Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg
- Type: Sightseeing, Skiing, Sports
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Located just 15 minutes south of downtown Lake Placid, the Olympic Sports Complex on Mount Van Hoevenberg is worth the visit. The training facility is a dream for winter sports fans, with more than 30 miles of cross-country ski trails open to the public. There's also the biathlon shooting range and a combined bobsled-skeleton-luge track that can both be experienced for a fee.
The cross-country skiing and snowshoeing passes are a manageable $20 a day for adults. But the experience packages (biathlete lessons at $55 a session and the bobsled sessions at $79 per run) are expensive for such short activities. One TripAdvisor user notes: "We bought a souvenir frame, but the picture was too small! I would recommend to the bobsled people to lower the cost and get rid of all the extra fluff! It's not needed. And if possible, get a high speed camera for the photo, not some random photo that we can take ourselves!"
The experience packages are only available in the winter season; the complex is open year-round for training and tours. Check the website for more details.