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Lake Placid’s Olympic venues

March 22, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Below is a list of the 1932 and 1980 Lake Placid Olympic venues, which are operated by the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA). Schedules are provided. For more information, contact ORDA at (518) 523-1655 or log on to the Olympic Authority's Web site at or


The Olympic Center

The Olympic Center includes four ice surfaces: the 1932 Rink Jack Shea Arena, the 1980 Rink Herb Brooks Arena (home of the "Miracle on Ice") and two practice areas, the Lussi and USA rinks. It is a world-class year-round training facility for speedskating, figure skating and hockey. The Olympic Center is also available for recreational skating, conventions and concerts. In 1994, the 1932 & 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum opened in the Olympic Center.


The Olympic Speedskating Oval

This outdoor oval is one of three refrigerated 400-meter skating ovals in the United States and the site of Eric Heiden's record five gold medals in 1980. It is open during the winter months - December through March - for competitive training, events, and recreational skating.


Olympic Jumping Complex

This complex is home to winter and summer ski jumping and freestyle skiing. The large (120-meter K point) and normal (90-meter K point) jumps were used for the 1980 Olympic Games. In addition, there are three smaller hills used for development programs. A combination of ceramic tiles and plastic mats allow the jumpers to train and compete in the non-snow months. The Kodak Sports Park, completed in 1988, is America's foremost water ramp training and competitive facility for freestyle aerial skiing. Summer aerialists land in a heated 750,000-gallon pool. In winter, launching ramps and a steep landing hill are utilized for training and world-class events in freestyle aerials.


Olympic Sports Complex

This complex, formerly know as the Mount Van Hoevenberg Sports Complex, was renamed the Verizon Sports Complex in the fall of 2001. In the fall of 2006, the name went back to the Olympic Sports Complex. The attractions include the combined bobsled/luge/skeleton track which was completed in January 2000, a 50-kilometer (31-mile) cross-country skiing network built for the 1980 Winter Games, and a biathlon target range. Athletes train year-round at the facility. The public can visit the complex and take a bobsled ride, tour the complex, or ski the extensive cross-country network of groomed and set track trails. In the summer months wheeled bobsled rides are also available, as well as a mountain biking center and a summer biathlon training facility.


Whiteface Ski Center

Whiteface has the greatest vertical drop East of the Rockies, 3,430-feet. In addition to being a favorite among recreational skiers and snowboarders, all of the race courses are fully sanctioned for international competition. There are 79 trails ranging from beginner to expert and out-of-bounds skiing and riding. In the non-winter months, Whiteface operates as a mountain bike center and hosts a variety of festivals and events. Tourists can enjoy a drive the Whiteface Memorial Highway to the summit of Whiteface. The Cloudsplitter Gondola, North America's fastest gondola, whisks passengers from the base lodge to the summit of Little Whiteface in just over seven minutes and is used year-round. More information on Lookout Mountain may be found at

Gore Mountain Ski Center

Gore has a wide variety of terrain, from easy beginner slopes to challenging expert trails. There are 85 trails spread over three distinct ski areas at Gore. Gore also boasts one of the steepest headwalls in the East. During the non-winter months, Gore offers mountain biking, hiking and other summer activities. Gore is in North Creek, located in Warren County, an hour from Lake Placid. The mountain put in the new Northwoods Gondola, a heated, eight-passenger gondola. It transports skiers to the summit of Bear Mountain and also used as a summer attraction, plus Burnt Ridge information, found at



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