How Ski Jumpers Train in the Summer: Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex

 Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex in the summerThere’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.

The K-120 meter jump at the Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex -- in the summer

The K-120 meter jump at the Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex — in the summer

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.

7 Responses to How Ski Jumpers Train in the Summer: Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex

  1. wanderingeducators
    Twitter: WanderingEds
    December 13, 2013 at 2:06 am #

    oh how cool is this? it freaks me out every time i see them!!!
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  2. Mary @ Green Global Travel
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    December 13, 2013 at 2:32 am #

    Wow, I had no idea this place existed. Watching in the summer is a great way to cheer on your favorite ski jumper without a wind chill.
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  3. Savi of Bruised Passports December 13, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    How cool. We saw the exact same thing at the Olympic stadium in Bavaria last summer :-)
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  4. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas
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    December 14, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    My sister used to train in Lake Placid in the summer (she was a figure skater) and always spoke about watching the skiers train. I’d still never do it!
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  5. Corinne December 17, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    I would love to watch them training for awhile. Too cool!
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  6. Adelina @ PackMeTo December 19, 2013 at 12:43 am #

    That would be pretty cool to see! What do they land on off of the bigger jumps? Is it still water?
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    • Liz Borod Wright
      December 22, 2013 at 3:05 am #

      For the bigger jump, the skiers land on a mat on the grass… They keep skiing on the mat after the jump, kind of like how a plane decelerates on the landing strip. That would have been cool if it was a giant pool again though :)

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