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Lake Placid receives print, online and TV publicity

December 18, 2009
By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer

LAKE PLACID - The village has benefitted from some good national publicity lately - online, in print and on television.

The two-time Olympic village was recently chosen by as one of the "10 most affordable ski resorts."

Lake Placid, which was named by as one of the best values in the East, was described as a place that "offers lots of lodging options, a charming picture-postcard town with great restaurants and a $29 Olympic passport that offers admission to all the venues built for the Olympic games that were held in Lake Placid."

Lake Placid was also picked recently as a top-10 winter wonderland by Lake Placid was ranked ninth on the list, which was topped by Quebec City, Canada. The only other place in the East to make the list was Stowe, Vt., at number six.

State Olympic Regional Development Authority President and CEO Ted Blazer said the publicity will help to bring more visitors to the region and ORDA's venues.

"This is a tremendous tribute for Lake Placid and it continues to strengthen what we do and what we're about," Blazer said in a news release.

Earlier this year, Lake Placid was also named to the "Top Five Resorts in the East" in SKI Magazine's 2010 Reader Resort Survey. The magazine also named Lake Placid number one in the nation for off-hill activities for the 17th straight year.

Riders of Amtrak trains in the Northeast have also been getting to know Lake Placid recently.

The November/December issue of "Arrive," Amtrak's onboard magazine for business travelers, is running a travel story penned by writer and comedian Mo Rocca about a recent visit to Lake Placid.

"It's no wonder that everyone in this town is so darn healthy and ruddy-cheeked," writes Rocca, a regular contributor to CBS's "Sunday Morning" and frequent panelist on NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me." "It's not unusual for residents to take part of the afternoon off from work to go cross-country skiing before returning to their jobs."

Comedian Stephen Colbert, who along with Rocca was a regular correspondent on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, was in Lake Placid last month to film a segment about his attempt to make the Olympic bobsled and skeleton teams. The segments aired Dec. 3 and 10 on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report."



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