Lake Placid might be most well-known for hosting the 1980 Winter Olympics and the famed “Miracle on Ice” hockey game.
The 1980 games were actually the second winter games hosted by the village, making Lake Placid one of only three locations to host the Winter Olympics twice. St. Moritz, Switzerland and Innsbruck, Austria are the other two.
Shortly after the games, the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was formed to manage and run all of the Olympic Venues.
Because of this, all of the venues are still in operation and open to the public.
It also allows Lake Placid to be the Eastern Olympic Training Center and host to many national and international sporting events
like the Viessmann World Cup Luge and Stars on Ice.
Fun Fact: There was not enough commercial housing to host all of the journalist, athletes, coaches and spectators, so many locals opened up their private homes to teams.
Please note, due to COVID19, some activites may not be available. Please visit Lake Placid Olympic Sites for up-to-date hours and guidelines.
Named the top sports moment of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated, the “Miracle on Ice” was a huge win for the US that is still talked about to this day.
Named after the coach of the “Miracle on Ice,” the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena has an essence that almost brings you back to that famed day, even if you weren’t there. Herb Brooks Arena is a 7,700 seat venue that still hosts events today. From national and international figure skating and Stars on Ice, to USA Hockey and ECAC Championships, the 1980 Rink still fills with a cheering crowd just as it did on that special day.
If you’re visiting Lake Placid, stopping at the Olympic Center and taking a walk through the Herb Brooks Arena is a must.
Please note, due to COVID19, Olympic Center Tours are not currently available.
The excitement of the Olympics lives on daily through displays and exhibits that visitors of all ages will enjoy. Relive the games by viewing torches, athlete’s attire, memorabilia and mascots. There’s also a section dedicated to the famed “Miracle on Ice!”
Now Open Thursday – Monday 10AM – 5PM (closed 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm for cleaning).
Visitors are required to pre-purchase tickets on-line to assist in minimizing contact.
Can’t make it to the museum? Be a virtual guest!
Watch ski jumpers fly the length of a football field or aerialists flip and spin in the air from the deck of the Base Lodge. Lake Placid is one of the few places where you can watch ski jumpers in the winter and the summer!
The Olympic Jumping Complex recently got some new upgrades:
- New Frost Rails
- Remodeled Scenic Elevator
- Eight-Passenger Gondola
- Sky Flyer Zip Line
Home of the combined bobsled, luge & skeleton track
A roller coaster-like ride where the passenger controls the speed will allow guests to experience the 1980 Olympic Track in its entirety for the first time in over 20 years. Guests will speed through the world famous Shady Curve, Zig and Zag in their custom designed bobsled cart before gliding across the finish line with a winning time.
Winter Bobsled Experience
If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be an Olympic slider, this is the place to start! Led by a professional driver and brakeman, you’ll begin at the half-mile point on the track and wind through Olympic turns known by sliders around the world. Feel the rumble of the sled thundering down the track, speed through one turn, bank high on the next one, and pick up speed on the straightaway. Let’s just say you’ll go faster than you’re allowed to drive a car through town!
Located next to the Olympic Sports Complex, Mt. Van Hoevenberg is a great spot to get your outdoor fix! Whether you’re into hiking, mountain biking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing or biathlon, there’s something to do all year round!
Whiteface boasts the greatest vertical drop of any resort east of the Rocky Mountains!
With over 80 trails, including the longest single intermediate run in the Northeast (the 2.1-mile long Wilmington Trail), you shouldn’t have trouble finding a trail right for you!
Not a skier, but want to experience the views?! Check out the Cloudsplitter! It’s like a bird’s eye view—in flight! The eight-passenger Cloudsplitter Gondola carries you from the Main Base Lodge to the top of Little Whiteface in fifteen minutes. As you trace the mountain’s contours—soaring over streams, ski trails, steep rock faces and thick forests—the beauty of the Adirondacks reveals itself. You’ll see Lake Placid and its namesake village. To the east lies Lake Champlain, and to the south stand the tallest peaks in New York State. You’ll spot the ski jumps and the Ausable River. At the top, an observation deck and picnic area await you.
Whiteface isn’t a witner only spot. In the summertime, you’ll find great activities and adventures for the whole family from the Adventure Zone and Downhill Mountain Biking to scenic Gondola Rides. In the fall, take a drive up the Veterans’ Memorial Highway to the summit of Whiteface for breathtaking views of Adirondack fall foliage!