Lake Placid — Other activities
Lake Placid offers a fantastic array of winter activities. The half-mile bobsled rides at Olympic Complex at Mt Vanhoevenberg (518-523-4436, six miles from the village) are $75 per person, Wednesday through Sunday, with souvenir photo and pin and a must for any Lake Placid visitor.
Tours of the MacKenzie-Intervale Ski Jumping Complex, with chairlift and elevator ride, cost $9 for adults, $5 for children and seniors. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Olympic Speed Skating Oval is open for public skating 7–9 p.m. daily, and 1–3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays (523-1655). The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for juniors and seniors 65-plus.
Operating hours for the toboggan run on Mirror Lake are Wednesday, 7–9 p.m.; Friday, 7–10 p.m.; Saturday, noon–4 p.m. and 7–10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon–4 p.m. The charge is $3 for adults, $2 for children, and $3 for the toboggan rental.
The Olympic Sites Passport, $29, includes a day of cross-country or snowshoeing and admission to the jumping complex, the bobsled-luge-skeleton race site, a gondola ride, the Olympic Museum, and public skating. The passport also qualifies you for discounts on the half-mile bobsled ride and at the ORDA Store. There is also an Ultimate Winter Passport package for $$225 that includes a three-day lift ticket at Whiteface and Mt. VanHoevenberg.
Get into the real spirit of things by visiting the Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum. This is a can miss spot on the ground floor of the Olympic Arena with displays from the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics held at Lake Placid. It’s open daily. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for juniors. Call 518-523-1655 Ext. 226 for more information.
While in town, check out the schedule of events at the Olympic Arena.Very often there will be a hockey game or a skating exhibition there free for the watching.