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Lake Placid Speed Skating Oval (file)
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The Olympic Regional Development Authority has approved significant improvements to the speed skating oval and the snowmaking system at Whiteface Mountain in northern New York.

Olympic Center exterior concept rendering
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The Olympic Regional Development Authority Board of Directors has approved initial steps to upgrade both the Olympic Center and the adjacent speed skating oval in Lake Placid.

90 meter ramp at the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex
ORDA/Whiteface Lake Placid

The Olympic Regional Development Authority is beginning renovation of several of its Olympic sites after a $70 million appropriation for capital improvements was approved in the new New York state budget.

Lake Placid is grieving the sudden loss of a prominent member of the community.  WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has this remembrance of Denny Allen.

Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer rang the New York Stock Exchange opening bell Thursday 2/22/18
New York Stock Exchange

The closing ceremonies of the 2018 winter Olympics are Sunday and the athletes will return home with medals and memories. Communities in our region are planning to celebrate the local athletes who competed in a number of sports.

Petition Calls For Funding For Belleayre Ski Center

Feb 9, 2017
Courtesy of Belleayre Mountain

Snow is accumulating on Belleayre Mountain in the Catskills, but a group of  the ski center’s supporters wants to see funding pile up as well.

1980 scoreboard in Herb Brooks arena
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An iconic symbol of the 1980 Winter Olympics was decommissioned this morning in Lake Placid.
The scoreboard in the Herb Brooks Arena, where the U.S. beat the Soviet Union in the Miracle on Ice hockey game, was lowered from the rafters to be replaced.

Snowgun at Whiteface Mountain
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Thanksgiving holiday is traditionally the opening weekend for most major ski areas across the region.  Excitement peaked this week as multiple inches of natural snow fell, adding to the base of manmade snow already on the slopes.  Snowmaking operations can be crucial throughout the season. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at Whiteface Mountain this week to see what it takes to keep the mountain white.

Olympic Regional Development Authority

Later this month, Lake Placid will be the site of an 11-hour, multi-performer bluegrass festival. It’s the first time that Lake Placid, which has hosted two Olympics, has showcased performers in that style of music.

Olympic Regional Development Authority

The first snow of the season has fallen in the Adirondacks, where Whiteface Mountain has received a dusting.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The New York State comptroller has issued an audit strongly critical of the Olympic Regional Development Authority’s financial practices.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

A state audit has found that the public entity operating former Olympic venues in Lake Placid continues to face significant cash flow problems and has had to borrow money to make payroll.

Joseph Spector - Politics on the Hudson

ALBANY – Saying “financial issues persist,” State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Wednesday that his office will conduct a full financial audit of the Olympic Regional Development Authority, especially in light of the agency taking over the Catskills-based Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.

DiNapoli said his office will examine selected financial management practices related to payroll, procurement and other areas.