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    Olympic Jumping Complex

    by blueskyjohn Written Sep 2, 2013

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    Just outside of Lake Placid is the Olympic Jumping Complex. Most people pass these on their way into Lake Placid. An interesting site and they are open for tours during the summer.

    There is a fee to take the elevator to the top and the tour. It is $11.00 if there is no event going on at the complex.

    Hours: Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    May 1 - June 17 Thursday - Sunday (Elevator only)
    May 18-20, 25-27 (Chairlift & Elevator)
    June 1-2, 5-9, 12-16 (Chairlift & Elevator)
    June 21 - Oct. 21 Daily (Chairlift & Elevator )
    Closed Sunday, July 28 for Ironman

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    The Olympic Torch

    by blueskyjohn Written Aug 29, 2013

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    The opening ceremony for the 1980 Winter Olympic games was held at the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds. At the location a tower was erected to hold the Olympic flame. A nice little side trip if you like Olympic history.

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    Ski Jumping Complex

    by chrissyalex Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Olympic Ski Jumps

    Take a ski lift and then an elevator to the top of the Olympic ski jumps! I really enjoyed this more than I expected! The views are spectactular and you can stand right where the ski jumpers are before they make their jump!
    An added bonus when we were visiting, was that there were some atheletes training and we were able to watch them! I had never seen ski jumping in person before and it was quite exciting to watch! Also nearby were some "hot dog" skiers! Cool!
    The cost is $8 per person and this includes the ski lift ride and elevator ride.

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  • Horseback Riding

    by davidm23 Written Jul 12, 2010

    My family and I took a ride with the Adirondack Equine Center while visiting Lake Placid last week. It was fantastic. They start the ride right in town along Mirror Lake and some pretty amazing views. I couldn't believe how well the horses looked and behaved. My 7 year old daughter really took a shine to Comanche (the horse) and the staff took extra time to make sure she felt comfortable. We will be back!

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  • Scenic View Train - (Don't Do It)

    by bobby420 Written Oct 6, 2008

    It's a total ripoff. We went with kids and the train has one car which is open and rest is just regular train. It has no scenic view it just goes through swamps and neighborhoods.
    Goes to next stop and comes back. They gave 45 minutes to get down at next stop. What's to do at next stop? Just a kids park with nasty slides and swings. Got back on the train, our seats were taken by new passengers. So we had to stand as train was full now.

    Cost of this ride: $18 per person. TOTALLY NOT WORTH IT.

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  • Mt. Algonquin: A good challenge!!

    by ando_deepti Written Jul 28, 2007
    @ the summit with Mt. Marcy in the background

    There are 46 peaks to conquer in the Adirondack region. Mt Marcy and Mt. Algonquin are both good challenges and can be attempted by folks that consider themselves moderately fit.

    For Mt. Algonquin, plan to spend a day trekking the 8-9 miles to and from the summit @5,114 feet. The last mile or so is pretty steep and with no tree cover. But the views at the top are very rewarding. Mt. Marcy is clearly visible from the summit.

    Equipment can be rented at the visitors center. Essentials can also be purchased at the store in the visitor center, but like any other tourist spot, expect to pay more.

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    Bobsled Run

    by VioletVampire13 Updated Mar 31, 2007

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    About 20 miles or so from the center of Lake Placid is the site of both the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Bobsled runs. For a fee in the winter, you can actually take a ride with a professional driver in one of the bobsleds. You start partway down the newer track, and continue to the end, about a mile or so long. There are also luge rides that are available, but only very limitedly. The luge rides are only one person at a time, whereas the bobsleds can hold up to four passengers plus the driver and brakeman.

    This is a very exhilerating and/or scary experiance. The bobsled can reach up to around 50 miles per hour in speed, and it feels a lot like a roller coaster. If you are afraid of roller coasters, or you aren't in the the best of health to be bumped around a lot, you might not want to ride. There is also a 48 inch height requirement.

    You have to make reservations to ride. Reservations are availabe for Friday, Saturday or Sunday, and the times vary by week. You can either call or make a reservation at the actual place, but it is a good idea to make the reservations well in advance, as they can fill up quickly, so calling would be your best option.

    There is a waiver that every person that is riding needs to sign, and every minor must have there parent or legal guardian sign in order for them to be able to ride. You can get these waivers when you check in there, or you can print them out at their website.

    The cost of this attraction is fairly expensive. Adults are USD$65, Teens are $60, and children 12 and under are $55. With an average length of the ride being around 50 seconds, that makes it a little over a dollar per second. But, if you are willing to pay that much, the experience is well worth it.

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    Go Ice Skating!!

    by Phildagr8 Updated Mar 20, 2007

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    In downtown Lake Placid is a huge indoor skating rink, so check out the times when it's open to the public and go skating! OR, you can go and see when the Olympians are training and you can watch! Either way, it's worth the trip and parking is free if you can find a spot in the lot.

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    Lake Placid

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jan 23, 2007

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    Lake Placid has been host to two Winter Olympics - in 1932 and again in 1980. My wife was particularly interested in the figure skating hisory of these events and we had a chance to tour the skating arenas used for these two Olympics. Photo of the 1932 arena with the attachment to the 1980 arena just visable at the left.

    We took a brief wander around the town after picking up a couple of submarine sandwiches for lunch. There are some quite impressive homes located along the backside of town, on the shores of Mirror Lake - a very scenic spot (2nd photo).

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    Old Fortress

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jan 23, 2007

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    Crown Point State Park

    Crossing over from Vermont into New York, we were very impressed with the old British fort at Crown Point at the lower end of Lake Champlain. Construction on the fort was begun in 1759 and completed about 1763 in order to control the Lake Champlain/Hudson River waterway route between Montreal and New York City. The site was originally staked out by the French but their fort was conquered by the British, who built their own larger version. Photo showing the remains of the enlisted mens barracks with a view to the north up Lake Champlain (NY on left and Vermont on right).

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    Take the gondola up Whiteface Mountain

    by L-A Written Oct 12, 2006

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    Whiteface Mountain, Adirondacks, NY
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    Drive to Whiteface Mountain on Rte 86, take the Cloud Splitter gondola up (we did it in the autumn when it was not skiing season). The views of the High Peak region of the Adirondacks were amazing). $14 US for adults, $10 for seniors (65+)

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  • Bobsled Ride On The Olympic Circuit

    by Andreiuta Updated Sep 29, 2006

    Just a few notes to the bobsled ride recommendation posted by other travelers:

    First, if you want to have a real chance of going for a ride, I suggest that you be there as early as you can, preferable before the park opens. I know that this sounds weird, but this is a very popular attraction. We got to the gate about 10 min before the opening hour, and still had to wait about an hour and a half to get to ride.

    Second, if you have goggles it would be extremely useful to wear them: because of the wind and speed, I had tears falling on my face, and I found somehow difficult to keep my eyes open. The ride itself is quite short (maybe 2 minutes), it costs about $40, and it starts below the most difficult turn of the track. Still it is worth it every penny and it’s a must do if you like the adrenaline rush!

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    Lake Placid Olympic Region

    by SurfaceTravel Written Sep 20, 2006

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    Ski jumper at Lake Placid, New York, USA
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    The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) manages the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid. It operates Whiteface Mountain and Gore Mountain ski areas, the Olympic Sports Complex, and the Olympic ice and jumping complexes.

    Olympic Center
    - the 1980 Rink Herb Brooks Arena
    - the 1932 & 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum
    - the Olympic Speed Skating Oval

    MacKenzie-Intervale Ski Jumping Complex
    - the 90-meter and 120-meter ski jump towers
    - the Freestyle Aerial Training Center

    Olympic Sports Complex
    - combined bobsled/luge/skeleton run
    - biathlon range and cross-country trails for skiers, snowshoers and mountain bikers

    We went to the ski jumping complex and freestyle aerial centre. The rates for the complex, park, chairlift, and elevator (up the ski jump tower) is $9 for adults, $6 for children and seniors. It's quite a sight to stand at the top of one of those jumps and look straight down the ramp. We saw some jumpers practicing there as well as at the freestyle centre.

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    SCOPE THE SLOPE!

    by heitzenrater Updated Dec 8, 2005

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    The U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid opened in November of 1982, the present facility opened in 1989. The purpose of the training center is to assist athletes in a variety of Olympic sports. The center also provides assistance to a number of affiliated sports organizations and disabled sports organizations.

    Sports most frequently training in Lake Placid include biathlon, bobsled, figure skating, ice hockey, luge, skiing and speed skating. In addition, boxing, canoe and kayak, judo, rowing, synchronized swimming, taekwondo, team handball, water polo and wrestling also train at the site.

    The housing facility contains 96 spacious rooms, which contain a private bath and television. The facility has 11 multi-purpose rooms. The complex, houses two laundry rooms, which athletes can use free of charge and a number of equipment storage rooms.

    The athlete center, adjoining the housing complex, contains a 20,000 square foot gymnasium with the capability to hold three events at the same time. The kitchen and dining facilities are located in the center and offer athletes a wide variety of nutritious foods and snacks. Also housed in this area are the administrative offices, sports medicine, weight room with a certified weight trainer and a sports science-testing lab. The lobby area contains a reception area, two large meeting rooms and an official USOC Spirit Store.

    Olympic Venues
    Many of the facilities used by athletes training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid are the same ones, which were utilized during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. Those facilities include the Olympic Center, Olympic Speed Skating Oval, Olympic Jumping Complex, Mt. Van Hoevenberg and Whiteface Mountain Ski Area. These facilities are managed by the New York Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA).

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    Icy & Cold....But What A Rush!

    by AliasGirl Updated Jul 31, 2004

    WhiteFace Mountain

    A very difficult but enjoyable mountain. The elevation base is 1,220 feet / Elevation of highest lift terminus: 4,386 ft. Elevation of highest skiable terrain is 4,650 ft.

    Can be extremely cold, check weather conditions..and is often called ICEFACE.

    Nonetheless, a great skiing location in Northern New York. Village of Lake Placid has charm and few nice pubs and restaurants to unwind after a day of skiing.
    Holiday shops and specialty stores coupled with skiing, dining and having fun create a nice environment for the entire family.

    Go to Lake Placid!

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