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The Olympic Experience at Lake Placid

Program Number: 21362RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/2/2014 - 3/7/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lake Placid, New York
Price starting at: $1,175.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Outdoor Adventures, Misc.; Winter Sports; Health & Fitness; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

For those vying for a medal, participating in the Winter Olympic Games takes athletic skill, determination and year after year of practice. But don’t worry if you haven’t made the team yet — now is your chance to compete in several exciting Winter Olympic sports without the rigorous training regimen. Come to Lake Placid, N.Y. — “Winter Sports Capital of the World” — and take part in an action-packed, Olympic-style fantasy experience. Enjoy the thrill of bobsledding and luge, take target practice at the biathlon venue, do a little curling and visit the many Olympic arenas. Along the way, learn from experts in the know about the history of the Olympics in Lake Placid and what it takes to become an Olympian.




Highlights

• Experience a thrilling descent down the skeleton/bobsled run.
• Watch Olympic ski jumpers at the K-120 ski jump and take an elevator to the top for a perspective that will take your breath away.
• Enjoy an expert-led exploration of the ice rink where the 1980 U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team upset the Soviets in the “Miracle on Ice” and where speed skater Eric Heiden won his five gold medals.



Activity Particulars

This active program will involve all aspects of skeleton/luge, bobsledding, the biathlon and curling. Expect standing, bending, sliding and walking.




Date Specific Information

3-2-2014

Experience the thrill of these events during the winter. Skeleton and bobsled will be done on the ice.




Lake Placid (New York)

Known famously as a two-time site of the Winter Olympics and the setting of the 1980 U.S. vs. U.S.S.R. “Miracle on Ice,” this village in northeastern New York remains a haven for winter sports enthusiasts. As a gateway to Adirondack State Park, Lake Placid also serves as a base for climbers hoping to scale any of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks.



Accommodations
Local resort overlooking Mirror Lake.
Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western Adirondack Inn
  Lake Placid, NY 5 nights
 Best Western Adirondack Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: Nestled in the natural beauty of the Adirondack Mountains, the family-owned Best Western Adirondack Inn is perfectly situated on Main Street in Lake Placid, New York—just across the street from the Olympic Center and next to Mirror Lake Beach. For travelers to the Adirondacks and the Best Western Adirondack Inn, this is a truly picturesque setting for a family vacation or romantic weekend escape in upstate New York.
  Contact info: 2625 Main Street
Lake Placid, NY 12946 USA
phone: 518-523-2424
web: www.adirondack-inn.com
  Room amenities: The recently renovated Standard rooms are available with one king-size bed or two queen-size beds. All the amenities found in our Deluxe rooms are also provided for in our Standard rooms. An ADA accessible room and connecting rooms are available in this category. Most of our Standard rooms have an exterior entry accessible, without stairs, and a patio right outside your door complete with deck chairs. Rooms equipped with refrigerator, clock radio, satellite TV, coffeemaker with complimentary coffee and tea, telephone, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, and complimentary, high-speed Internet access.
  Facility amenities: Take a dip in our indoor, heated pool or hot tub; relax in the sauna; or work out those kinks in our fitness center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Upon Request Availability upon request.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Upon Request Availability upon request.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Lobby of Resort You will be staying at Best Western Adirondack Inn that night.
  End of Program:
9:00 AM at our Resort Hotel You will be staying at Best Western Adirondack Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. None
  Parking availability:
No charge for parking at the resort.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lake Placid, NY
  Nearest city or town:  Lake Placid
  Nearest highway: I 87
  Nearest airport:  Albany
  From End of Program
  Location: Lake Placid, NY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

High Peaks/Westport

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Rick's Taxi
phone: 518-523-4741
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50 for one, $5 each additional
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 Hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

Cost is estimated for the 2014 season.

 

High Peaks/Albany

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Adirondack Trailways
phone: 180-022-5681 x5
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15 - $20
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 Hours 

 

Distance:

 

140 miles

   

Check with Adirondack as it is seasonal.

 

Westport/Albany

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Amtrak
phone: 800-USA-RAIL
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 Hours 

 

Distance:

 

109 to Station

   

Once in Westport you will need to catch a shuttle.

 

High Peaks/Public Bus Lake Placid

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Rick's Taxi
phone: 518-523-4741
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$8.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

2 miles

   

Call fro transport from bus to hotel.

 
Driving Directions
  Lake Placid All Locations DRIVING DIRECTIONS From New York City and New Jersey Take the NY State Thruway (I-87) north to the Adirondack Northway (Exit 24 in Albany). Follow 87 to Exit 30. Pick up Rt. 9 north and follow it for two miles to Rt. 73. Continue on 73 for 28 miles to Lake Placid area. Take a left at the traffic light. The hotel is 4/10 mile on the right. From NYC: 5 hrs, Albany: 2 1/2 hrs. From Montreal Take Route 15 south to Champlain Crossing, connecting with I-87 south. Take Exit 34 West, following Route 9N, then follow Route 86 to the Whiteface Mountain/Lake Placid area. After the traffic light, the hotel is 4/10 mile on the right. Drive time: 2 hours. From Ottawa Take routes south to the Cornwall Bridge. Pick up Route 37 east to Malone. Follow Route 30 south to Paul Smiths and pick up Route 86. Follow Route 86 and continue to Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. The hotel is on your left, just past the Post Office. Drive time: 3 hours. From Toronto Take 401 East to Cornwall Bridge. Pick up Route 37 east to Malone. Follow Route 30 south to Paul Smiths and pick up Route 86. Continue on 86 to Saranac Lake and Lake Placid The hotel is on your left, just past the Post Office. Drive Time: 5 1/2 hours. From Boston, Springfield, and Hartford Take Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Albany. Pick up I-787 north to Cohoes. Connect with Route 7 west to I-87 north. Follow I-87 (Northway) to Exit 30, and then use final directions above: "From New York City..." Drive time from Boston: 5 hours. From Points West: Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse Take I-90 (NY State Thruway) east to Exit 36 (Syracuse). Pick up I-81 north and follow to Watertown. Take Route 3 and follow it east to Saranac Lake, then follow Route 86 east to Lake Placid. The hotel is on your left, just past the Post Office. Drive times: From Buffalo: 5 1/2 hours; Rochester: 4 1/2 hours; Syracuse: 3 1/2 hours.
Elevation Note: You may have the opportunity to travel to the top of Whiteface Mountain.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Hotel Check-in, Program Registration, Welcome Dinner, Introductions & Program Orientation, New York Olympic Authority Guest Speaker
(Sunday, March 2)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00 pm PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation this evening.

Please be aware that program activities and times could change due to local circumstances including availability of facilities as well as staff and training schedules that can change on short notice. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

 Dinner: Enjoy a 3-course dinner at a local restaurant that will include a starter, choice of entrée, dessert, and beverage.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: The Program Coordinator will greet you with a warm welcome, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and phone numbers. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Be sure you refer to the suggested packing list for recommended clothing for each event.

PRESENTATION: Hear from a guest speaker representing the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA). Originally created by the State of New York to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid, ORDA today operates the Olympic Center, the Olympic Jumping Complex, and Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid as well as several ski areas. As host to international and national championships, the Authority has brought millions of athletes and spectators to the region.

   
Accommodations: Best Western Adirondack Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lake Placid Olympic Center and Museum, Be a Bi-Athlete, Background on Olympic Training
(Monday, March 3)

Note: Depending on weather conditions, walking outdoors may be on snowshoes. Extensive walking in the Olympic Center.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at our hotel offers a tasty selection of hot and cold items, cereal, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Lake Placid Olympic Center. Led by an expert, we will explore this complex where “miracles are made.” It was here in 1932 that 16-year-old figure skater Sonja Henie charmed the world and won an Olympic gold medal. Out front is the Speed Skating Oval where in 1932 local Olympian Jack Shea and teammate Irving Jaffee each won two gold medals. In 1980, the U.S. men's hockey team toppled the Soviet Union on its way to winning the gold and Eric Heiden won five gold medals.

We will then explore the only Olympic museum in North America that interprets the stories of thes two Olympic Winter Games. The extensive collection features items that display Lake Placid's rich sports history from 1895 to the present, including never-released historical footage.

 Lunch: Lunch will be at the Olympic Center cafeteria on the upper level overlooking the Speed Skating Oval.
 Afternoon: HANDS-ON LEARNING: Biathlon. Learn what it takes to be a Bi-Athlete with Olympic Center staff. This event began more than a century ago as a training exercise combining cross-country skiing and riflery for Norwegian soldiers. We can't ski the trails without snow, but our instructors will get your heart racing as you simulate the rush Bi-Athletes feel as they try to line up a target. (Snowshoeing may be an option) Then, following a demonstration and under expert supervision, you can step up to the range, take aim, and fire a real, competition-style .22 caliber rifle at the same targets used by Olympians. (Anyone uncomfortable firing a gun may choose to return to the Olympic Museum instead or relax.) We will return to the hotel for some “down” time before dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at a Lake Placid restaurant with choice of entrée.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Hear from ORDA staff about the rigorous training Olympians go through and the challenges they face, physical and mental.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Adirondack Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Olympic Jumping Center, Bobsled Experience, "Miracle on Ice"
(Tuesday, March 4)

Note: Olympic Jumping Complex field trip involves taking a chairlift and elevator to the top of the 120-meter jump. Bobsled experience is brief but intense.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at our hotel offers a tasty selection of hot and cold items, cereal, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Olympic Jumping Complex. Our expert guide will provide background information and commentary before you take the chairlift to the ski jump base, hop in the glassed-in elevator, and ride to the top of the 120-meter jump for gorgeous views in every direction. Look down a launch ramp just like the Olympians and you will see first-hand that it appears much longer and much steeper in person than on TV. Depending on training schedules, you may see ski jumpers take flight before your eyes, speeding down jumps surfaced for the season in half-cut porcelain marbles and plastic shingles slicked by a coat of water. Our visit to the jumping complex includes access to the freestyle training facilities for some of the most daring athletes around.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch with choice of sandwiches plus fruit, cookie, and drink.
 Afternoon: HANDS ON LEARNING: Bobsled Experience. For the brave of heart, learn how it feels to hurtle down a giant tube of ice in a tiny rocketship. We’ll have a background talk on safety and what to expect, then — with a professional driver and brakeman and wearing helmets — board bobsleds beginning at the half-mile point on the same track used by Olympic racers to wind through turns known by racers the world over: Shady, Labyrinth, and The Heart. You'll feel the rumble of the sled’s blades passing over the iced surface as your bobsled slides through one turn, banks high on the next one, and picks up speed on the straightaway going faster than you're allowed to drive a car through town. The ride is less than a minute, but it’s sure to get your heart racing as you contemplate what Olympic bobsledders go through.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at a Lake Placid restaurant with choice of entrée.
 Evening: MOVIE NIGHT: It's been a busy, exciting day. Sit back and relax as we watch “Miracle on Ice” (1981). This fact-based film tells the story of the U.S. men’s hockey team that won the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics, defeating the heavily favored Soviet team. It incorporates actual game footage and commentary from the 1980 Winter Games.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Adirondack Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Skeleton Experience, Free Afternoon, Dinner On Your Own, Free Evening
(Wednesday, March 5)

Note: Skeleton experience is intense.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at our hotel offers a tasty selection of hot and cold items, cereal, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: HANDS ON LEARNING: Skeleton. Rather than feet first, as in bobsledding, Skeleton involves a one-person sled with the driver facing head-first down an ice track. Olympic Skeleton events consist of four runs over two days to determine the fastest time. Skeleton was an Olympic event in 1928 and 1948 at its traditional home of St. Moritz, and has been added back to the Winter Olympics schedule. After a how-to and safety demonstration, don a helmet and take the handles of the sled for a run down the track. Your childhood sled on overdrive!
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch with choice of sandwiches plus fruit, cookie, and drink before your free afternoon and evening.
 Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Take the afternoon to explore on your own in the village of Lake Placid or farther afield to experience the beauty and nature of the Adirondacks. Whether you’re looking for recreational activities or historical attractions, your group leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening to enjoy the dining options of your choice.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: Continue your personal independent exploration or just kick back with new Road Scholar friends.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Adirondack Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Curling Experience, Ice Center Hockey or Skating Experience, Gondola Ride
(Thursday, March 6)

Note: Curling and hockey take place outdoors on ice. Temperatures at summit of Little Whiteface on the gondola ride are cooler than at the base of the mountain.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at our hotel offers a tasty selection of hot and cold items, cereal, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: HANDS-ON LEARNING: Curling. We travel to the Lake Placid Ice Center to meet instructors who will explain the history of curling, a sport similar to shuffleboard that began centuries ago on the frozen lakes of Scotland. Curlers slide stones across a sheet of ice towards a target and use brooms to alter the state of the ice in front of the stone. After play with the staff, you can head out on the ice to try your skills.

HANDS-ON LEARNING: Hockey. While on the ice, we will have an introduction to ice hockey, followed by an opportunity to pick up a stick and take a few shots. See if you can score a goal!

 Lunch: Lunch is out a local restaurant or in the Olympic Center.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Cloudsplitter Gondola Ride. Weather permitting, the 8-person gondola will take you from the Main Base Lodge to the top of Little Whiteface Mountain (elevation 3,678 ft.). Soaring over streams, steep rock faces, and thick forests, you can appreciate the magnificent beauty of the Adirondacks. On a clear day from the observation tower at the top, you can see Lake Placid, the village, Lake Champlain, and the tallest peaks in the state.
 Dinner: Enjoy a jovial farewell dinner at a popular restaurant.
 Evening: As we linger after dinner, applaud the champions in our very own Road Scholar "Medal" Ceremony.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Adirondack Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap-up Session with ORDA Staff, Program Concludes
(Friday, March 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at our hotel offers a tasty selection of hot and cold items, cereal, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: WRAP-UP: Hear a final talk by a member of the ORDA staff on the future of the Olympic Center. The program concludes with this session.

Hotel check-out is by 11:00am.

We trust you have enjoyed this exciting new program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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