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Winter country club awaits Monday to Friday

Winter country club

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Country clubs are associated with exclusivity and games using sticks and balls in warm weather, followed by a tall cold one at the 19th hole. But how about a winter country club?

While we certainly have the summer version, the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa and Lake Placid have the winter version of that same low-key country club atmosphere. It takes place at every winter sports venue in the region, provided you come out to play from Monday to Friday in a non-holiday period.

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Lake Placid events roll on through March

Lake Placid events
Here is a rundown of many of the Lake Placid events on ORDA’s winter 2017 calendar. As you will see, there is much to do and see in a Lake Placid vacation. Competitions are organized by the NY Olympic Regional Development Authority. Please read on:

Feb. 2-5, 2017 – Empire State Winter Games, a multi-sport winter festival, including traditional sports such as hockey, figure skating and speed skating, as well as cutting edge events like winter bike, marathon skate and big air. The Empire State Winter Games is a part of the Lake Placid events lineup.

Lake Placid events

The Empire State Winter Games is a part of the Lake Placid events lineup

Feb. 24-26, 2017Lake Placid Nordic Festival. Lake Placid has a well-deserved reputation for world-class alpine skiing, but it also has some of the best Nordic skiing in the United States. The Lake Placid region has plenty to offer Nordic skiers and winter enthusiasts of all ages and abilities with its vast array of cross country trails. So whether you’re a beginner skier or an experienced racer, the place to be is in Lake Placid for its second Nordic Festival.

Feb. 25, 2017 Lake Placid Loppet and Kort Loppet. Nordic skiers will converge on the cross-country ski trails at Mt. van Hoevenberg to compete in the 33rd Lake Placid Loppet. Inclement weather claimed last winter’s event. Open to classical and freestyle skiers, the Loppet is a 50k race (31-miles) through the 1980 Olympic ski trails.  The vertical climb is just under 3,700 feet.

The 25k Kort Loppet, also open for classical and freestyle skiers, features a vertical climb of 1,850 feet.  The Lake Placid Loppet is part of the American Ski Marathon Series.

Feb. 26-March 3, 2017World Airlines Ski Championship. More than 100 airline teams will compete in alpine racing (slalom and giant slalom) at Whiteface Mountain and Nordic racing (distance and sprint) at Mt. van Hoevenberg. Mt. Hood held The first-ever World Airlines Championship, in 1976, and from there, this event has traveled the world.

March 4-11, 2017USSA Cross Country Junior National Championships. The nation’s best junior Nordic ski racers are coming to Lake Placid and Mt. Van Hoevenberg to compete in the 2017 USSA Cross Country Ski Junior National Championships. Fans will be treated to a glimpse of the future of Team USA as the best athletes under the age of 20 face off on the historic 1980 Olympic trails at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.

March 17-18, 2017 ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship Tournament.  The ECAC Hockey championships for a fourth straight postseason. The winner of this tournament receives an automatic bid to play in the NCAA championship tournament.  The ECAC Men’s Hockey championship tournament will be played on the famed Herb Brooks Arena 1980 Rink.

Lake Placid events

Late this winter, Lake Placid events brings ECAC hockey to town

March 26-30, 2017Join players from the gold medal winning 1980 USA Hockey Team and participate in their third annual fantasy camp in wondrous and magnificent Lake Placid, host city of those historic 1980 Winter Games. Connect with the greatest sports moment of all time. Enjoy the competition. Meet and get to know players from that greatest of all teams in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that is Lake Placid. Skate in the 1980 Rink -Herb Brooks Arena at the Lake Placid Olympic Center where we beat the Russians and shocked the sports and political worlds.

Other events this fall and winter include IBSF North America Cup Skeleton Racing, Jan. 15-20; IBSF North America Cup Bobsled Racing, Jan. 15-27; St. Lawrence University Winter Carnival, Jan. 20-22; IBSF Intercontinental Cup Skeleton Racing, Jan. 22-27; Nor/Am Freestyle Aerials, Feb. 9-12; U.S. Speedskating Long Track Age Group National Championships, Feb. 11-12; Nor/Am Biathlon Competition, Feb. 17-18; Harlem Globetrotters, Feb. 22; Lake Placid International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament, Feb. 24-16

For more information on ORDA’s Olympic venues and events, visit www.whitefacelakeplacid.com.

Mirror Lake Inn spa makeover

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – The highly-acclaimed, world class Mirror Lake Inn spa in Lake Placid, has unveiled a significant redesign and update just in time for the holiday season.

Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa owner Lisa Weibrecht guided the spa renovations, which were several months in the making. The resort has invested $1 million in this  Mirror Lake Inn spa makeover.

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