Winter and Summer Sports

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This sections highlights sports venues in the region.  For summer sports click here. Also remember there is Keene Fitness for those bad weather days when you still want some exercise.

Winter Sports

Lake Placid has a full array of Olympic-class winter sports venues and it hosts several world cup events every winter. Virtually all these facilities are open for public use although hours vary. People live here for this experience, access to coaching, etc.

Ski Conditions at Whiteface.

You can find what to do in the area including the Olympic venues and conditions on the Jackrabbit Trail x-country trail extends from Keene all the way to Saranac Lake and Paul Smiths.  Lots of people ski up the Lake Road and back for a nice winter outing. There are many other nearby trails suitable for cross-country skiing at a wide range of difficulty and distances.  Look for guidebooks at The Mountaineer.

Coaching youth with the potential for international competition in all ski sports is available through the New York Ski Education Foundation.   Local coaching for international luge competition (and an adult fantasy camp) luge is available through USA Luge.  Coaches for ALL ages and levels of figure skating can be found at Lake Placid Skating.

There are regularly scheduled bobsled rides and you can try skeleton by yourself on the track at Mt Van Hovenberg.  Opportunities for the public to try luge are less frequent but definitely worth trying – this is my favorite winter activity.  These rides are not for everyone.

NEice & Rock and River are centers of ice climbing and winter mountaineering. The Mountaineer hosts two popular winter sports festivals.  One on winter mountaineering in January and another on backcountry skiing in March.

The ORDA calendar site has all the details about what Olympic facilities are open.  Competition schedules and times when the bobsled/luge track is accessible to the public. Look here for when the speed skating oval open to the public.  What about figure skating? Etc.  Every winter Lake Placid host a variety of World Cup competition at the Olympic facilities and the ORDA site is the best way to find out details, order tickets, etc.

Here in Town, there is public skating behind the Community Center on Church Street in Keene.

The Mt VanHovenberg Center includes cross country skiing, snow tubing and a biathlon range.

The Tobaggan Chute on Mirror Lake in Lake Placid is a wintertime favorite.  It has recently been replaced with a new structure.

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Summer Sports

There is tennis, mountain biking, golf and many of the Olympic venues have a good calendar of summer sports.

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The Keene Valley Country Club has 6 tennis courts and a pool, it is a wonderful place for families with children. It is not expensive and you can join using their website.  There are also a public tennis courts behind the Keene Community Center and there are several more at the school.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Mountain biking is probably the fastest growing sport in the area.  The Van Hovenberg mountain biking trail system is extensive.  There is a brand new area called The Flume Trail System in Wilmington.  The Barkeater Trails Alliance site is the best source of current information and trail updates.  Finally there is downhill mountain biking at Whiteface.

TOWN SUMMER SPORTS LEAGUES

There are town softball and soccer leagues. Call town hall for contact info of the current coordinator 518.576.4444

GOLF

The Craig Wood Golf Course is located across from the Cascade Inn on Rt 73 near Lake Placid and is probably the course closest to Keene.

The Lake Placid Club operates what many think of as the prime, classic, courses in the area.

The Whiteface Club and Resort Golf Course is on Lake Placid

The Westport Country Club is on the lake shore in Westport.

Ausable Club: Keene residents can use the golf course off season (see website for exact dates each season).

THE OLYMPIC VENUES

The Olympic venues are operated by ORDA and offer all sorts of summer activity.

The  Whiteface site has a lot of information.  Saturday night ice shows. Ski jumping shows.  There are tours of the various venues and a museum.  Take a look at the main site and see what is going on.

LAKE PLACID EVENTS

Lake Placid hosts events all year long.  In the summer, the Horse Shows are a big deal hosting shows in late June and early July.  The Iron Man race comes to the region in July and a 1/2 race comes in September.  Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse and then Can Am Rugby follow the Ironman in July and August.