Whiteface Open & Lake Placid Offer Action-Packed Holidays

LAKE PLACID, NY (December 21, 2015) - Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain are banding together to offer holiday seekers an exciting mix of on-mountain and downtown Lake Placid entertainment options throughout the holiday season. Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, home of the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies, is offering a BOGO deal for every full price lift ticket purchase from December 21 through January 2. Purchase a full day or multi-day lift ticket at the Whiteface ticket window, online at www.Whiteface.com, through a lodging property, or with a Frequent Skier Card, and receive a one-day non-holiday lift ticket voucher valid from January 4, 2016 through the end of the season.

"Whether it is a thrilling bobsled ride, skating outdoors on the famed Olympic Skating Oval, enjoying indoor skating in the 1932 Arena, or attending a glorious ice show with world-renowned performers, Lake Placid continues to provide amazing activities that repeatedly earn us the title of #1 for off-slope activities," stated New York State Olympic Regional development Authority (ORDA) President and CEO Ted Blazer.

In spite of prevailing weather conditions, Lake Placid, the place to "Invent your own perfect day" is proving that it doesn't need to snow for visitors to enjoy the attractions, amenities and family-friendly entertainment options available throughout the Adirondack alpine village.

"In addition to events and attractions, our alpine village is pedestrian-friendly and walkable, with shopping and dining opportunities from books to Dale of Norway sweaters and brewpubs to fine dining," said James McKenna, president of the Lake Placid-based Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. "Lake Placid is uniquely positioned to provide an exceptional, weatherproof experience any time of year!"

From Dec. 26- Jan. 2, visitors will enjoy daily entertainment and interactive family fun downtown and at Mid's Park on Main Street. Festivities located downtown will include the exciting air bag jump, music, bonfires, an obstacle course and interactive family games. Mid's Park will be action-packed with a diverse schedule of family fun from 3-5 p.m. daily, including live music, ice carving demonstrations, hot chocolate, relay races and more.

The Olympic Center and adjacent Conference Center at Lake Placid will host a variety of activities and events. Tickets are still available for the Ekaterina Gordeeva "From the Heart" Tribute Ice Show on Wednesday, Dec. 30. Indoor skating for the public will be available several times daily, and special evening sessions will be available for curling in the 1932 Rink. Plus, an increased schedule of guided, informative Olympic Center tours are on tap, and Lake Placid's robust winter sports history is on display at the must-see Olympic Museum.

Wellness opportunities abound all week. Several locations throughout the community offer yoga classes and a full schedule of Zumba, turbo kick and PiYo will be held Monday-Thursday and Saturday morning at the Conference Center at Lake Placid.

Run the last race of the year AND the first race of the year in a town known for sports and fitness! Runners and walkers of all abilities are invited to join in on a 5k running race around Mirror Lake on December 31 and one the following day on January 1.

In addition to skiing and riding all winter, Whiteface Mountain will host nighttime skiing and bonfires, free hot cocoa and s'mores, DJ, games, prizes and giveaways and the Cloudspin Bar and Grill will be open on Dec. 27 and Jan. 1 from 5-9 p.m. On Jan. 3, New York-produced food and drink will be highlighted at the new TasteNY venue in the lodge. Attendees who bring groceries to donate to the food pantry will be rewarded with 50 percent off Whiteface lift tickets.
A list of self-guided hikes for families and daily scheduled guided hikes will be available, and include a guided hike at the Olympic Sports Complex, where visitors can also try out the thrilling bobsled experience.

The area offers a long list of attractions and historic sites to explore, from art galleries to scenic flights and the Wild Center to the Wildlife Refuge. And of course, all are welcome to explore the region's eclectic list of businesses, offering fantastic shopping, dining, activities, events and live music experiences, too.

Additional outdoor activities will be added as they become available. For more information and the latest updates for the festive holiday week in Lake Placid, sample itineraries and complete events listings can be found online at www.lakeplacid.com/holidays.


Invent your own perfect Holiday in Lake Placid Special Events Highlights:
• Dec. 30: Ekaterina Gordeeva "From the Heart" Tribute Ice Show
• Dec. 26- Jan. 2: Daily:
o Family fun and entertainment at Mid's Park from 3-5 p.m.
o Guided and self-guided hikes (schedule online)
o Air bag jump and interactive family games located downtown
o Public skating in the 1932 Rink, and more!

Rebecca Steffan
(518) 523-9258