Lake Placid

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Lake Placid
Lake Placid, after which the place was named
The Lake Placid , after which the place is named
Location in New York
Lake Placid (New York)
Lake Placid
Lake Placid
Basic data
State : United States
State : new York
County : Essex County
Coordinates : 44 ° 17 ′  N , 73 ° 59 ′  W Coordinates: 44 ° 17 ′  N , 73 ° 59 ′  W
Time zone : Eastern ( UTC − 5 / −4 )
Residents : 2,521 (as of 2010)
Population density : 720.3 inhabitants per km 2
Area : 4.0 km 2  (approx. 2 mi 2 ) of
which 3.5 km 2  (approx. 1 mi 2 ) is land
Height : 577 m
Postal code : 12946
Area code : +1 518
FIPS : 36-40761
GNIS ID : 2390927
Website :
Whiteface Mountain Ski Area.jpg
The Whiteface Mountain Ski Area - site of two Winter Olympics - in summer. Whiteface is in neighboring Wilmington, NY.

Lake Placid ( English placid ( adj. ) "Calm", "quiet") is a small winter sports resort in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County , New York . Lake Placid hosted the Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980 .


Lake Placid had 2,521 inhabitants in 2010 and is part of North Elba , the original name of the settlement area.

There are two lakes in the Lake Placid area: Lake Placid and Mirror Lake . Lake Placid is located in the high peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains . Large parts of this mountain region were placed under nature protection as early as 1892 . The Adirondack Park is the largest nature reserve in the United States 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 sports activities. The Olympic facilities are used for tourism all year round and the Adirondack Mountains surrounding the town offer excellent hiking opportunities. The two lakes and the Ausable River can be used for canoeing.

The main tourist season is winter when all Olympic facilities can be used:

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

Since 1999, Ironman USA has been a long-distance triathlon competition (3.86 km swimming, 180.2 km cycling, 42.195 km running).

winter Olympics

The 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics were held here. Together with St. Moritz in Switzerland and Innsbruck in Austria , Lake Placid is one of three locations that hosted the Winter Olympics twice.

In 2004, the film Miracle was released , which has one of the major events of the Olympic Games from the perspective of the host nation - the win of the 1980 gold medal in ice hockey by the US team against the USSR team .


Web links

Commons : Lake Placid  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Population according to the American FactFinder, accessed October 29, 2014
  2. Information about Adirondack Park, accessed on October 29, 2014
  3. Information about the Olympic Games on the homepage of the state of New York, English, accessed on October 29, 2014