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Adirondacks: The Olympic-Sized Experience

January 28th, 2013 · No Comments · Destination Marketing

“The only place in America to hold the Winter Olympic Games twice.”


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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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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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The Next Generation of Olympians Descend on NYC May 10th

April 19th, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Meet Olympic Medalists & Sochi 2014 Hopefuls at Fundraiser in Central Park

LAKE PLACID, NY – Vancouver Winter Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalists will be in Central Park for an evening of entertainment to benefit the Next Generation of Olympians and Sochi 2014 hopefuls.

Andrew Weibrecht wins bronzeThis event presents a rare opportunity to meet Nordic Combined Gold and Silver Medalist Bill Demong, Super G Bronze Medalist Andrew Weibrecht, and aspiring Sochi 2014 athletes on a rare break from their rigorous training schedules. Olympian Casey Colby, U.S. Ski Team member Tommy Biesemeyer, U.S. Olympic Ski Jumpers Nicholas Alexander and Peter Frenette, and U.S. Olympic Biathlete Tim Burke will also be in attendance.

In 2010, New York’s premier ski program, the New York State Ski Educational Foundation, sent seven athletes to the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. NYSEF will host its first New York City gala fundraiser Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm in the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, New York City. Proceeds from ticket sales and an auction will be donated to the Endowment Fund to Support the Next Generation, and the NYSEF scholarship and general funds.

General admission tickets for the event are $250 and $150 for attendees 18 and under. Tickets may be purchased online at:

In partnership with NYSEF, the Next Generation gala event is sponsored in part by Northwood School and the National Sports Academy at Lake Placid, and will feature an auction, cocktails and dinner. Additional sponsors include the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa, Whiteface Mountain and CJS Sales. For more information, contact Emily McGuire at or log on to

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Slide Down Mt. Van Hoevenberg

January 26th, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack Life

Make sure you watch the HD version.

Olympic Bobsled Track - Mt Van Hoevenburg, AdirondacksTrack Specification
Length to finish: 1455 m
Length to end of track: 1680 m
Curves: 20
Average Grade: 9.8%
Vertical Drop to Finish: 107 m
Vertical Drop to low point: 128 m
Maximum G Forces: 5.1
Maximum Speed: 130 km/h                        Official SiteWikipedia
Average Grade: 8.6%

The old track:
“Owning one of the great traditions in the sport, the original bob track in lake Placid was ranked among the most difficult. Lake Placid has hosted the Olympic bobsleigh competitions of 1932 and 1980 along with seven World Championships. In 1999 a new combined track was built for the Goodwill Games.” (link)

Wow, in 1917, the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks successfully blocked “construction of a bobsleigh run on state forest lands, in the Town of North Elba, on the west side of the Sentinel Range, in Wilmington Notch“, which resulted in the construction of the bobsled track in its current location. (link)

Popular Science, 1931 – Mile-a-Minute on a Bobsled
Popular Mechanics, 1932 – Rounding the Zigzag Turn of a Bobsled Run

Olympic Bob-run - Lake Placid, NY
(Photo by Dave Parfitt, via Adventures by Daddy)

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Olympic Bobsled Run

January 25th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Adirondack Life

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Some DMO’s have all the fun

November 7th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Destination Marketing

My semi-serious jokes about ORDA and the Gay Olympics are not appreciated by the local tourism demi-gods.  Too bad, cuz I think it would be fun(ny).  (Possibly NSFW)

I’ve always believed that Montreal is a feeder-market that has been poorly developed by tourism promoters in the North Country.  Last time we talked about “alternative” market niches, an unnamed county legislator almost had a stroke. Maybe when I get an official Adirondack video camera, I can make some fun commercials too.

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