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Get Every Drop Of Summer In At Whiteface

Whiteface-sign Adirondack views from the peak of Whiteface. (Whiteface)

New York's Whiteface may be a little biased when it comes to their favorite season (WINTER...of course), but this summer has been top notch too.

Believe it or not, there are less than 100 days out from their first day of snowmaking for the season, so for all you warm-weather lovers, it’s time to take in the last few weeks of summer fun at Whiteface and the Lake Placid Olympic Sites.

Summer thrills on the tubing hill. (Whiteface)

Where else but Lake Placid would anyone dream up extreme tubing at the Olympic jumping complex? Hop a tube and hold on for the ride as you rocket down the 90-meter ski jump landing hill with speeds approaching 50 mph. Open through August 19. 

Go faster than you're allowed to drive a car through town on Whiteface's bobsled. (Whiteface)

If you've ever wondered what it feels like to be an Olympic slider, Lake Placid bobsled is the place to start. Led by a professional driver and brakeman, you'll begin at the half-mile point on the track and wind through Olympic turns known by sliders around the world. Feel the rumble of the sled thundering down the track, speed through one turn, bank high on the next one, and pick up speed on the straightaway. Open through September 3.

Nowhere else is the beauty and vastness of the Adirondack Park so apparent and so easily accessible. (Whiteface)

The Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway, stretching eight miles from Wilmington to the summit, allows visitors to drive to the top of New York State's fifth-highest peak. Once at the summit, enjoy views of the Adirondack High Peaks and visit a castle made of native stone. Open through October 8.

The Olympic Jumping Complex, home to the 90-meter and 120-meter ski jump towers and the freestyle aerial training facility,  is open for chairlift and elevator tours through October. The complex offers a 26-story elevator ride to the sky deck atop the 120-meter tower for spectacular views of the Adirondacks. As you tour the venue, check out the high-flying athletes training for their chance at Olympic greatness.

The Cloudsplitter Gondola is free with the Olympic Sites Passport. (Whiteface)

The eight-passenger Cloudsplitter Gondola carries you from the Main Base Lodge to the top of Little Whiteface in fifteen minutes. At the top, an observation deck and picnic area await, as well as some of the best views of Lake Placid and the Adirondack High Peaks. Open daily through September 3 then Friday - Sunday through October 8.

Visitors can enjoy many of these activities for one price, when purchasing the single use Olympic Sites Passport, for $40 or the unlimited access, Gold Pass, for $89.

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