LAKE PLACID – Our region is fully loaded this winter. For your interest, here’s a rundown, listing many of the Lake Placid events on the Whiteface Lake Placid schedule.
One of the favorite Lake Placid events comes our way and closes out the year on Dec. 30 with Stars on Ice. North America’s premier skating show, created by skating icon Scott Hamilton, returns to Lake Placid’s Olympic Center. The show brings together Olympic, world and national champions for an exciting and unforgettable evening of figure skating.
Here’s the remainder of a star-studded Lake Placid events lineup:
Jan. 6-11, 2019 – International Children’s Winter Games. Modeled after the Olympics and recognized by the IOC, the International Children’s Winter Games were created in 1968 with the goal of promoting peace and friendship.
Each year, athletes ages 12 to 15 from about 60 cities around the world, compete with their peers. The 2019 Games include alpine, freestyle, cross country skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, figure skating, speed skating and hockey.
Jan. 16-20, 2019 – FIS Freestyle World Cup Skiing. The world’s best freestyle skiers return to Lake Placid and Wilmington to compete in the FIS Freestyle World Cup. Action takes place at the Olympic Jumping Complex and Whiteface Mountain. The jumping complex will host the men and women’s aerials competitions, where athletes twist and soar as high as 60 feet in the air before landing, while Whiteface (the Wilderness Trail) will be the site of mogul events.
Jan. 31 – Feb. 3, 2019 – Empire State Winter Games in the Adirondack Region. The 39th year of this staple among Lake Placid events has produced numerous Olympians and Olympic medalists. Andrew Weibrecht, Chris Mazdzer, Erin Hamlin, Diann Roffe have used these Games as a stepping stone to Olympic greatness.
Feb. 11-16, 2019 – BMW IBSF Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup. Racing starts Friday, Feb. 15, with two-man and women’s bobsled and women’s skeleton. Saturday, Feb. 16, features men’s skeleton and four-man bobsled.
March 16, 2019 – Lake Placid Nordic Festival/Loppet. 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 third Nordic Festival.
March 22-23, 2019 – ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship Tournament. The ECAC Hockey championships return for the sixth 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.
March 25-31, 2019 – IBSF Para-Bobsleigh World Championships. With its high-speed descent down a frozen twisting ice chute the sport of bobsleigh and skeleton tests an athlete’s strength, finesse and courage. The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation now offers this same challenge to elite athletes with an impairment through its Para-bobsleigh and Para-skeleton sport disciplines and World Cup races.
March 31-April 4, 2019 – Lake Placid Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp. Join players from the gold medal winning 1980 USA Hockey Team and participate in their fifth 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.
For more information on Lake Placid events this season, please log on to the Whiteface Lake Placid website.
For information on Mirror Lake Inn-specific events, please log on to www.mirrorlakeinn.com/things-to-do
Information courtesy NY Olympic Regional Development Authority