Funding New York’s State-Run Ski Areas

OpEd: Funding NY State Run Ski ResortsA recent editorial in the Glens Falls Post Star asked the question: “How much longer can New York taxpayers continue to subsidize ski centers at Whiteface and Gore Mountain?”

The next paragraph yielded a vague response: “It’s time for state officials to rethink the financial and ownership model that has sustained them for the past 30 years.”

With a sluggish economy and state and local tax revenues in decline, there’s no question that public funding for everything is becoming problematic. While the editorial poses a legitimate question, it ignores some important issues, and has logical inconsistencies that make it hard to take seriously.

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Windham Benefit Raises $171,000 for Irene Relief

Windham MountainThis morning, Windham Mountain reported that its recent Hurricane Relief Benefit Dinner and Auction netted $171,790 — 100% of which will be donated to the Windham Chapter of the Catskill Mountain Foundation to assist in the continuing recovery process.

The evening included a sold-out dinner for 160 guests (many of whom are second-home owners in Windham), followed by a raffle and auction headed by Windham Mountain managing partner and first-time auctioneer Randy MacDonald.

With so much bad news coming out of the Catskills in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, it’s great to hear that Windham Mountain not only hosted this event, but helped make it into an overwhelming success.

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Wanted: Hickory Ski Center Reporter

Hickory Season PassThe NYSkiBlog is looking for a reporter to cover skiing, ski conditions and happenings at the Hickory Ski Center in Warrensburg, NY.

Re-opened in 2009 after a four-year stint on the NELSAP list, Hickory is gaining momentum as an alternative to the larger New York ski areas. We want to feature more incredible trip reports from Hickory in the upcoming season.

Reporter responsibilities include skiing, picture taking, writing and posting for NY Ski Blog and the NY Ski Forum. We’ll provide you with a Hickory 2011/2012 Season Pass in exchange for your trip reports.

We’d like someone who will ski the hill at least twice a month, from the time those surface lifts start turning until the end of the season. If interested, send a note explaining why you think you’re qualified, along with a writing sample via email to [email protected].