticipation of their season openings, Saturday, November 17th, 2018 – weather and conditions permitting. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 29, 2018

Gore Mountain Nordic Racing Facilities Improving

Nordic racer on the A climb during the 2018 NENSA U16 ChampionshipsGore Mountain has announced International Ski Federation (FIS) homologation certifications for four of its Nordic courses at the North Creek Ski Bowl. These certifications mean that the courses have been inspected and are found to be in compliance with FIS standards.

Gore Mountain is one of just 29 FIS venues in the United States, and one of two in New York State. The certifications are for the 2.5K Distance Course, the 3.3K Distance Course, the 1.2K Sprint Course, and the 1.6K Sprint Course. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Regional Figure Skating Championships in Lake Placid

North Atlantic Regional Figure Skating ChampionshipsThe North Atlantic Regional Figure Skating Championships are returning to the Lake Placid Olympic Center from October 17 to 21, 2018. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Lake Placid’s Olympic Sliding Track Begins Season

IBSF World Cup Bobsled & Skeleton 2016The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) opened the combined bobsled, luge and skeleton track at the Olympic Sports Complex for U.S. national team training on Monday, October 15th.

Workers chilled the concrete and laid ice on the 20-curve, mile-long chute on Mt. Van Hoevenberg, just five miles east from the two-time Winter Olympic village. Athletes from USA Luge as well as USA Bobsled and Skeleton will hit the ice to begin preparations for their World Cup campaigns. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Winter Sports: Upcoming Whiteface Lake Placid Events

whiteface mtnOlympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has announced the list of events on the Whiteface Lake Placid fall/winter 2018-2019 calendar. Dates and schedules are subject to change.

The list of events as follows: » Continue Reading.