Build new Whiteface Mid-Station Lodge ‘bigger and better, not best’

(Editor’s note: This is an open letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.)

Dear governor:

I have seen the ads about a $14 million ski lodge at Whiteface. I am at a loss. I do not understand this price tag. That sounds like a done deal, I do not see how there was enough time for company bids. You describe the lodge as a great improvement, but the description is exactly the same as the lodge lost to fire.

You must look at our resort, our community and the customer base of the mountain. We are not Vail, and we do not want to be. We want to serve New York families first, people who can drive to the mountain. Food prices at the mountain are already high. If you lease space for the snack bar, how much will a hot dog and soda be? And we only want a snack bar, not dining. When we pay $100 to spend the day skiing, we do not give up a half hour or longer to “dine.” We grab a quick snack then back out to ski; darkness comes early.

Please reach out to area builders and ask them what they would charge to rebuild Mid-Station bigger and better, but not best. We can have good enough, which can be as beautiful as the original.

Thank you.

Sue Martin