LAKE PLACID – Yes, we’ve hit the end of February, and in some corners, winter is drawing to a close. But not here. Not this year or any year. Lake Placid winter events and activities will roll on for the better part of two months. You can continue to ski, snowboard, skate, bobsled, play hockey, slide luge, go tobogganing and dog sledding.
In conjunction with that, our Lake Placid winter events menu continues for more than a month. Have a look at these and package them with your recreational activities for the complete Lake Placid holiday.
March 16 – Lake Placid Nordic Festival/Loppet. 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 third Nordic Festival. Lake Placid Loppet and Kort Loppet.
Nordic skiers will converge on the cross-country ski trails at Mt. Van Hoevenberg to compete in the 34th Lake Placid Loppet. 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. This Lake Placid winter event is part of the American Ski Marathon Series.
March 22-23 – ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship Tournament. The ECAC Hockey championships, among the time-honored Lake Placid winter events, 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.
USA Bobsled & Skeleton National Championships will also be held here on this weekend. Get up close to this high-speed action during the day and then settle in for the best in college hockey those nights.
March 25-31 – 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 – 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 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.
April 4-8 – USA Luge Fantasy Camp. Another of the Lake Placid winter events where you can experience the thrill of being a world class athlete. The coaching staff, made up of Olympic and World Cup medal winners, offers its expertise to help fully experience the sport of luge with an emphasis on fun and safety. You’ll be on the ice for three days and reside in the U.S. Olympic Training Center, just like the Olympians!
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Content courtesy ORDA and Mirror Lake Inn