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.Lodging: Best Western Adirondack InnMeals Included: Dinner
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: 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. 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: 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.Lodging: Best Western Adirondack InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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: 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.Lodging: Best Western Adirondack InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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