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
Olympic Regional Development Authority

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.

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.

Olympic Center, Lake Placid, NY
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The Winter Olympics begin this week in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  Lake Placid hosted the 1932 and 1980 winter games and is now a key training site for U.S. athletes. Olympic Regional Development Authority Spokesman Jon Lundin speaks about the athletes from the region and their medal potential.

Belleayre Might Extend Season After Major Snowfall

Mar 16, 2017

The winter storm earlier this week that left feet of snow in some areas of New York has ski enthusiasts eager to hit the slopes. In the Hudson Valley, Belleayre Ski Resort benefited from the massive snowfall.

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.

ORDA's Lundin On Early Snowfall In Lake Placid

Oct 27, 2016
The first snow over the weekend at Whiteface.
ORDA/Whiteface Lake Placid

It's not even Halloween, but residents in New York's North Country were already digging out from the season's first major snowstorm on Thursday. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with Jon Lundin, Public Relations Coordinator the Olympic Regional Development Authority in Lake Placid.

Belleayre Music Festival Returns, With Changes

Apr 4, 2016
Belleayre Music Festival, 2013

After a one-year absence, the Belleayre Music Festival will return this summer. The festival is set for the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, in a new venue, and there are other changes on tap.

The not-for-profit Belleayre Music Festival suspended its event in 2015 after 23 summers. Operations Director Garrett Burris says it was difficult to fundraise after Hurricane Irene in 2011 and there were other factors.

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.

The head of the state-owned Belleayre Mountain Ski Center has been dismissed - that decision by the DEC leaves many questions...  Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports

An official with the state Department of Environmental Conservation says Tony Lanza was fired - and that's all they'll say. Lanza gone from his post he's held for more than a decade at the helm of the Bellayre Ski Center.


This is Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas


Tuesday's state budget deal calls for the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center to be taken over by the Olympic Regional Development Authority, which also operates New York’s Gore Mountain and Whiteface ski areas.

Officials note the shift entails maintaining Belleayre's status as a year-round tourist destination.