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Lake Placid Olympic venues to open slowly

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is gradually opening the doors to Lake Placid’s Olympic venues.

The Lake Placid Olympic Museum and the ORDA Store, both located within the Olympic Center on Main Street, reopened on July 18.

A new zipline at the Olympic Jumping Complex opened on July 17. The new gondola at the complex is also now open. The Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg was opened up for hiking and mountain biking on July 3. The Veterans Memorial Highway at Whiteface opened last month.

The gradual reopening of this area’s Olympic sites comes more than four months after ORDA announced the closure of its venues in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Whiteface highway is now open every day from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Hiking and mountain biking at Mount Van Hoevenberg is available every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A new gondola at the Olympic Jumping Complex is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks are required inside the gondola at all times. The zipline is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Olympic Museum is open Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed between noon and 1 p.m. for cleaning. Pre-purchased tickets are required to visit the Olympic Museum. The ORDA store is open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ORDA has placed sanitizer stations at all of its venues, has bolstered its sanitization practices, and will be allowing a limited number of customers into the Olympic Center at a time.

ORDA is encouraging visitors to buy tickets online before they arrive.

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