Jan. 15-18 – FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup. The world’s best freestyle skiers return to Lake Placid to compete in the FIS freestyle World Cup. Action will take place at the Olympic Jumping Complex and Whiteface Mountain. The jumping complex will host the men and women’s aerials competitions, where athletes twist and soar as high as 60 feet in the air before landing, while Whiteface, in Wilmington, N.Y., will be the site of the moguls’ competitions. This is the final World Cup event before several nations, including the United States, select their 2014 Olympic teams.
Jan. 25 – Lake Placid Loppet and Kort Loppet. Nordic skiers will converge on the cross-country ski trails at Mt. van Hoevenberg to compete in the 32nd 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.
The 25k Kort Loppet, also open for classical and freestyle skiers, features a vertical climb of 1,850 feet. The Lake Placid Loppet is part of the American Ski Marathon Series.
March 20-22 – ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship Tournament. The ECAC Hockey championships return for the first time to Lake Placid since 2002. The winner of this tournament receives an automatic bid to play in the NCAA championship tournament. Last season, ECAC schools Yale and Quinnipiac squared off in the national title game, with the Bulldogs coming away with their first national crown. The ECAC Men’s Hockey championship tournament will be played on the famed Herb Brooks Arena 1980 Rink.
Other events this fall and winter include Holiday Festival on Ice Skating Show, Dec. 28; ISI Figure Skating Competition, Jan. 10-11; North American Cup Bobsled and Skeleton, Jan. 5-11; 34thEmpire State Winter Games, Feb. 7-9; U.S. Ski Jumping Competition, Feb. 12; Nor/Am Aerials, Feb. 12-16; Harlem Globetrotters Basketball, Feb. 18; North/Am Biathlon, Feb. 22-23; U.S. College Ski and Snowboard National Championships, March 9-15; FIBT Sliding School, March 17-22; FIBT International Bobsled Racing, March 24-29
For more information on ORDA’s Olympic venues and events, visit www.whitefacelakeplacid.com.
— ORDA —
Established in 1982, the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was created by the State of New York to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid. ORDA operates Whiteface, Belleayre and Gore Mountain ski areas; the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg; the Olympic speedskating oval, Olympic jumping complex and Olympic arena. As host to international and national championships, the Authority has brought millions of athletes, spectator and participants to the region, resulting in significant economic development.