Published on: June 19, 2023

Lake Placid activities combine Olympic legacy and spectacular scenery

Lake Placid – If you’re planning a trip to Lake Placid this summer, we suggest teaming up the village’s Olympic experiences with the unparalleled scenery of the Adirondacks.

If this sounds inviting, you might consider purchasing the Lake Placid Legacy Sites Passport. It’s the easiest and most economical way to visit each of these Upstate New York venues that were used in the 1980 Winter Olympics. You’ll definitely get the Olympic vibe and even have the chance to experience several of the sports that you’ve seen on television during the Winter Games.

As many U.S. competitors use Lake Placid as their summer training hub, there’s a good chance that some of them will be training during your visit as they prepare for their respective 2023-2024 winter seasons.

In addition – and at no additional cost – visiting the legacy sites in and around Lake Placid will bring you scenic views that are as awe-inspiring as the venues themselves. For instance, the passport will enable you to drive to the summit of the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway. The views from the top of the state’s fifth highest peak are as spectacular as they are from the summit of Little Whiteface Mountain. You can access this perch from the Cloudsplitter Gondola at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center.

Whiteface Mt highway
Visitors can drive to the summit of the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway

At the Olympic Jumping Complex on Rt. 73, you’ll get that combination of sporting action and scenic views. Take the SkyRide Gondola alongside the landing hills of the ski jumps and you could see one of the nation’s high flyers soaring past you in the opposite direction. From there, hop inside a 26-floor, glass-enclosed elevator ride to the top of the Hill Size 128 ski jump tower. On a clear day up there, you can see forever!

For the complete rundown on the benefits of the passport, please log on to: You’ll notice that among the side bennies are retail and concession discounts.

The passports go on sale June 21 and can be purchased online. Print your ticket at home and present it at any of the legacy sites wherever you decide to start your “tour”. You’ll receive an actual passport with lanyard and collectible stickers. The passport is good through Oct. 9, with one visit per venue.

We hope you’ll take advantage of the passport and wish you safe travels to Lake Placid.

(Lake Placid Legacy Sites photos)