Lake Placid Hosted the 1932 & 1980 Winter Olympics

Lake Placid Olympic ski jumpLake Placid hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Today there are many activities to take part in in and around Lake Placid, NY to make you feel a part of an Olympic team. Below are a couple of interesting places Premiere Transportation can take you on your next outing!

Olympic Jumping Complex Whiteface

At the Olympic Jumping Complex, you’ll see up close, the ramp that ski jumpers launch from before flying over the length of a football field. Take the glass enclosed elevator to the observation deck of the K-120 meter jump. At the top you will find a panoramic view of the Adirondack High Peaks as you stroll through the ski jumpers preparation room. Then get a bird’s eye view of what the jumpers see as they start to accelerate towards the end of the ramp. Nearby, aerialists will spring off steep kickers on the freestyle hill in a flurry of twists, turns and tumbles. 

We are all taught that you need wings to fly. Not in the case of Nordic Combined Olympian Bill Demong, who made history at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Bill, a local Olympian, was the first American to win Nordic Combined gold. The Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid was Bill’s training ground for many years and is currently the training site for many aspiring young athletes who hope one day to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.

Lake Placid Bobsled Experience

If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be a comet, this is the place to start. Bobsled rides, with a professional driver and brakeman, begin at the half-mile point on the track (the same one used by Olympic racers) and wind through Shady, Labyrinth and The Heart—turns known by racers the world over.

You’ll feel the rumble of the sled’s blades passing over the track’s iced surface. You’ll slide through one turn, bank high on the next one and pick up speed on the straightaway. You’ll go faster than you’re allowed to drive a car through town. Then you’ll get to the bottom and want to do it again.

For your bravery, we’ll give you a bobsled lapel pin, a 4×6 commemorative team photo, t-shirt, a Lake Placid Bobsled Experience sticker, membership in the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation and 20 percent off your second bobsled ride.

Public Ice Skating

Two of the four rinks, one indoors, one out, both with a direct link to Olympic glory, and both here for you to enjoy.

You can’t tell the story of competitive skating without involving the Village of Lake Placid. It was in Lake Placid during the 1932 Winter Olympics that Norwegian figure skater, Sonja Henie, won gold and pirouetted into hearts around the world. That same year, the USA Men’s Speed skating Team made a gold medal sweep, with local hero Jack Shea striking gold twice and teammate Irving Jaffee winning the remaining two medals. Nearly 50 years later on that very oval, USA Men’s Speed skater Eric Heiden set Olympic history by winning an unprecedented five gold medals.

Bring your own skates or rent from the center. In the center of the Speed Skating Oval, one of the few outdoor rinks of its kind left in the country, get cozy and warm up around the fire pit. On both rinks, you’ll be skating with history.

Contact Premiere Transportation Group today to plan your next North Country Outing!