ARISE Chairman Jim LaValley says this year's operation will be handled entirely by volunteers. "Even though the operation is all volunteer, the people involved bring incredible experience and knowledge about the ski industry," he added.
Big Tupper will not sell pre-season passes this season, but will wait for enough snow to arrive before selling any tickets. Day passes will cost $25, and ARISE is working on discount pricing for books of five or 10 passes.
"Because we do not have snowmaking, we thought the best financial approach for the skiing public is to wait until we have enough snow. We are hoping for a great skiing winter," ARISE Board Member Russ Cronin Jr. said.
"Our lifts have been inspected and our application to the Adirondack Park Agency has been submitted," LaValley said. "We were left with enough money to get to the point of opening. We will be holding a couple of fund-raising events to help with some of the larger expenses, including insurance and grooming."
Big Tupper was forced to close last winter after ARISE operated it for three seasons.
This season Steve Stevenson will serve as coordinator, while Don Dew Jr. and Kate Bencze will share the responsibilities of being administrative and volunteer managers. Cliff Lamere will continue as lift operations manager, and Bill Mozdzier will continue as trails manager.