This week marks the thirty-three year anniversary of the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic. We feature this month the season’s Whiteface Trail Map and a tentative schedule for the Games. Lake Placid, New York has been the only Eastern North American host of the Winter Olympics with Games in 1932 and 1980. The 1980 Games came less than 4 years after the Montreal 1976 Summer Olympics, less than 2 hours away. There was talk of a Quebec City bid of future Winter Games, however they is some issues regarding a possible location for a Men’s Downhill event as no current location meets the minimum requirements. Some talk mentioned about hosting the event at Whiteface. Here is Ski Mad World take on the issue two years ago (in French): Québec et les Jeux Olympiques
Back in 1979-80 an adult weekend lift ticket cost $12; the ski area also offered lower mountain or single ride tickets as it was more common in the earlier years. No high-speed lifts or top-to-bottom gondola in those days. Mountain trail network is similar with the exception of the development on Lookout mountain, Paron’s Run, an easier trail of the summit, the Slides plus a few wider trails and glades with new lifts, but one thing that remains the same, the mountain had and still has the greatest vertical in the East.
The items below were picked up on my first visit to Lake Placid and at the Montreal Ski Show at Place Bonaventure in the Fall 1979.
Lake Placid Olympic Schedule