Get in the Lake Placid Winter Olympics Spirit

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If you are looking to get in the Lake Placid Winter Olympics spirit, this little mountain village has got you covered! Snow and the outdoors are part of winter life in Lake Placid, for locals and visitors alike. Outdoor adventures and opportunities to participate in or spectate Lake Placid Winter Olympics activities are plenty. Keep your eye on the snow forecast to hit the trail for skiing, snowboarding throughout the region or to enjoy activities at one of the many Olympic sites in town.  Read on for our ADKPP staff’s top picks to join in on the Lake Placid Winter Olympics fun!

Get in the Lake Placid Winter Olympics Spirit

Lake Placid has multiple world class venues for winter sports including the Olympic Center, Olympic Oval, Lake Placid Ski Jumps, Mount Van Hoevenberg, and, just a short distance away in Wilmington, Whiteface Mountain. These venues offer the perfect opportunity to get a taste of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics by offering various clinics and experiences. Some of these experiences include Discover Biathlon, Lake Placid Bobsled Experience and Skeleton Experience.

 

biathlon winterDiscover Biathlon

Feel what it’s like to be a Lake Placid Winter Olympics Biathlon athlete at Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex. Biathlon began centuries ago as a way to train Norwegian and Russian soldiers. This sport was originally a demonstration at the 1924 Olympics in France and continued to be a demonstration until its adoption into the Olympics in 1960.

Biathlon mixes cross-country skiing with riflery.  Athletes must ski to a range to shoot at targets (with penalties for missed shots), then ski to an additional 3 shooting ranges to finish the competition. The Discover Biathlon experience at Mt. Van Hoevenberg offers biathlon instruction, multiple runs & rounds of targets and 30 minutes of professional instruction. Tickets are time and date specific, so schedule ahead. Visit the Mt. Van Hoevenberg website for more information and to buy tickets.

BobsledLake Placid Bobsled Experience

Experience what it’s like to be a world cup bobsledder. This event is available during the holidays and for one weekend in January (13th-15th) as well as during President’s Week in February. Thrill seekers will truly appreciate sled speed reaching over 50 miles per hour while zooming through banked turns on a mile-long track. A one-of-a-kind experience only available in a few locations throughout the world, this is not to be missed! Each bobsled holds three passengers and participants should arrive 10-15 minutes early to get ready. Also, plan ahead as scheduling is time and date specific at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Sliding Center.  Visit the Mt. Van Hoevenberg website for more information and to reserve your tickets.

 

Skelton 4896901 1920Skeleton Experience

For more extreme thrill seekers, Mt. Van Hoevenberg offers a Skeleton Experience. This heart pumping ride sends you head first down the track reaching speeds up to 30 miles and hour. Participants use shoulders and feet to control the direction of the sled on the descent down the track. Skeleton was originally started in the 1800’s and became an Olympic sport in 1926. Visit the Mt. Van Hoevenberg website for more information and to pick up tickets

 

There is no shortage of ways to get in the Lake Placid Winter Olympics spirit with so many opportunities to experience winter sports in this idyllic mountain village. The Lake Placid area offers events throughout the winter including World Cup Ski Jumping and Can Am Hockey on most weekends.

If you are swept up in the Lake Placid Winter Olympics spirit and want to experience more, our Adirondack Premier Properties agents  can help.  Whether you are interested in changing homes, moving into the area, or renting a property for your vacation, contact us today!

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