What does the Lake Placid Legacy mean to you? When you’re an Olympic Mountain, the history runs deep. Midstation Lodge at Whiteface is no exception. It was the center of activity for the 1980 Olympics, as the alpine event athletes sped down the face trails on their way to the finish. Whiteface and Lake Placid still dedicate their facilities to world-class training and events. As host to international and national championships, the Authority has brought millions of athletes and spectators to the regions it serves. ORDA has seen unparalleled assistance and support from both Albany and the State of New York.
“The New York Olympic Regional Development Authority continues to be a primary economic engine for the North Country. It drives employment, tourism, events, sports competitions, and sports training. ORDA’s economic impact on the region is immeasurable.”
-Jim Mckenna President/CEO Roost Lake Placid
Giving back to the legacy is part of our continued support of the community’s dedication to being a world-class destination. The Legacy Lodge is dedicated to the Legacy of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics and our commitment to supporting the future of winter sports. We continue to host the Empire State Winter Games, an annual Olympic-style competition for amateur athletes from New York. This event is one of the most significant state-sponsored winter events in the country. For 2022 we will again be the host of the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association National Championships, leading us into 2023 with the Winter World University Games (WUG). The WUG is the largest winter multi-sport collegiate athletic event in the world. The 11-day international festival and competition combine high-level sport with educational and cultural events, all taking place in Lake Placid and nearby towns.
In our continued commitment to the longevity and legacy of Whiteface, we are working on several improvements and facility upgrades such as:
- Extensive snowmaking upgrades with 14 new 600 horsepower drives that will move 1000 gallons of water a minute!
- Finishing the Legacy Lodge, kitchens, decks, fixtures, and finishes.
- Installing a new high-speed quad as well as upgrades to the Face Lift, Freeway, and continued Gondola improvements.
We are so excited for winter 2021/22. We can’t wait to see you on the slopes!