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Cuomo attends Adirondack Winter Challenge

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LAKE PLACID, NY - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today attended the 2014 Adirondack Winter Challenge, snowmobiling on Kushaqua Trail in Lake Placid.

The Adirondack Winter Challenge, an event highlighting winter tourism in Upstate New York, drew over 400 state and local elected officials, staff, and winter sports enthusiasts from across New York. During today's event, the Governor announced the launch of the ‘I Ski NY' Bus, a new, dedicated bus line to 13 Upstate ski mountains from New York City and Toronto to begin service for the 2014-2015 winter ski season.

"New York is home to some of the best winter resorts in the world, and with more operating ski areas than any other state in the nation, the region is the perfect winter getaway," Governor Cuomo said. "With some of the best ski slopes, snowmobiling tracks, hiking trails, and scenic views, we want New Yorkers to know they should stay in New York and all out-of-state visitors to feel welcome to partake in all that Upstate has to offer."

"Winter tourism is big business in New York State and the I Ski NY Bus will make it even easier to enjoy some of the nation's best winter recreational activities and attractions," said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams.

The State will launch an I Ski NY Bus to entice and bring visitors to Upstate ski areas from New York City and Toronto, Canada. Currently, only two mountains -- Hunter and Windham Mountains -- are consistently serviced through bus transportation out of New York City. Both of those mountains have established relationships with New York City tour operators to bring busloads of skiers and snowboarders Upstate on weekday and weekend trips.

An expanded bus service will help New York's many ski areas be more competitive by making it easier and more affordable for New Yorkers and visitors to travel. Under this new plan, the State will provide bus service to 13 different mountains from New York City. Additionally, when the established New York City tour operators are not going to Hunter or Windham, the I Ski NY Bus will make the trip. The plan also includes a secondary market from Toronto to expose Western New York ski areas to the same transportation opportunity.

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