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New looks unveiled for overhauled 1980 Olympic venues

A rendering shows two people riding a future mountain coaster at Mount Van Hoevenberg. (Image provided by New York state)
The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is working on building an Alpine mountain coaster that will follow this path around the old bobsled run at Mount Van Hoevenberg. (Image provided by New York state)
This rendering shows a zipline set to be built at the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid. (Image provided by New York state)
This image shows new lighting and frost rails on the 90- and 120-meter ski jumps at the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid. (Image provided by New York state)
This rendering shows a side view of proposed updates to the exterior of the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, including a new walkway to the Olympic Speedskating Oval and upgrades to the facade of the main building. (Image provided by New York state)
Pictured is a rendering of the new base lodge at Mount Van Hoevenberg. (Image provided by New York state)
This rendering shows a side view of the new base lodge at Mount Van Hoevenberg. (Image provided by New York state)
Rendering of the interior of the new base lodge at Mount Van Hoevenberg. (Image provided by New York state)

WILMINGTON — The state has unveiled new renderings of proposed and ongoing upgrades to Olympic sports facilities in Lake Placid.

In a news release following the conclusion of the first-ever I Love NY Adirondack Oktoberfest Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office touted a funding commitment of nearly $240 million to support the state facilities overseen by the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, based in Lake Placid. These venues include the Lake Placid Olympic Center, the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg, the Olympic Jumping Complex and three downhill ski areas: Whiteface, Belleayre and Gore.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul unveiled the new renderings at the Adirondack Oktoberfest awards ceremony Friday, hosted at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Lodge.

Altogether, ORDA has 30 new projects in the pipeline and $78 million in new project funding from the state this year, according to the authority’s annual report. These include a new base lodge, cross-country stadium, two Alpine mountain coasters and updated trailheads at Mount Van Hoevenberg; a new gondola, glass-enclosed elevator, ziplines and frost rail systems at the Olympic Jumping Complex; an already opened new elevator at the top of Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway and more.

Earlier this year, ORDA officials also unveiled preliminary concept designs for proposed upgrades to the Olympic Center and speedskating oval that they said at the time could cost up to $100 million. The state has not yet budgeted money for that, however.