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Lake Placid: The Perfect Winter Sports Destination

by Brooks Reynolds on February 15, 2022
Lake Placid: The Perfect Winter Sports Destination

Imagine having access to a variety of winter sports right outside your back door. When you live in Lake Placid, you have access to almost every winter sport within a 15 minute drive. Home to two Winter Olympic Games (1932, 1980), Lake Placid remains a dream winter sports destination for locals and visitors alike.

Andrew Weibrecht, two-time Olympic champion and Lake Placid native was quoted in a recent Travel + Leisure article saying, “Lake Placid is an idyllic winter sports town, in much the same tradition as St. Moritz, Chamonix, and other iconic alpine resorts. As someone who grew up here and then competed all around the world, there are few places that can match the enthusiasm Lake Placid has for winter sports.”

Where else can you try and watch the following activities within a 10 mile radius?

  • Experience Bobsledding at Mt. Van Hoevenberg
  • Watch Skeleton and Luge athletes train and compete at Mt. Van Hoevenberg
  • Cross-country ski at Mt. Van Hoevenberg
  • Speed Skate around the Olympic Oval
  • Alpine ski at Whiteface Mountain
  • Freestyle ski, snowboard, and skier/boardercross at Whiteface Mountain
  • Try Biathlon at Mt. Van Hoevenberg
  • Watch Ski Jumping and Aerial Skiing at the Olympic Jumping Complex
  • Figure skate at the Olympic Center
  • Play hockey at the infamous 1980 Rink in the Olympic Center
  • Try Curling at the Olympic Center

This unparalleled access to winter sports provides adults and youth in the area with unique opportunities that set them apart from their counterparts.  The Adirondack region is proud to have raised dozens of Winter Olympians, many of whom we call friends and clients, such as:

  • Andrew Weibrecht, Alpine Skiing
  • Lowell Bailey, Biathlon
  • Tim Burke, Biathlon
  • Billy Demong, Nordic Combined
  • Brian Martin, Luge

And countless others who trained in Lake Placid during their athletic careers. Many of those athletes chose to stay in the area and put down roots following their retirement from the sport, such as: 

  • Andrea Henkel Burke, Biathlon
  • Bengt Walden, Luge
  • Ashley Walden, Luge

Lake Placid offers unique opportunities in winter sports that go unrivaled. We love where we live, and we think you would too. 

If you, or someone you know, is thinking about making the move to the Adirondacks, we are your boots-on-the-ground resource for everything you need to know. Call us today: (518) 418-7747

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