Planning for the Future in the Olympic Region

Posted by | April 13, 2018 | News | No Comments

Olympic Facilities to Get Needed Upgrades, Athletes and Public to Benefit

Is 40 too young for a face lift? Not if you have spent those 40 years outdoors in Adirondack Mountain winters. New York State’s recently approved budget for the next fiscal year includes an allocation of over 60 million dollars to upgrade the Olympic facilities that put the Lake Placid region on the international stage in 1980. The upgrades will improve the attractiveness of the venues operated by the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) to the recreating public, training US Olympic hopefuls, and international competitors alike. The LA Group is proud to be a part of the future planning and rejuvenation of these iconic destinations.

The LA Group has enjoyed a working relationship with ORDA for nearly 40 years. The firm’s work at the Olympic Venues began prior to the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid with the planning, design and permitting of primary and ancillary facilities that would host and support Olympic events and other supporting functions. Since this time, The LA Group has continued to support ORDA providing Landscape Architectural, Civil Engineering and Environmental Permitting services at their venues.

Currently, The LA Group is the lead consultant for Master Planning, Design and Permitting at the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex, Whiteface Mountain and Gore Mountain. This work is part of Unit Management Plan updates for each venue, which is essentially a detailed inventory of existing facilities, a 5-year master plan for improvements and a detailed assessment of potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures.

The International University Sports Federation announced on March 6th, 2018, that the 2023 Winter World University Games will be held in Lake Placid, NY.

Improvements currently underway include the following:

Whiteface Mountain:

  • new beginner ski trails and lifts
  • new intermediate ski trails and lifts
  • plans for increasing snowmaking capacity
  • additional parking
  • improved vehicular and pedestrian circulation

Gore Mountain:

  • new beginner ski trails and lifts
  • new intermediate ski trails and lifts
  • increased snowmaking capacity
  • dedicated shuttle bus circulation
  • new alpine coaster
  • high ropes course
  • summer tubing hill (at North Creek Ski Bowl)

Ski Jumping Complex:

  • new 70 meter ski jump
  • replacement of the 20 meter and 50 meter ski jumps
  • installation of state-of-the-art “freeze rail” systems in the 90 and 120 meter ski jumps
  • regrading ski jump landing hills to meet new International Ski Federation (FIS) standards
  • expanded biathlon training
  • new summer and winter tubing hill
  • new chairlift and maintenance development
  • site-wide lighting improvements
  • improved stormwater management facilities

Mount Van Hoevenberg:

  • new 5km of FIS homologated ski trails with snowmaking and lighting
  • new biathlon stadium area
  • new sliding sports start training building
  • new base area welcome lodge
  • combined bobsled and luge track support building
  • access and utility improvements
  • new alpine coaster ride following the route of the historical 1932/1980 bobsled track
  • overall parking
  • vehicular circulation and pedestrian circulation
  • utilities improvements

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