Lake Placid: "A Winter and Summer Playground"
Lake Placid is one of only three places in the world to have hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice – in 1932 and 1980. Evidence as to why a small town in the Adirondacks was twice bestowed this honor remains apparent today. Lake Placid is set amidst spectacular natural beauty, and offers world-class winter sports facilities and terrain surrounded by the rugged high peaks of the mountains. Visiting the Olympic venues is easy when staying at the Inn because all of the Olympic sites are just a few minutes away. Olympic sites map. As an added bonus, picturesque Main Street, just one block from the Inn, is bustling with great shopping and gourmet restaurants.
Lake Placid continues to host major national and international events. Its facilities
Photo - ORDAand terrain are consistently upgraded, well-groomed and offer some of the latest technology available in the sports world today. Ski the same Olympic terrain our own Andrew Weibrecht grew up training on. Skate on the Olympic Speed Skating Oval where Eric Heiden won five gold medals in 1980 and another local Olympian, Jack Shea, won two gold medals in 1932. Check out the world famous rink where USA beat Russia in 1980, home of the "Miracle on Ice." Visit the Olympic Museum which features exhibits spanning the history of the 1932 and 1980 games and brings to life our miraculous history as a winter sports capital of the world.
Observe or participate...the choice is yours
Take the gondola to the top of nearby Whiteface Mountain and ski down the many choices of terrain – or just enjoy the panoramic views and ride the gondola back down. Whiteface is an Olympic Mountain, which means you can ski the same terrain as some of the worlds best racers – including Phil Mahre, who won a silver medal here in the 1980 games and our own Andrew Weibrecht, 2010 Bronze Medalist in Vancouver. Over the past decade, Whiteface has invested more than $20 million in improvements, including a Kids Campus – which features a ski school, lodge and completely separate lift and trail system. The mountain itself boasts 86 trails, 12 lifts and a vertical drop of 3,430 feet, highest of any ski resort east of the Rockies.
As home to the bobsled, luge and skeleton track –
Photo - ORDA the only one east of the Rockies – there are things to do here that truly are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Watch the bobsled zip down the course or get in and take a ride with one of our professional drivers and brakemen. You can also ride on a skeleton sled.
Biathlon is an Olympic sport that combines cross-country skiing and target shooting. Ski the 50 km of gorgeous rolling terrain of the Verizon Sports Complex and check out the Biathlon range. If you want to experience it firsthand, we can even schedule a lesson for you.
The excitement (and thrill) of the ski jumper comes to life with a visit to the top of the Olympic Ski Jumps. Ride the chairlift up to the base, then take the elevator to the observation deck at the top of the K-120 meter jump and look down... yikes. The K-90 and K-120 meter towers have been in use for more than a quarter-century, but Lake Placid's jumping tradition reaches back to the 1920s. For an actual ride down a ski jump, you will have to enjoy our toboggan shoot on Mirror Lake. A 30' high converted ski jump trestle sends toboggans down ice-covered chutes onto frozen Mirror Lake. The toboggans can travel over 1,000 feet once they reach the frozen lake surface.
Come experience the thrill of the Olympics in one of the prettiest towns in America. We can promise you some memories that will last a lifetime.
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