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New York State Adirondack Mountain Authority Legal and Administrative Files

Held by the New York State Archives


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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
The series consists primarily of legal and administrative files dealing with the two major recreational ski areas in Warren (Gore Mountain) and Essex (Whiteface Mountain) counties. The authority worked closely with the Conservation Department, and the records relate to the authority's continuation of development begun under preceding authorities and commissions and new development financed by a succession of legislative appropriations.
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3 cubic feet (including 10 maps): some whiteprint, some photocopies, some annotated; 22 x 28 or larger
Inclusive Dates:
1957-1968
Series Number:
11263

Administrative History

The Adirondack Mountain Authority was created by Chapter 958 of the Laws of 1960, superseding and continuing the former Whiteface Mountain Authority as an amendment of the Public Authorities Law.

The law gave the new authority powers and duties for acquiring lands and properties for additional recreational facilities, specifically for the development, improvement, and management of the authority and especially to construct, maintain, and operate ski trails on the slopes of the Gore, South, and Peter Gray mountains in Warren County. Furthermore, the law authorized the Conservation Department to acquire by gift, purchase, or appropriation (under the Conservation Law) lands and rights in lands or easements deemed by the authority to be necessary for developing Gore Mountain ski trails. Upon approval by the Comptroller, such lands were to be made available to the authority for development; money provided by the authority for the acquisitions was paid to the comptroller upon the request of the conservation commissioner.

The Adirondack Mountain Authority's predecessor, the Whiteface Mountain Authority, was itself preceded by a temporary state commission known as the Whiteface Mountain Highway Commission (Laws of 1929, Chapter 420) which was authorized to construct a state highway in Essex County, from Wilmington to the top of Whiteface Mountain, called the New York War Veterans Memorial Highway. In 1944 the original Whiteface Mountain Highway Commission became the Whiteface Mountain Authority, which was empowered to develop ski trails on Marble Mountain, a subsidiary peak of Whiteface. The Laws of 1957 (Chapter 310) provided for the construction and maintenance of ski trails on the slopes of Whiteface Mountain for the purpose of major winter sports development, to accommodate increased public demand and to capitalize on the mountains as tourist attractions. In 1965 the legislature authorized funds to expand these facilities for international competitive races.

Similar trends were reflected in the development of Gore Mountain. In 1962, 1963, and 1966 the legislature authorized money to construct and expand the Gore Mountain Ski Center at North Creek. The Laws of 1965, Chapter 1056 provided for construction of Prospect Mountain State Parkway in Warren County.

On September 30, 1968, the Adirondack Mountain Authority was terminated. In 1969 (Chapter 627) responsibility for its facilities, including the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center and the New York World War Veterans Memorial Highway (in Essex County) and the Gore Mountain Ski Center and the Prospect Mountain State Parkway (in Warren County), was transferred to the Conservation Department.

Scope and Content Note

The series consists primarily of the legal and administrative files of the Adirondack Mountain Authority dealing with the two major recreational ski areas in Warren and Essex counties. The authority worked closely with the Conservation Department, and the records relate to the authority's continuation of development begun under preceding authorities and commissions and new development financed by a succession of legislative appropriations.

The bulk of the files are contracts and agreements with various companies engaged to construct facilities at Adirondack Mountain skiing sites. The records include correspondence, memoranda, contracts, agreements, claims, reports, proposals, annual reports, rules and regulations, meeting minutes, and a few maps and photographs produced by the Adirondack Mountain Authority and the Conservation Department. There is also an occasional copy originating from the Department of Audit and Control's Contract Approval Section.

The records include: annual reports of the Adirondack Mountain Authority, including some agendas and minutes of meetings; financial and operational reports on expenses and income; general correspondence of the Adirondack Mountain Authority (from as early as 1957); resolutions of the Adirondack Mountain Authority regarding the appointment of officers and authorization to acquire additional acreage; counsel's memoranda on legislative authority and history, copies of rules and regulations, and lists of members of the Adirondack Mountain Authority; memoranda on recommendations for disposition of buildings acquired in the land acquisition program at Gore Mountain; Adirondack Mountain Authority files on souvenir and concession stands at the Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway and Ski Center, including requests to submit bid proposals to cover various operations, copies of proposed licensing agreements, profit and loss statements, and weekly reports on receipts from chair lifts, ski school, restaurant, etc.; proposals for promotion programs for the Gore Mountain-Warren County region, including reports on advertising and public relation budget breakdowns; winter analysis of the Whiteface Ski Center, including analysis of snow making operations, comparisons of labor, facility use, snow conditions, operational days and income;

contract agreements for study of construction and maintenance programs at Whiteface, Prospect, and Gore mountains, including recommendations to speed construction and to cut costs; agreements on repayment of state advances made pursuant to various appropriations laws; and contracts and agreements entered into by the Conservation Department.

The few maps found in the series are whiteprint copies or photocopies found with reports, or print maps found within booklets. A few are annotated. Title, legend, and scale information is usually present. They range in size from 22 x 28 cm to 107 x 142 cm.

Examples include: print maps found in a feasibility study booklet for the Gore Mountain Ski Center, showing location of mountain, distance from regional population areas, elevations, property lines, and initial/future construction areas; a photocopy of a map showing approximate location of buildings, included as an exhibit in a request for approval of design additions; a whiteprint copy of a map of lands acquired by the Adirondack Mountain Authority in connection with the Prospect Mountain Scenic Highway and Recreational Area, including two insert maps of specific acreage, annotated to show proposed leases by a radio firm; and vicinity maps of various mountains, found in an economic feasibility report for building a proposed observation tower at a recreational facility at Old Forge, New York.

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Dates Contents Box Folder

Accretion: 11263-83
Adirondack Mountain Authority Agreements - Comptroller’s Contract with Budget Director And Comptroller Number AR-77 1 1
Souvenir Shops at Whiteface and Concessions 1 2
1962-1963 Adirondack Mountain Authority Whiteface Mountain, New York Preliminary Financial Report Based on Operational Expenditures and Income Fiscal Year 1962-1963 1 3
Proposal for a Co-Ordinated Promotion Program for the Gore Mountain-Warren County Region 1 4
Adirondack Mountain Authority Disposal of Buildings 1 5
1960-1961 Adirondack Mountain Authority Annual Report 1 6
William M. Roden 1 7
William M. Roden - Compensation Claim 1 8
1963 August 5 Presentation - Adirondack Mountain Authority - Whiteface and Gore 1 9
Resolution - Salary Increase, John King and John Zachay, Resolution - Non-Contributory Plan, Resolution - SH 417 Glens Falls-Lake George, Map Number 88-T, Parcel Number 106 1 10
Adirondack Mountain Authority Social File for Mr. Charles J. LaBelle 1 11
Charles LaBelle 1 12
Resolution - Appointing Richard J. Brennan as Chief Engineer and Assistant General Manager 1 13
Whiteface Mountain Authority David B. Alford, General Counsel 1 14
1958 Report from Counsel 1 15
Carl F. and Margaret Schaefer-Skiland North Creek, New York 1 16
List Of Members of Adirondack Mountain Authority 1 17
Number C-22453 Adirondack Mountain Authority and State University of New York (Atmospheric Sciences Research Center) 1 18
Budget Director-Repayment Agreement E-23522 Adirondack Mountain Authority 1 19
Supplemental Agreement - Adirondack Mountain Authority, Budget and Comptroller Ar 430 1 20
Comptroller’s Contract Number C 0094 and Peat, Marwick Mitchell and Company and Adirondack Mountain Authority 1 21
Fisher, Joseph and Adirondack Mountain Authority Comptroller’s Contract Numbers 419-9 and RC 3883 1 22
Agreement Number 565 - between Conservation Department and Marvin Bogema 1 23
Robert Holtz - Contract Number 419-9 and Adirondack Mountain Authority - Gore Assignment to Fisher R C 3883 1 24
Cunningham, Butler and Authority Controller’s Revenue Contract Number 3808 and 733-9 1 25
Agreement - Barker and Henry and New York State 1 26
1965 October 15 Adirondack Mountain Authority Meeting - Mr. Charles J. LaBelle 1 27
6 Adirondack Mountain Authority 1 28
Adirondack Mountain Authority Rules and Regulations 1 29
Richard Brennon’s File 1 30
Adirondack Authority 1 31
General Correspondence (Adirondack Mountain Authority) Part 1 of 3 1 32
General Correspondence (Adirondack Mountain Authority) Part 2 of 3 1 33
General Correspondence (Adirondack Mountain Authority) Part 3 of 3 1 34
Report for Meeting Adirondack Mountain Authority, October 13, 1967 1 35
1963 December 12 Tramway Presentation to the Adirondack Mountain Authority by Robert Heuneman 1 36
1964 August 28 Memo to J. Victor Skiff from Thomas G. Carroll, Jr. 1 37
1964-1965 Whiteface Mountain Ski Center Winter Analysis 1 38
P T G 4530 Adirondack Mountain Authority and Tom Carroll Associates 1 39
Controller’s Contract Number 5705, C-21675, and 5245 - Tom Carroll Associates, Incorporated and Adirondack Mountain Authority 1 40
Adirondack Mountain Authority and New York State Electric and Gas Corporation - Lease Agreement Number 4728 2 1
Atmospheric Sciences Research Center Scientific Concession Whiteface Mountain Contract Number 955, 1796-13, RC 2777, and C 27434 2 2
Contract Number P T G 5017 between Adirondack Authority and Tom Carroll Association Gore Mountain 2 3
Adirondack Mountain Authority and Tom Carroll Associates - Comp. Contract Number H C 5787, P T G 4811, and P T G 5245 2 4
John Casey, Jr. and Adirondack Mountain Authority Number R C 3850 Cafeteria, etc. 2 5
Coulter Agreement - Surveying and New York State Prospect Mountain 2 6
Comp. Contract Number A R 66 between Adirondack Mountain Authority Director of Budget, etc. 2 7
Gore Mountain-Adirondack Mountain Authority - Director of Budget A R 25-A and Supplemental Agreement A R 430 2 8
Comp. Rev. Cont. Number A R-19 between Adirondack Mountain Authority and Director of the Budget 2 9
Rev. Cont. Number A R-25, Adirondack Mountain Authority and Director of the Budget 2 10
Comp. Contracts Number A R 19 (Revenue) Adirondack Mountain Authority and Director of Budget 2 11
Adirondack Mountain Authority Supervisory Contract - Prospect Mountain-Lockwood, Kessler and Bartlett 2 12
Kiblet Tramway Company and Adirondack Mountain Authority 2 13
Contract Number 15975 between New York State and Quinlivan, Pierik, Krause, Architects 2 14
Comp. Rev. Contract Number 3156 and 98-9 Adirondack Mountain Authority and Otto Eugen Schniebs Company 2 15
Otto Schniebs Agreement (Withdrawn) - Adirondack Mountain Authority 2 16
Agreement - Adirondack Mountain Authority and Seelye, Stevenson, H C 8636 Value and Knecht 2 17
Sharp W. E. Inc. and Adirondack Mountain Authority R 21858 2 18
Tower Optical Company and Adirondack Comptroller’s Contract Number R C-3571 2 19
G. Lee Trimm Contract 2 20
Upstate Vending Service-Comptroller’s Contract Number R C 4002 2 21
H C-6491 Adirondack Mountain Authority and Arnold H. Vollmer Associates, Supplemental Number 1, Gore Mountain Ski Development 2 22
Comp. Rev. Contract Number 3156 and 1503-9, Adirondack Mountain Authority and Otto Eugen Schniebs Company 2 23
Contract Number H C-8314 between Vollmer-Ostrower Associates and Adirondack Mountain Authority 2 24
Contract Number C 15430 - Adirondack Mountain Authority and Vollmer - Gore Mountain 2 25
Contract Number 553 Adirondack Mountain Authority and Vollmer, Supervision and Inspection of Construction - Gore Mountain Ski Development 2 26
Contract Number 1481-9 Adirondack Mountain Authority and West Mountain Corporation 2 27
General Correspondence (Adirondack Mountain Authority) Part 1 of 3 2 28
General Correspondence (Adirondack Mountain Authority) Part 2 of 3 2 29
General Correspondence (Adirondack Mountain Authority) Part 3 of 3 2 30
Minutes - Adirondacks Mountain Authority (Part 1 of 4) 3 1
Minutes - Adirondacks Mountain Authority (Part 2 of 4) 3 2
Minutes - Adirondacks Mountain Authority (Part 3 of 4) 3 3
Minutes - Adirondacks Mountain Authority (Part 4 of 4) 3 4
1967 March 29 Report for Meeting Adirondack Mountain Authority 3 5
1966 December 9 Adirondack Mountain Authority Meeting 3 6
Fynmore Photos - Boonville, New York 3 7
1967 March 31 Adirondack Mountain Authority Souvenir and Food Operations Review - Whiteface Mountain 3 8
1967 July 1-31 Members of Adirondack Mountain Authority Progress Report - Authority Matters 3 9
1967 June 1-30 Members of Adirondack Mountain Authority Progress Report - Authority Matters 3 10
1967 April 1-May 31 Members of Adirondack Mountain Authority Progress Report - Authority Matters 3 11
1967 December 4 Report for Meeting Adirondack Mountain Authority 3 12
1966 December 9 Report for Meeting Adirondack Mountain Authority 3 13
Adirondack Mountain Authority Correspondence 3 14
1962 November 1-1966 March 31 Audit Report on Financial and Operating Controls and Practices - Adirondack Mountain Authority Wilmington, New York 3 15
1968 April 1-1969 March 31 Adirondack Mountain Authority Capital Construction Budget Request 3 16
1967 December 4 (Monday) Adirondack Mountain Authority Meeting 3 17
Adirondack Mountain Authority - Meetings 3 18
Adirondack Mountain Authority and Vollmer Contract Number H C-8314 Consultant Re Gore and Whiteface 3 19