Olympic Ski Jump Complex, Lake Placid

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Must see · Lookout · Sports Complex
See how Olympians soar to new heights at Olympic Ski Jump Complex, a year-round training and competition site for many of the country's top athletes. Originally built in 1917, this complex contains the state-of-the-art 90 m (295 ft) and 120 m (393 ft) ski jump towers erected for the 1980 Winter Olympics. Just a short drive from Lake Placid, the complex also features a popular sky deck, offering unobstructed views of the surrounding Adirondack High Peaks. You can watch ski jumpers train and get a bird's-eye view of what they see as they speed down the ramp. Stop by the athletes' preparation room to see how participants warm up before each jump. Plan your Olympic Ski Jump Complex visit and explore what else you can see and do in Lake Placid using our Lake Placid trip builder website.
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  • This was such a novel and unique experience. All of the staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. The gondola ride was lots of fun, and the views from the top were stunning  more »
  • We really knew nothing of ski-jumping and I feel we have a better appreciation for it now. The staff members helping with the gondola loading and unloading provided a substantial amount of...  more »
  • This was such a unique and rare experience. We bought tickets at the booth at the entrance of the complex, then drove over to the gondola ride, and rode it to the base of the ski jump towers where an employee told us all about what goes on and the history of the complex. All of the staff was friendly. There's an observation deck at the base of the towers where the coaches will watch. Then you can take the elevator up the 90 meter tower to the top where they have a TV playing videos from the 1980 Olympics. Then you walk out on the catwalk where the view is incredible. THEN you can climb the stairs up to the observation platform right on the actual ski slope which was just an amazing experience. I highly recommend visiting because it is not often you come across something so significant and rare.
  • A truly one of a kind experience. When you arrive you walk up to a little toll booth to purchase your tickets before you drive down a small hill to the gift shop. Entering through the gift shop they have snack/beverage options. You then walk out and get to take a short but exciting gondola ride up the mountain where you are at a "mid-point" to the top of the ski jump. Here, we enjoyed a nice, quick, briefing on the ski jump and what to do. Take advantage of the observation deck at this mid point. Then walk to the back where you will take an elevator up to the top of the ski jump. There are 2 catwalks on either side of the ski jump (one was closed, but you get the same experience on the other side) which give you insane views. You feel exactly as a skier would before they go down the hill. Definitely good if you're looking for something rare to do in Lake Placid!

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