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The board of directors of the state’s regional Olympic development agency shares a presentation of the new lodge at the North Creek Ski Bowl during a board meeting Monday. (Photo Provided – New York Olympic Regional Development Authority)

LAKE PLACID — The board of the state’s Olympic Regional Development Authority on Monday approved more than $91.7 million in upcoming capital projects, including construction of a new lodge at North Creek Ski Bowl and a new lift at Whiteface Mountain.

The ORDA Board passed 16 resolutions that allow the agency to allocate its capital budget to the projects. The board also renewed a hospitality contract and approved the purchase of a new truck for Gore Mountain.

ORDA’s capital budget is separate from its operating budget – the hundreds of millions of dollars that the state has invested in modernizing ORDA’s ski resorts over the past few years are part of ORDA’s capital budget. The state recently approved an additional $105 million for ORDA projects in its fiscal 2023 budget. ORDA received $105 million in the 2021-2022 state budget, $144.5 million in the 2020-2021 budget, $80 million in the 2018-2019 budget, and $20 million in the 2017-2018 budget.

Darcy Norfolk, ORDA’s director of communications, said all projects approved during Monday’s board meeting would be funded from the 2023 capital budget; However, according to board documents, more than $22 million of the cost of a $27.6 million ski lift overhaul is expected to be pushed into fiscal 2023-2024.

let’s take off

According to board documents, ORDA spends more than $38 million of its capital budget replacing, repairing and installing new ski lifts on the Whiteface, Gore and Belleayre mountains.

The Authority wants to install a new year-round lift at Whiteface that would take skiers from Bear Den Lodge to the new Legacy Lodge. ORDA had to submit an amendment to the mountain’s unit management plan to the Adirondack Park Agency for the project. The change must be approved by the agency’s board before ORDA can give the green light to build the new elevator. The public comment period for the project ended on April 11th. If the UMP amendment is approved, the project would be priced at $16.5 million, according to board documents.

At Belleayre, two projects are also awaiting approval of the UMP amendment. These projects would install a new lift on the mountain and replace and realign lift seven at a combined cost of $7.2 million, according to board documents. Two other projects on the mountain do not require approval; Elevator six will receive more than $1.6 million in electrical upgrades and parts replacements, and elevator eight will receive a new electrical system and operator building for $400,000, according to the board documents.

The agency plans to replace the Hudson chairlift at Gore Mountain with a four-person detachable lift, a more than $8.7 million project, according to board documents, for year-round operations on the 46 Trail. At Gore, too, the agency plans to replace and expand the Bear Cub Poma lift with an aerial cableway. That would cost about $3.5 million, according to board documents.

rebuild history

ORDA CEO Mike Pratt said the agency is investing in a new lodge at the North Creek Ski Bowl, which is expected to be built on the site of the former historic Ski Bowl lodge. The former lodge was destroyed by fire in 1999. The new year-round lodge will be more than 18,000 square feet and cost about $19.7 million, according to board documents. ORDA plans to have food, ticketing, ski patrol and first aid there. A rendering of the lodge shows a multi-story building with a two-story outdoor patio lined with Adirondack chairs. ORDA intends to construct the building using wood and stone materials as a stylistic homage to the original lodge.

Former State Senator Betty Little, who sits on ORDA’s board of directors, welcomed the project on Monday. She said she and other local officials have campaigned for ski bowl improvements since the 1980s.

“This is an important, significant development — actually, a completion — to the dream they’ve had for so many years: for the ski bowl to become a productive, meaningful and real part of the mix, and bring the North Creek business division into a whole different vibe.” .” She said.

While Little was a senator in the 2000s, the state senate gave ORDA authority over the ski bowl. The ski bowl was founded in 1934.

The Ski Bowl is also getting a new treetop ride up the mountain — which includes switchbacks and spirals along the route — for $7.25 million, according to the board documents. The trolley would descend straight at about 30 miles per hour. Pratt said there are only two other trolleys of this type in the United States

More improvements

The ORDA Board of Directors approved several other improvements to Olympic facilities, including more than $11 million for snowmaking and improvements to hiking trails at Whiteface, Gore and Belleayre Mountains, according to board documents.

The agency plans to remodel the Olympic Center for $6 million, board documents show. These mainly include improvements to the ice rink cooling and locker rooms, a new Zamboni garage and a new storage and maintenance building. The building is to be constructed behind the 1980 ice rink, which would provide ORDA staff with central access to all of the center’s ice rinks. As of Monday’s press time, it wasn’t immediately clear if this $6 million construction project is part of, or separate from, ORDA’s estimated $100 million overhaul of the center.

According to board documents, an additional $4.5 million is earmarked for various projects at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, including the remodeling and upgrading of auxiliary buildings there to accommodate administrative staff.

The agency plans to install prefab toilets at Whiteface Finish Arena, Mt. Van Hoevenberg’s bobsleigh, rollercoaster, and hiking area and in Belleayre to replace the Port-a-Potty there, for a total project cost of about $1.5 has millions, according to board documents.

Whiteface will also receive 3,500 feet of new power lines for $1.1 million and North Creek Ski Bowl’s electrical system will be overhauled for $1.28 million, according to board documents.

The board also approved an amendment order to a $22.8 million contract for work at the Olympic Center. Pratt said the workers encountered some additional problems while performing previously contracted work. ORDA is adding an additional $650,000 for a new contract price of $23.6 million, according to board filings.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly cited the source of the estimated cost of the new lodge at North Creek Ski Bowl. The estimated number comes from ORDA board documents, not ORDA CEO Mike Pratt. The Enterprise regrets the error.



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