Renovation and construction projects at Lake Placid’s Olympic Jumping Complex have begun, part of a $70-million appropriation to the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) for capital improvements. Last year ORDA completed renovations to the base lodge.
The renovation and construction projects are part of the preparation for the recently awarded 2023 Winter World University Games and feature a new frost rail system for both the 90 and 120-meter ski jumps. Frost rails are designed to maintain a consistent and reliable jumping surface. Additional underground infrastructure is also being installed, along with a new design for the outrun landing hills. By re-grading the landing hills, the venue is expected to not require as much snow to achieve the desired profile.
In addition, the current chairlift and transport system are being removed, making way for a new eight-person gondola. Once completed, the ADA compliant gondola will carry athletes, coaches, officials, equipment and visitors from the complex’s base lodge to the base of the 90 and 120-meter ski jump towers. It will also deliver guests to the new zipline launch deck.
From there, they will have access to the tower’s newly renovated glass enclosed elevator. This elevator will offer panoramic views of the Adirondack High Peaks and surrounding area.
The zipline park is designed for all levels. The most extreme of the four courses is expected to reach speeds of 60 miles-per-hour, have a 30-degree decline and navigate its way along the world-class ski jumps.
Doppelmayr Garaventa Group is performing the installation of the gondola and transport system.
Terra-Nova LLC is designing and installing the zipline course along with all its features.
Friend Commercial Contracting is overseeing the elevator upgrades, elevator tower’s curtain wall and window replacement.
Photo of Olympic Jumping Complex 90 Meter Ramp courtesy of ORDA/Whiteface Lake Placid.