4 Olympic Venues in Lake Placid, NY
Given that the Olympics are on right now, we figured it would be the perfect time to talk about the Olympic venues we have right here in our own backyard in Lake Placid! Here’s a little history on the venues, as well as a few spots you can visit when you come to town. You can even try your own run at the bobsled or luge!
The History of the Olympic Venues in Lake Placid, NY
Around the 1920s, Lake Placid received worldwide recognition, and its 1929 bid to host the Winter Games was successful! Lake Placid became the host of the Winter Olympic Games in 1932 and in 1980. Since then, our small little Adirondack village has been labeled as the nation’s first winter resort. Given its location in Upstate NY, it’s a very popular area for competitive and recreational winter sports. We’re proud to be the famous “Olympic Town in the Adirondacks!”
4 Olympic Sports Venues in Lake Placid, NY
Visiting the area? Below are four Olympic venues in Lake Placid that you can check out while you’re in town:
Olympic Sports Center – Downtown Lake Placid
Love ice skating and hockey? The Olympics Sports Center is the place to be! This is the actual facility that the Miracle on Ice game happened back in 1980, when the U.S. hockey team pulled off one of the biggest sports upsets in history by defeating the team from the Soviet Union.
If you’re looking for some entertainment, The Olympic Sports Center hosts a variety of events, shows, classes and sports camps. Feel like putting on your skates and going for a spin? The Olympic Speed Skating Oval is open to the public on a daily basis during the winter.
Looking to learn a little history? The Olympic Museum features interesting exhibits and video booths plus you can even check out some of the equipment used by some of the world’s greatest athletes.
Whiteface mountain is a must visit when you come to Lake Placid. Only a short scenic drive from Lake Placid, you’ll find the famous downhill skiing slopes of Whiteface Mountain. These slopes have challenged Olympic champions and continue to challenge Olympic hopefuls and recreational skiers. With 76 trails, there are runs for all ability levels.
Not a skier? In summer and winter, the site’s Cloudsplitter Gondola rides are available for visitors to ride to the Little Whiteface summit and relax at an observation deck and picnic tables. The views at the top are absolutely incredible!
Olympic Sports Complex – Mt. Van Hoevenberg
If cross country skiing is more your style, visit the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex. Visitors are welcome to test out the cross-country skiing trails that are based here. The Olympic Sports Complex also offers rides at the bobsled, skeleton, and luge track used at the past Winter Olympics!
Ski Jumping Complex – North Elba
The Ski Jumping Complex is a piece of Lake Placid’s Olympic history that is well worth a visit. The centerpieces of the Ski Jumping Complex in North Elba are the 90 and 120-meter ski jumps that tower above the trees surrounding them! This is absolutely the place to go if you’re searching for amazing view
s of the Adirondacks. The sky deck on the 120-meter jump affords breathtaking views of Mt. Marcy – the highest peak in the State of New York, the John Brown Farm historic site and the beauty of the Adirondack wilderness. You can access the sky deck by chairlift and elevator.
Looking to see some action while you’re in town? Nordic jumping training and competitions take place here year-round at the Ski Jumping Complex. You can watch skiers practice their aerial acrobatics year-round and the in the summer land in a 750,000-gallon pool!
Plan Your Trip to Lake Placid and Visit the Lake Placid Olympic Venues
Come to the Adirondack Region of Upstate New York, stay at our Lake Placid hotel and visit the Olympic Venues! Lake Placid Summit Hotel is located just minutes away from Mirror Lake, downtown and all of the Olympic Venues mentioned in this article.