Visit our venues to learn about the history, ecology, and geology of our unique Adirondack and Catskill areas! Depending on which venue you visit, a hike, scenic ride, ski, or bike tour all offer places to learn something new.
Gore Mountain’s 14,589-panel solar array is the largest dedicated to a ski area in the United States. The 5.325 MW system not only delivers clean energy to Gore’s electric zone, but efficiently harvests sunlight to offset the resort’s electric needs.
All of ORDA’s tickets are printed on reusable and reloadable stock. This allows guests hassle-free ticketing in advance online, with no waste! The RFID media lasts for years, offering convenient direct-to-lift access winter after winter.
Guests with electric vehicles are encouraged to plug in while they visit Gore, Whiteface, and Mt. Van Hoevenberg! Thank you drivers, for your commitment to helping the environment.
Resurfacing trail irregularities helps offset water use for snowmaking while improving the skiing experience. Earthen features in freestyle areas also conserve energy, while updated trail building techniques reduce erosion.
ORDA and its venues have been recognized with a variety of environmental awards. One recent accolade honored the Olympic Region as a LEED Gold Community, which in part recognizes the sustainable building standards of ORDA’s Lake Placid Conference Center.
Whiteface Mountain’s 9,000-panel solar array went live on the grid during Summer 2020. Whiteface not only contributes to solar with its North Country array, but purchases enough credits to be powered by 100% renewable energy.
Foodservice at ORDA venues are expanding offerings of locally sourced products. Check our menu selections for regularly featured offerings using ingredients from local farms and businesses.
In the spring, summer, and fall, ORDA’s venues transform into welcoming hiking centers. Our centers offer a range of hikes for all abilities, complete with hiker facilities including restrooms, retail, foodservice, and other activities. Visit our venue sites for maps and additional information!
ORDA supports the NYS Department of Transportation reduced salt initiative.
All ORDA venues have made a strong commitment to modernizing their snowmaking fleets with high-efficiency guns, system monitoring, motors with variable drives, and new energy-saving technologies. This means we’re making more snow in less time, using less energy.
ORDA manages world-class recreational facilities within the Adirondacks and Catskills, and the sustainability and resiliency of both Parks are priorities in our daily operations as well as future planning. The Olympic Authority’s success is dependent on producing positive regional economic impacts, preserving the Olympic Legacy, and delivering public recreation opportunities; these efforts are in turn dependent on our ability to incorporate sustainability and environmental stewardship into
everything we do.
The mountain ecosystems in which our facilities lie are particularly vulnerable to climate change. Effects can include shorter, milder winters, a decrease in natural snowfall, extreme weather events and heavy precipitation, and variable freeze-thaw cycles. We need to adapt to climate change vulnerabilities, but also ensure we are minimizing any of our own contributionsto the changing climate. The Olympic Authority has been empowered to embrace technology to make better decisions. Our venues’ infrastructure has been and continues to be upgraded to be more efficient and resilient. With sustainability at top of mind, ORDA can and will continue carry out its mission and provide an exceptional guest experience for decades to come.