Lake Placid, New York

Essex County


Lake Placid ( " left " english placid ( adj ), "still" ) is a small ski resort in Essex County of the State of New York. Lake Placid in 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games.


Lake Placid had 2000 2.638 inhabitants in the year and is part of North Elba, the original name of the settlement area.

In the area of Lake Placid are two lakes: the eponymous Lake Placid and Mirror Lake. Lake Placid is located in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains. Large parts of this mountainous region were asked in 1892 under nature protection. The Adirondack Park is America's largest nature reserve outside of Alaska and occupies about one-fifth of the area of New York State.


Lake Placid is a year-round resort with a variety of physical activity opportunities. The Olympic facilities are used year-round tourism and the place surrounding Adirondacks offer excellent hiking opportunities. The two lakes and the Ausable River can be used for canoeing.

Tourist season is winter, when all the Olympic facilities can be used:

  • Cross country ski center on Mount Van Hoevenberg
  • Alpine skiing at Whiteface Mountain
  • Ice skating on the 400 - m speed skating track in the city center
  • Bobsled

Here you will find every year since 1999 in July with the Ironman USA a triathlon competition over the long distance (3.86 km swim, 180.2 km cycling, 42.195 km running) instead.

Olympic Winter Games

The Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980 were held here. Along with St. Moritz ( Switzerland ) and Innsbruck ( Austria ) Lake Placid is one of three places that lined up twice the Winter Olympics.

2004 came the film Miracle - The Miracle of Lake Placid in the cinema, one of the major events of the Olympic Games from the perspective of the host nation - winning the gold medal 1980 ice hockey by the U.S. team against the team of the USSR - as its theme.


  • John Brown (1800-1859), abolitionists
  • Melvil Dewey (1851-1931), inventor of the Dewey Decimal Classification in library science
  • Kate Smith (1907-1986), singer
  • Eric Heiden ( b. 1958 ), speed skaters
  • Lana Del Rey ( born 1986 ), singer
  • Andrew Weibrecht (* 1986), skier