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Whiteface Re-opens this Weekend and Gore Opens for the Season

November 21st, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Whiteface - Lake PlacidWhiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, N.Y. is slated to re-open for the 2012-’13 season Friday, Nov. 23, with three trails (Upper Valley, Lower Valley, and Fox) and one lift, the Facelift quad.

Whiteface boasts the East’s greatest vertical drop, and for 20 consecutive years, readers of Ski Magazine have tabbed Whiteface Lake Placid, N.Y. as the number-one destination for Off-Hill Activities. Whiteface, Wilmington and Lake Placid also received high marks from the magazine’s readers for its scenery (#3), resort dining (#3), après ski (#3), challenging terrain (#7) and mountain character (#8).

Whiteface Lake Placid was also chosen by SnowEast Magazine readers as the East’s Destination Village. The publication’s readers also tabbed Whiteface Lake Placid New York State’s Favorite Ski Resort and the East’s Most Scenic Resort.

Lift ticket prices this holiday weekend are $39 for adults, teens and seniors and only $25 for junior skiers and riders. As always children six and under ski for free.

Trails and lifts are subject to change this holiday weekend. Please log on to before coming to the mountain for the latest conditions.

Gore MountainGore Mountain, in North Creek, N.Y., is also slated to open for the season, Friday. Gore, home to 2,537 vertical feet and the most skiable acreage in New York State, will open with six trails (Ruby Run, Foxlair, Sunway, Quicksilver, 3B and Jamboree) and the gondola.

Readers of Ski Magazine also tabbed Gore as one of the East’s top-10 mountains for value, lifts and overall satisfaction. Early season rates, through Dec. 14, are $52 for adults, $43 for teens and seniors and $29 for juniors.

For the most up to date conditions, visit

Belleayre was slated to open Saturday, however; due to temperature inversions the past few nights, the mountain has been unable to continue blowing enough snow to reach its goal of opening this weekend. Belleayre will resume snowmaking as soon as conditions allow and will open soon after.

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Lake Placid set to Unveil Plans for an International Sliding Sports Museum

February 22nd, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA)LAKE PLACID, NY – The Lake Placid Olympic Museum, in conjunction with the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), is in the planning stage for the International Sliding Sports Museum (ISSM) and its Science and Technology Park to be located at the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt Van Hoevenberg. This will be the inaugural annex for each of the ORDA venues and their respective sports.

Fans are invited to join the committee, Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2:30 p.m., for the unveiling of the museum’s planned exhibits and programs, at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Lamy Lodge.

The first of its kind anywhere in the world, this preeminent facility will feature the history of the sports of bobsled, skeleton and luge at the home of North American sliding, where current and future Olympians from around the world train and compete.

With a significant collection on display at the Olympic Sports Complex and the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, the groundwork for this museum is already in place. Historic race sleds, equipment, video, photos, medals and trophies can already be seen at both locations, but a greater, more complete story remains to be told.

“Lake Placid is an ideal location for such a museum, it has played a vital role in the development and history of all of the sliding sports,” said ORDA chairman Patrick Barrett. “And because of its unique location, within a facility used by thousands of athletes from around the world, this location is ideal for educating the current and future athletes about the history and the development of their sports, while at the same time educating and inspiring a global audience.”

The Lake Placid Olympic Museum is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit museum and invites your participation in this plan. If you wish to sponsor some part of this experience or have artifacts or stories that would enhance the collections, please contact the Museum at 518-302-5363, or Rebecca Dayton at the Olympic Sports Complex at 518-523-3419,

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FIBT Bobsled & Skeleton World Championships Lake Placid Team Selections

February 13th, 2012 · No Comments · News

Even though there’s not much snow…. We have ICE.

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FIBT World Championships 2012The much anticipated World Championships of Sliding is happening all next week and athletes are already arriving in Lake Placid. This will be the 9th time Lake Placid’s Olympic Track is used for the FIBT World Championships – the last time being 2009 when Steve Holcomb piloted to a US-victory over Switzerland and Germany. That is a BIG DEAL in the sliding-world.

The US-team selections for bobsled and skeleton were just announced today:

The selection committee met yesterday to decide teams competing in World Championships. Holcomb will team with Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas), Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) and Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.) in the USA-1 BMW Night Train sled. Langton was selected to compete with Holcomb in the Under Armour two-man sled.

John Napier (Lake Placid, N.Y.) will compete with Adam Clark (Owenton, Ky.), Chris Fogt (Alpine, Utah) and either Jesse Beckom (Chicago, Ill.) or Chuck Berkeley (Walnut Creek, Calif.) in his National Guard four-man sled, and Fogt will be Napier’s brakeman in the Alamo two-man sled.

Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.) earned his spot as pilot of USA-3. The rookie driver will race with Dallas Robinson (Georgetown, Ky.) in two-man, and Johnny Quinn (McKinney, Texas), Robinson and either Beckom or Berkeley in four-man. Beckom and Berkeley will race off on Wednesday to determine if they will compete with USA-2 or USA-3 next weekend.

The U.S. will field three sleds in the women’s bobsled competition. Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) will team with Katie Eberling (Palos Hills, Ill.) in the KOA sled as USA-1, while Bree Schaaf (Bremerton, Wash.) and Emily Azevedo (Chico, Calif.) will partner in the Sliding for Hope sled as USA-2. Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.) will compete with Ingrid Marcum (Elmhurst, Ill.) in the USA-3 FDNY sled to complete the roster.

Women’s skeleton athletes Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) and Annie O’Shea (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) both hold records on the Lake Placid track and will be threats for the podium. Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.) and John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.) are expected to set the pace in the men’s skeleton event.

I’m looking forward to following Team Night Train and also the nighttime skeleton races. No reason to miss the action:

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The World Visits Lake Placid in February… Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships Return

February 3rd, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Whiteface - Lake PlacidLAKE PLACID, N.Y. — The world is getting ready to visit Lake Placid, N.Y., and once again the tiny two-time Olympic village in upstate New York will be the center of the sliding universe when the FIBT Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships, presented by Conceptum Sport Logistics gets under way on the Olympic Sports Complex track. This will mark the second time since 2009 that Lake Placid has hosted the sport’s biggest race outside the Olympic year.

“We’re ready… what more needs to be said,” remarked New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) chairman Pat Barrett. “We’ve been preparing for this event since it was awarded to Lake Placid and everyone is ready to show the fans, officials and most of all the athletes an unforgettable time.”

Olympic Bobsled RunMore than 20 nations are expected to compete on the 1,455-meter long course in men’s two and four man bobsled, women’s bobsled and men’s and women’s skeleton, including the reigning four-man Olympic bobsled champion Steve Holcomb (Park City, Utah) of the United States. Holcomb rode his 2009 world championship victory in Lake Placid into the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, in Vancouver, Canada, where he became the first American bobsled pilot to win an Olympic gold medal in more than 60 years. Many of the athletes competing this time around are also hoping that the momentum gained at the world championships will carry over to the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Racing begins on Friday, Feb. 17, at 9:30 a.m. with the opening two runs of the women’s bobsled race. The women’s world champion will be crowned under the lights, Saturday night when runs three and four begin at 5 p.m. Saturday also features runs one and two of the two-man bobsled competition, beginning at 9 a.m.

Sunday’s schedule will feature the crowning of the two-man world champion when racing begins at 9 a.m. and the team competition. The team event will feature at least 10 nations competing in men’s and women’s skeleton, men’s two-man bobsled and women’s bobsled, all racing for the lowest combined time.

Racing will resume, Thursday, Feb. 23, when the world’s best women’s skeleton athletes take to the 22-curve track at 9:40 a.m. They will take two runs before a world champion is crowned on Friday, Feb. 24, when racing begins at 9:45 a.m. The men will also race, Friday, starting at 5 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule features four-man bobsled action, with heats one and two beginning at 9 a.m., before the men’s skeleton action resumes with its final two runs at 5 p.m. Finally, the 2012 FIBT Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships, presented by Conceptum Sport Logistics will conclude, Sunday, with the third and fourth runs of the four-man race, beginning at 9:20 a.m.

Be sure to bring the entire family to the world championships and be a part of the excitement, on and off the track. Public skeleton rides are scheduled for Monday, Feb. 20, through Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5:30-7 p.m., and on Friday, Feb. 24, from 1-2 p.m. Reservations are required. To reserve your spot, call 518.523.4436 or e-mail

A fireworks display at the track, sponsored by Aubuchon Hardware and Benjamin Moore Paints, will light up night’s sky Saturday night, Feb. 18, beginning at 8:45 p.m., following the women’s bobsled award ceremony and the public draw for the team event. Fireworks are also slated for Saturday, Feb. 25, also beginning at 8:45 p.m.

Plus join the World Championship Concert Sunday night, Feb. 19, inside the Conference Center at Lake Placid. The doors open at 6 p.m., with Roadside Mystic playing at 7 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony for the men’s two-man event and team competition. The music will continue at 8:30 when Assembly of Dust takes to the stage. Tickets are just $20 for Sunday’s party.

Tickets are on sale now for the 2012 FIBT Bobsled and Skeleton World championships, presented by Conceptum Sport Logistics. Single day tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for seniors and juniors. Tickets to see all seven days of competition are $50 for adults and $35 for juniors and seniors. Tickets are available on line by visiting, through the Olympic Center’s box office at 2634 Main St., Lake Placid, or at the Olympic Sports Complex box office.

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Whiteface/Lake Placid a Romantic Ski Getaway

January 9th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Shermans Travel Top-Six Romantic Getaways

Whiteface MtLAKE PLACID/WILMINGTON, N.Y. — Are you looking for a romantic ski vacation this winter? If you are, you might want to consider Whiteface/Lake Placid, N.Y. Shermans Travel has included the two-time Olympic village and Whiteface Mountain, inWilmington, N.Y., as one of their top six Romantic Ski Destinations.

The article describes skiing at the Olympic Mountain, bobsled rides at Mt. Van Hoevenberg and the Olympic Center as activities and attractions. It also features lodging properties including the Mirror Lake Inn and the Lake Placid Lodge.

This is the latest recognition for the resort. Earlier this winter, Whiteface/Lake Placid was tabbed by National Geographic Magazine as one of the top-10 winter destinations world-wide. Whiteface/Lake Placid was one of only three United States destinations to make the list. The world-wide publication also featured the area in its top-10 of North American Snow Adventures.

Of course this fall; readers of SKI Magazine selected Whiteface/Lake Placid as the top destination for Off Hill Activities. The readers also selected Whiteface Mountainas the fourth top ski resort in the eastern United States.

Whiteface, Wilmington and Lake Placid also received high marks from the magazine’s readers for its scenery (#2), resort dining (#3), après ski (#3), mountain character (#4), family programs (#7), challenging terrain (#7), overall terrain (#9), overall satisfaction (#9) and lodging (#10).

SnowEast Magazine readers also picked Whiteface Mountain as the east’s most scenic resort.

For more information about Whiteface/Lake Placid and all of ORDA’s Olympic venues, log on to

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Environmental Authors McKibben, Stager to Speak at HPIC

January 2nd, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Environmental authors Bill McKibben and Curt Stager will be among the distinguished speakers participating in the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Winter 2012 Lecture Series at the High Peaks Information Center (HPIC). The Saturday evening lecture series begins Jan. 7 and runs through March 17.

Adirondack Mountain Club LogoMcKibben, one of the leading voices of the environmental movement, is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. His books include “The End of Nature,” “The Age of Missing Information” and “Hope, Human and Wild: True Stories of Living Lightly on the Earth.” His Feb. 4 lecture, “Notes from the Front of the Climate Fight,” will focus on the global movement to address climate change.

Stager, a professor at Paul Smith’s College, is the author of “Deep Future: the Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth,” which Kirkus Reviews listed as one of the best nonfiction books of 2011. On Jan. 21, Stager will speak on “Climate Whiplash: What Happens After Global Warming?” While debate over global warming generally focuses on what may happen in the next 100 years, Stager will discuss the long-term climate picture.

Other lectures in the series will focus on winter birds, backcountry travel, avalanche awareness and moose in New York State. On the lighter side, the series will also feature concerts by Annie and the Hedonists and the Rustic Riders.

Winter 2012 HPIC Lecture Series

Jan. 7: “Winter Birds of the Adirondacks” with Joan Collins, president of Adirondack Avian Expeditions & Workshops.

Jan. 14: “Backcountry Travel” with Pete Fish, a retired forest ranger with over 30 years experience patrolling the High Peaks.

Jan. 21: “Climate Whiplash: What Happens After Global Warming?” with Curt Stager.

Jan. 28: “Basic Avalanche Awareness” with High Peaks Forest Ranger Jim Giglinto.

Feb. 4: “Notes from the Front of the Climate Fight” with Bill McKibben.

Feb. 11: “Moose in New York” with state wildlife biologist Ed Reed.

Feb. 18: “Adirondack Environmental History: It’s as Clear as Mud” with Brendan Wiltse, a Ph.D. candidate from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.

Feb. 25: Music by Annie and the Hedonists.

March 3: “Introduction to Square Dancing,” with music and calling by Stan Burdick.

March 10: “Flora and Fauna of the Adirondacks.”

March 17: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with The Rustic Riders, an Adirondack-based acoustic group.

Saturday evening lectures at HPIC begin at 8 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public.

The High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) is at the end of the Adirondack Loj Road, 8 miles south of Lake Placid. For more information about the lecture series and other ADK programs, visit our website at or call (518) 523-3441.

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Essex County DMO presents First Annual Destination Awards

June 21st, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack News

LAKE PLACID, NY – Three organizations took home the first-ever Destination Awards on Tuesday as the Board of Directors of the Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (LPCVB/ROOST) announced the recipients at a ceremony at the Conference Center at Lake Placid.

Justin Smith, Board of Directors Chair, Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable TourismThe awards were presented by Justin Smith, Chair of the LPCVB/ROOST board of directors. “As the Destination Marketing Organization for Essex County, we are pleased to showcase the people and organizations who have made the greatest contributions toward achieving a sustainable tourism economy for our region,” he said during the event. “I’m honored to celebrate the efforts of our industry’s best.”

Three awards were presented, all for efforts undertaken during the period January 2010 through May 2011.

New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA)The first presentation was the 2010 Destination Product Award, which is given to the group or individual who has, through capital investment or public coordination, moved forward with a project that positively affects the tourism-related infrastructure in Essex County. The award was presented to the New York State New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) for securing the funding, facilitating the design and building the Conference Center at Lake Placid.

“This was an easy winner to select,” said Smith during the presentation. “Perhaps the most significant arrow that we have in our quiver is our own State Authority. Through their efforts, we’re starting off in the black: the facility is paid for with funds set aside through ORDA by Empire State Development and by Governor Pataki before he left office, so the community will have the newest, most state-of-the-art facility, with absolutely no debt load.”

Matt Stanley, Manager, Santa's Workshop; Kathryn Reiss, owner, High Falls Gorge represent the Adirondack Attractions groupThe 2010 Tourism Marketing Award was given to a group that distinguished itself for developing a cooperative marketing program, beginning with a website and printed collateral, to promote the collection of unique attractions throughout the region. The award was presented to the Adirondack Attractions group, which includes Ausable Chasm, Santa’s Workshop, Whiteface Mountain, High Falls Gorge, The Wild Center, Natural Stone Bridge and Caves.

“In the 50‘s, 60‘s and 70‘s, before there was an Adirondack Regional Tourism Council, it was the Adirondack Attractions who were responsible for cooperatively marketing the Adirondacks.”, said Smith. “The Adirondack Attractions group has banded together to recreate this model, and to develop a cooperative regional campaign that plays on their collective strengths.”

Kevin and George Leveille, of Lake Placid LacrosseThe evening wrapped up with the Tourism Advocate Award, which is given to a group or individual who is directly responsible for bringing a large group or event to the area resulting in a significant economic impact to the county. The 2010 award recipient was Lake Placid Lacrosse, accepted by founder George Leveille. Lake Placid Lacrosse began in 1990 with 7 teams and 14 games, and has grown into a weeklong annual event that hosts over 180 teams.

“George and his group have facilitated infrastructure expansion to 13 fields, and underscore the value of events to the region,” said Smith. “Lake Placid Lacrosse is a tremendous example of outstanding vision and hard work, ensuring Lake Placid’s place as a premiere destination for the fastest growing sport in the U.S.”

The Ceremony began with an overview of 2010 highlights in tourism promotion by James McKenna, President of the LPCVB/ROOST. He reported the findings of the 2010 Leisure Travel Information Study, and the many projects undertaken by the LPCVB/ROOST staff during 2010, including the launch of four new websites, including, the integration of social media and the development of a coalition to ensure the future of the Empire State Winter Games.

The 2010 Destination Award nominees were submitted by the staff and board of directors of the LPCVB/ROOST, and the winners were selected by the board chair. Nominees for the 2011 Destination Awards will be solicited from Essex County’s marketing partners in advance of next year’s event, and voted upon by the LPCVB/ROOST Board of Directors.

Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable TourismFor more information about the Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, including links to their annual reports and the Leisure Travel Information Study results for the past eight years, visit their corporate website at

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