Lake Placid Toboggan Chute opens Sunday

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Toboggan Chute on the shore of Mirror Lake will open for the season on Sunday, the day after a wind chill warning from the National Weather Service expires, according to North Elba Park District Manager Butch Martin.

Some local businesses posted on Facebook late last week that the toboggan chute would open last weekend; however, due to warm weather, town officials made it clear that it was not yet time to open the popular attraction.

“As much as we would love to have it up and running, we are still working on it to make sure the ice is thick enough and safe enough to operate,” the town’s Facebook post reads.

Martin said the ice needs to be at least 12 inches thick before they will open the toboggan chute. It was only about 10 inches thick on Tuesday.

Park District staff try to open the chute as early in the season as possible, but it is a weather-dependent venue. Last year, it was colder earlier; therefore the slide opened earlier — on Jan. 15, the first day of a three-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

The Lake Placid Toboggan Chute, located on Parkside Drive, will be open from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for students. It includes a toboggan and unlimited rides per session. Tickets are not sold in advance.

The current toboggan chute — which was built by Jeffords Steel and erected during the winter of 2016-2017 — includes two runs. Sledders — up to four on a toboggan — climb to the top of the chute, where North Elba Park District staff send them down to the ice, which is cleared off for hundreds of feet. At night, the landing is illuminated with floodlights.

The old slide, which was demolished and scrapped, had been converted into the toboggan chute from a Lake Placid Club ski jump in 1965.

The Lake Placid Lions Club is expected to hold its annual toboggan races on Saturday, Feb. 25. Registration starts at 6:25 p.m., and races start at 6:30. There are prizes for sleds traveling the farthest on the ice.

Get updates about the chute on the town of North Elba’s Facebook page or online at www.northelba.org.


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