Olympics

Whiteface Mountain

For an awesome adventure during any time of the year, Whiteface has tons of fun activities for every member of the family.  Here’s a summary of our favorite activities at what locals call “The Mountain.”

Cloudsplitter Gondola Rides- Available year-round, take a ride to the top of the Gondola and soak in the excellent views.

Winter Skiing- Home to the highest vertical drop in the East, host of the 1980 Winter Olympic Skiing events, and current host of miles of trails, terrain parks and even a sweet air-bag jump, there’s no better winter destination than Whiteface.

Mountain Biking- For awesome terrain and a thrilling downhill ride, Whiteface offers sweet mountain biking.  Full suspension, expert skills, and safety gear are a necessity.

Frisbee Golf- For a fun, laid-back day, Whiteface has a great course!

The Olympic Jumping Complex

Just 15 minutes from Ampersand Bay Resort, the Olympic Jumping Complex has year round family fun.  Well worth the visit, here’s what they say about themselves:

Chairlift and Elevator

See first hand the ramp that ski jumpers launch from before flying over the length of a football field. Take the chairlift alongside the jumping hills to the glass enclosed elevator to the observation deck of the 120K jump. At the top you will find a panoramic view of the Adirondack High Peaks as you stroll through the ski jumpers preparation room. Then get a bird’s eye view of what the jumpers see as they start to accelerate towards the end of the ramp. Nearby, aerialists will spring off steep kickers on the freestyle hill in a flurry of twists & turns.

Winter Season:
Please refer to schedule at http://www.whiteface.com/activities/index.php
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Elevator Only

Ride the 26-story elevator to the top of the 120K tower and view the world from a ski jumper’s perspective while you take in the panoramic view of the beautiful Adirondack High Peaks and other Olympic Venues.

Tubing

The newest attraction at the Olympic Jumping Complex goes downhill fast. Ride a tube down our newly constructed chute for over 700 feet of fun under the lights. With every tubing ticket purchased, funds go to support USA Ski Jumping.

Open: December 20 through March 20( or as weather permits)
Thursdays & Fridays: 3 p.m. –7 p.m; Saturdays: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Closed: 12/25
Rate: $9 each hour
Expanded hours during Holiday Periods. Subject to track and weather conditions

Summer Season:

How do they do it—get so good at something so difficult to practice?

Freestyle aerialists practice their flips and twists over a 750,000-gallon pool. It allows the athletes to safely fine-tune their jumps all summer long, and it makes for great entertainment. Athletes launch themselves up to 40 feet in the air before flipping three times and twisting up to five times. You’ll learn how they fit all those spins and flips into a few seconds of untethered hang time—and how after all that they stick the landing and do it again.

The country’s best ski jumpers are spending their summer training and competing in Lake Placid—and they’d like to share their high-flying sport with you. Come see these athletes, riding skis longer than the skiers are tall, streak down the inruns at nearly 60 mph. If you’re thinking, “You couldn’t pay me enough money to leap off those towers!” don’t worry, we wouldn’t let you. But you can watch the athletes step out onto a platform nearly 27 stories high, calmly fold themselves into an aerodynamic tuck, slide straight down the steep inrun and fly for the length of a football field. It’s beautiful.

Come to the Olympic Jumping Complex during one of our Summer Jumping Series for an up-close demonstration by some of the world’s best. With prizes and giveaways, it’s a great way for a family to spend a summer day together. You’re invited to participate in the action (by cheering, not jumping) and stick around afterward to meet the athletes and ask for autographs. Free admission with your Olympic Sites Passport!

The Olympic Sports Complex- The Bobsled Experience

Home to the combined bobsled, luge and skeleton track – the only one east of the Rockies – as well as 50 km of groomed cross country ski trails and a biathlon shooting range, the Olympic Sports Complex is a study in extremes.

Bobsled

If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be a comet, this is the place to start. Bobsled rides, with a professional driver and brakeman, begin at the half-mile point on the track (the same one used by Olympic racers) and wind through Shady, Labyrinth and The Heart–turns known by racers the world over.

You’ll feel the rumble of the sled’s blades passing over the track’s iced surface. You’ll slide through one turn, bank high on the next one and pick up speed on the straightaway. You’ll go faster than you’re allowed to drive a car through town. Then you’ll get to the bottom and want to do it again.

For your bravery, we’ll give you a bobsled lapel pin, a 4×6 commemorative team photo, t-shirt, a Lake Placid Bobsled Experience sticker, membership in the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation and 20 percent off your second bobsled ride.

Open: Wednesday – Friday: 1:00 p.m. – 3 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Rate: Adult $80, Teen $75 age 12 & under $70
Minimum height: 48″

The Olympic Center and Lake Placid Olympic Museum

Olympic Center

Site of the historic 1932 and 1980 Olympic Games including the legendary “Miracle on Ice” hockey game in 1980. In the 1932 Rink, Sonja Henie won her second of three consecutive Olympic Figure Skating titles. The Olympic Center houses three ice surfaces, the Convention Center at Lake Placid and the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. This unique venue is active year round. The Olympic Center hosts numerous international and national events, youth and adult hockey tournaments, and Figure Skating Championships throughout the year.

http://www.whiteface.com/facilities/oc.php

Lake Placid Olympic Museum

Explore the legacy of the 1932 & 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Winter Games with many great exhibits, which include video highlights, athletes’ uniforms and equipment, collections of Olympic Games torches, mascots and medals, including the first gold medal ever awarded.

Museum admission: Adults: $7 (ages 20-64), Jr/Sr: $5, (65+), Children 6 and under free.

Time: Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. / Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

For up-to-date information please call 518.302.5326

Public Skating on the Olympic Speed Skating Oval

This is where Eric Heiden made Olympic history in 1980 by capturing an unprecedented five gold medals. Enjoy the magic of this legendary ice by skating a few laps on the 400 meter oval in the Village of Lake Placid with friends and family.

Available: Anticipated availability early December to beginning of March (Weather Permitting)

Rates: Adult $8; Jr/Sr $5 / Rentals $3
Time: Please call 518.523.1655 for weekly availability.

Speedskating:
Available: Anticipated availability early December to beginning of March (Weather Permitting)
Time: Please call 518.523.1655


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