Three Olympic venues open this weekend as the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) ramps up a schedule of family fun and activities.
The Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway, in Wilmington, NY, opens on Friday, May 18. The Highway, stretching eight miles from Wilmington to the summit, allows visitors to drive to the top of New York State’s fifth-highest peak. Once at the summit, guests can enjoy views of the Adirondack High Peaks and visit a castle made of native stone. The Highway is open weekends only through May 28, then daily, from June 1 through October 8.
The Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex, home of the combined bobsled/luge/skeleton track and the 1932 and 1980 Olympic bobsled track, opens Saturday, May 19, for venue tours. The one-mile long combine track has become a regular stop on the bobsled, luge and skeleton World Cup circuits, while the 1932 and 1980 Olympic bobsled track is listed with the National Register of Historic Places.
The Olympic Jumping Complex, home to the 90-meter and 120-meter ski jump towers and the freestyle aerial training facility, opens for chairlift and elevator tours on Saturday, May 19, from 9 am to 4 pm and will be open daily through October. The complex offers a 26-story elevator ride to the sky deck atop the 120-meter tower with views of the Adirondacks. While touring the venue, view high flying athletes training for their chance at Olympic greatness.
The Lake Placid Olympic Museum is open daily 10 am to 5 pm providing a complete overview of Lake Placid’s Olympic heritage, including the 1980 Miracle on Ice.
Visitors can enjoy many of these activities for one low price, when purchasing the single use Olympic Sites Passport, for $40 or the unlimited access, Gold Pass, for $89. Both passes give guests access to everyone of ORDA’s Olympic venues — from Whiteface to the Olympic Sports Complex and everything in between.
For more information on ORDA and its Olympic venues or how to purchase the Olympic Sites Passport or Gold Pass, click here.