The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has announced the 2019-2020 Whiteface Lake Placid fall/winter calendar. Dates and schedules are subject to change.
Scheduled major events include:
Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2019 – Viessmann FIL Luge World Cup/BMW Sprint Cup. International luge racing returns to Lake Placid. Nations Cup racing (World Cup qualifier) is slated for Friday, Nov. 29, while the men and women’s singles races are Saturday, Nov. 30. The doubles’ World Cup and BMW Sprint Cup competitions take place, Sunday, Dec. 1.
Dec. 14-15, 2019 – BMW IBSF Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup. Racing starts Friday, Dec. 14, with two-man and women’s bobsled and women’s skeleton. Saturday, Dec. 15, features men’s skeleton and four-man bobsled.
Feb. 7-8, 2020 – IBSF Para-Bobsleigh World Cup. One year after hosting the IBSF Para-Bobsleigh World Championships, the Mt. Van Hoevenberg track looks forward to holding para-bobsleigh World Cup racing. Lake Placid’s famed one-mile long track, with its twisting turns and high-speed descent, will test each athlete’s strength, finesse and courage.
March 14, 2020 – Lake Placid Nordic Festival/Loppet. Whether you’re a beginner skier or an experienced racer, the place to be is in Lake Placid for Lake Placid Loppet and Kort Loppet. Nordic skiers will converge on the cross-country ski trails at Mt. van Hoevenberg to compete in the 35th Lake Placid Loppet. Open to classical and freestyle skiers, the Loppet is a 50k race (31-miles) through the 1980 Olympic ski trails. The vertical climb is just under 3,700 feet.
March 20-21, 2020 – ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship Tournament. The ECAC Hockey championship returns for the seventh straight postseason. The winner of this 59th annual tournament receives an automatic bid to play in the NCAA championship tournament. The ECAC Men’s Hockey championship tournament will be played on the famed Herb Brooks Arena 1980 Rink.
April 1-4, 2020 – ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships. The event marks the first time that Lake Placid has been selected to host the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships and the fifth time the United States has staged it. Held since 2000, the World Synchronized Skating Championships is an annual event organized by the International Skating Union and attracts the most elite senior-level synchronized skating teams from around the world.
Other events this fall and winter include: 28th Annual Whiteface Mountain Oktoberfest, Sept. 28-29; Mt. Van Hoevenberg Combined Bobsled/Luge/Skeleton Track Opens for Season (weather/conditions permitting), Oct. 14; U.S. Paralympic Nordic Training Camp, Nov. 4-8; IBSF Development Camp, Nov. 4-8; IBSF North America Cup/Youth/Women’s MonoBob Training, Nov. 10-14; IBSF North America Cup/Youth Olympics Qualifier/Women’s MonoBob Racing, Nov. 15-21; Whiteface Opens for the 2019-’20 Skiing and Riding Season (weather/conditions permitting), Nov. 28; IBSF Bobsled & Skeleton International Training Week, Dec. 5-8; Miracle Holiday Classic Ice Hockey Tournament, Dec. 13-15; ISI Figure Skating Competition, Jan. 2-5; IBSF North America Cup & Women’s MonoBob Racing, Jan. 3-9; Canada Cup—Long Track Speed Skating, Jan. 17-19; Northwood School Invitational Hockey Tournament, Jan. 17-20; IBSF Intercontinental Cup, Jan. 20-24; 41st Empire State Winter Games, Jan. 30-Feb. 2; IBSF Para-Bobsleigh Training, Feb. 1-2; USA Luge Youth National Championships, Feb. 29-March 1; USCSA Ski and Snowboard Championships, March 8-14; USABS Bobsled & Skeleton National Championships, March 20-21; IBSF International Development School, March 23-April 4; USA Hockey Officials Clinic, April 24-25.
More information on ORDA’s Olympic venues and events is available on their website.
Photo of Whiteface Mountain provided by ORDA.