There’s plenty of snow in Lake Placid, NY, right now. That makes it much easier for the Ski Jumpers to relentlessly hone their skills. But in case you were worried, they did not take the summer off. Nope, the Whiteface Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex is open year round so these dedicated daredevils can practice every day if they want to. This complex was used during the 1980 Winter Olympics and it’s also where Nordic Combined Olympian Bill Demong trained. Demong is the first American to win Nordic Combined gold, which he won in the 2010 Vancover Winter Olympics.
When we visited Lake Placid last August, we stopped by the Olympic Jumping Complex (free on our Olympic Sites Passport) where the jumpers frequently put on shows. First, they skied down a ramp and jumped into a pool, which was really fun to watch. Then they moved onto the bigger jump: the K-120 meter jump. Spectators can take an elevator up for a closer look (and awesome views of the Adirondack High Peaks), but since we had our toddler with us we decided to just stay at the bottom of the run. So basically not only were we not brave enough to do a ski jump but we weren’t even brave enough to get close to a ski jump! I have a feeling that Ski Jumpers are much, much happier when there’s snow, but we were more pleased by this summertime entertainment.
Comped but Never Compromised: This trip was hosted by ORDA (Olympic Regional Development Authority of New York), but I am free to write whatever I want.