Major Investments Announced For New York’s Whiteface and Gore
New project will create state-of-the-art skiing, lodging, dining and retail and year-round activities at Gore and Whiteface Mountains. (ORDA)
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the state will invest up to $20 million for major upgrades at Whiteface and Gore Mountains to attract more visitors and build on Northern New York’s bourgeoning winter tourism industry.
The investments will enhance the current facilities at Gore and Whiteface Mountains and create state-of-the art skiing, lodging, dining and retail opportunities and year-round activities. The project will be the first major upgrade at both Whiteface and Gore in 30 years and will develop opportunities to increase off-season revenue, while making these facilities more competitive with other resorts around the world.
Gore and Whiteface are operated by the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA).
“The whole idea is to keep competitive with what’s out there in the East, out West, and even world wide,” ORDA’s Jon Lundin told SnoCountry.com. “Amenities are leading the industry right now.”
“A key driver is the economic vitality of our ski resorts. We have to have first-rate ski resorts,” Cuomo said in a conference. “Our ski resorts should rival anything on the planet. This is the state of New York. Lake Placid was where the Olympics came. We can have world-class venues. We should be competing with Vail, Switzerland, Vancouver. That is where we should set our sights.”
Whiteface upgrades include $5 million to expand the Bear Den Lodge, and add a state-of-the-art learning center, bar and restaurant; $3 million to expand and renovating the Adirondack Base Lodge and parking lot; and $4 million to install a lift connecting the Bear Den Learning Center area to the Mid Station.
To strengthen Whiteface as a year-round destination, the state will devote $3.5 million to build one of the longest zip lines in North America. $5 million is earmarked to build what they hope will be the longest mountain coaster in the U.S. at Whiteface’s cross country and biathlon center, Mt. Van Hoevenberg.
At Gore the state plans to spend $2 million to expand seating capacity and modernizing the Saddle Lodge’s facilities and infrastructure; $5 million to add a third story to the Base Lodge – building corporate meeting room space, additional seating and customer amenities, and expanding the rental shop in the Northwoods Lodge; and $1 million to restore the original 1967 gondola unloading station into a summit warming facility and overlook.
Lundin told us at this early stage, no timeline is set for the improvements.