Support Big Tupper

In September 2009, a far-fetched idea was hatched within ARISE to re-open the Big Tupper Ski Area.  People said that it couldn’t be done.  Together, we proved them wrong and in only four months we welcomed visitors to Ski Big Tupper, Again!  This was made possible by the efforts of over 200 volunteers and by the generous support of people like you.

ARISE is excited to inform you that we plan to open Big Tupper again for the 2013-2014 ski season.  Work is already underway.  To make our fourth season possible, we will again need the efforts of our dedicated volunteers and will need your financial support.  Just to open and operate Big Tupper, even with an all-volunteer staff, costs over $100,000!

The Directors of ARISE originally recognized that their efforts at Big Tupper would span three ski seasons, due to the on-going review process of the Adirondack Club and Resort. After the 10-1 approval of the project by the APA, a challenge was filed against the permit causing further delays. Until such time that the current challenge is resolved and the investors are cleared, ARISE will continue to operate Big Tupper. We are close to getting a resolution, but in order to open and operate this season we will need to look to our volunteers and donors one more time to keep the operation of Big Tupper going.

ARISE strongly supports community development projects such as The Adirondack Club & Resort (ACR).  The main reason for our strong support is that the ACR is the only long-term viable way for a strong economic future for Tupper Lake and ongoing skiing at Big Tupper.  Our interim stewardship of this very special part of our community is focused on making Big Tupper sustainable and available for future generations.   There are many volunteers who have contributed hours of their time in hopes that one day in the near future, they will have the opportunity to be paid for their efforts.  At a time when the Adirondack economy is showing just how fragile it is, the Adirondack Club is the right project, at the right time, and in the right place.


Show your support today.   After several amazing seasons at Big Tupper, we ask for your help to create an even better 2013 season. Please sign up online at to help us make the 2013-2014 season a reality.  We are not selling season passes this year and will rely on donations and day pass sales to operate.

For those who want to support the effort by simply giving, ARISE/Big Tupper will use a portion of your donation to support free skiing to local youth who are financially unable to ski at Big Tupper.

We accept personal or corporate checks, Mastercard, Visa, American Express & Discover.

We encourage you to consider ARISE/Big Tupper support opportunities and support our efforts: 

Join us at the 2013 Snowball Gala

  • Make a donation of any amount
  • ARISE/Big Tupper will use a portion of your donation to support free skiing to local youth who are otherwise unable to ski at Big Tupper.
  • Your name will be posted in the Donor Area of (businesses will have website link).

Thank you in advance for your continued support of  sustainable skiing at Big Tupper, and for a prosperous future for Tupper Lake.