Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking to attract more visitors to New York by launching an “I Ski NY" bus to bring people from New York City and Toronto, Canada to 13 ski areas upstate.
The bus service would drive people from New York City to mountains including Hunter, Windham, Whiteface and others. The goal is to make it easier and more affordable for people to travel upstate and participate in winter sports.
“With some of the best ski slopes, snowmobiling tracks, hiking trails and scenic views, we want New Yorkers to know they should stay in New York and all out-of-state visitors to feel welcome to partake in all that upstate has to offer,” Cuomo said.
Currently Hunter and Windham mountains are serviced with bus transportation out of New York City. The I Ski NY bus would expand that service and also make other upstate ski areas more competitive.
Cuomo made the announcement on Sunday in Lake Placid during the Adirondack Winter Challenge. The event was held to boost awareness about the state’s tourism industry.
Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, and other legislators traveled upstate with Cuomo and participated in activities such as bobsledding, ice skating and skiing.
The tourism industry is one of New York’s top employers, adding an additional 24,800 jobs in 2013, according to the governor’s office. The industry is projected to have generated $7.7 billion in state and local taxes, with $61.3 million in direct spending.