The investments are slated to renovate ski lodges and increase amenities, including the construction of a zip line and “mountain coaster” at Whiteface.
Whiteface’s learn-to-ski center will also be improved and expanded, while Gore’s base lodge will receive a third story, under the plans.
In a prepared statement, Cuomo said the facilities at Gore and Whiteface are “outdated and sub-par,” and that the goal of the investments was to establish the state-operated ski areas as national destinations.
“Skiers today are looking for much more when they come to a resort,” said Jon Lundin spokesman for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, which runs the two ski areas. “We want to not only bring people from New York, but we also want to expose people from other regions as well.”
The $20 million investment is in addition to $10 million in appropriations to ORDA.