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The Olympic Experience at Lake Placid

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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
You may have the opportunity to travel to the top of Whiteface Mountain.

Itinerary for Jun 15 — Jun 20, 2014

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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 policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Upon Request
Availability upon request.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 15 - Arrival & Hotel Check-in, Program Registration, W...
Arrival & Hotel Check-in, Program Registration, Welcome Dinner, Introductions & Program Orientation, New York Olympic Authority Guest Speaker

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: 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.

Lodging: Best Western Adirondack Inn

Meals Included: Dinner

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 policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Upon Request
Availability upon request.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 16 - Lake Placid Olympic Center and Museum, Be a Bi-At...
Lake Placid Olympic Center and Museum, Be a Bi-Athlete, Background on Olympic Training

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: 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 Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Upon Request
Availability upon request.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 17 - Olympic Jumping Center, Bobsled Experience, "Mira...
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: 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 bobsled run 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 on the same track used by Olympic racers to wind through turns known by racers the world over: You'll feel the rumble of the sled traveling 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: Dinner will be served at one of the areas fine restaurants where you will have 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.

Lodging: Best Western Adirondack Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Upon Request
Availability upon request.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 18 - Skeleton Experience, Free Afternoon, Dinner On Yo...
Note: Skeleton experience is intense.

Breakfast: BREAKFAST: Breakfast at our hotel offers a tasty selection of hot and cold items, cereal, juice, coffee and tea.

Morning: HANDS ON LEARNING: Wheeled Luge If winter sledding is your favorite activity then this is the program for you. Join our expert staff, including current sliding sports athletes, for a clinic on the ins and outs of Luge. Race down our paved track on a specially modified luge sled and test your speed against friends and family. You never know when you will be recruited for the team as part of the USA Luge selection process

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: 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.

Lodging: Best Western Adirondack Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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 policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Upon Request
Availability upon request.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 19 - Curling Experience, Ice Center Hockey or Skating ...
Curling Experience, Ice Center Hockey or Skating Experience, Gondola Ride

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: BREAFAST: 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: 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 Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, June 20 - Wrap-up Session with ORDA Staff, Program Conclude...
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


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Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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