One of only three destina- tions in the world to host he Olympic Games twice, the alpine village of Lake Placid sits right in the heart of Adirondack Park, surrounded by 6 million acres of pristine and
protected land, all state-owned.
Even though its conference center has
only existed since 2011, Lake Placid boasts
a long history of large-scale international
events, from the Olympics to Ironman, from
Lacrosse to marathons and horse shows. The
“Miracle on Ice,” in which the USA Olympic
hockey team defeated the Soviet Union in
1980, is only one of many historical
moments to leverage.
While the village may not
be a fly-in destination,
it attracts groups that
want that quintessen-
tial Lake Placid ex-
history and authen-
ticity. For example, the Conference Center
at Lake Placid sits right in the middle of the
village and right across the street from Mirror
Lake. The design of the conference center—all
windows—makes it irresistible to groups.
“You look out onto the Adirondack peak
and the Olympic venues,” says Mary Jane Lawrence, director of sales and marketing with the
Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. “So
people love meeting in this conference center.
It’s not in a box. We don’t have attached hotel
rooms, so people walk out into the village and
onto the main street.”
And that main street is actually called Main
Street, exemplifying what a village artery
should look like: cobblestones, dozens of
shops, a standalone theater, statuesque peaks
and countless excursions into the wild scenery
beyond. Olympic venues remain modern,
viable sites for activities, rich with narrative;
so much so that Lake Placid even stages moti-
vational events based on its Olympic history.
Since Lake Placid is not situated immediately close to an airport, many groups assume
attendance will be down, but attendees often
arrive early and stay late, families in tow, all
because of Lake Placid and its historical narrative, its scenery and its worldly appeal.
REGIONAL OFFICE OF SUSTAINABLE
TOURISM/LAKE PLACID CVB
BY GARY SINGH
LAKE PLACID, NY
During winter, Lake Placid’s Regional
Office of Sustainable Tourism (www.
roostadk.com) orchestrates a wide
variety of ideas to foster teambuilding
and overall camaraderie.
A great activity
will furnish groups
with a chance to
learn the game,
throw stones and
sweep to their
Gold Medal Games
This a la carte program, from an
afternoon to a series of days, fuses
business meetings with Games activities, venue access, coaching, sports
equipment, videotaping, printed
results and awards ceremonies with
Olympic Ski Jumping
Groups can get a behind-the-scenes tour of the
entire ski jumping facility
and even have a barbecue
afterward; plus, they can
watch skiers jump right
before their eyes.
Winter Olympic Challenge
Multiple-day stays or even
just an afternoon can be
arranged utilizing Olympic
venues for a wide variety
of corporate teambuilding
events. Infuse your event
with “opening ceremonies” or shoot pucks in the same
arena as the Miracle on Ice.
Getting there: Airports:
Olympic ski jumping