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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Winter in Lake Placid


5. An Oddball Day
Lake Placid invariably conjures up flag-draped images of Olympic glory. To truly feel the power of 1980, though, you've got to do more than gaze at an empty stadium. Start the day at lightning speed with a luge-rocket ride at the Verizon Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg (518-523-4436). Then, if you really want to learn to ride the impossibly tiny sled like an Olympian, attend USA Luge's Lake Placid Fantasy Camp. Can't pick a sport? Listen for the gunfire and you'll find the "Be a Biathelete" shooting center where you can aim a .22 at the same targets used by World Cup competitors. Then make like Bode Miller and stop by the Cottage for a midday brew overlooking Mirror Lake. At this point in the day, you may be questioning your Olympic commitment. Just surrender and take the bronze. Recover across the street at the spa at the Mirror Lake Inn, which even sports a "Gentlemen's Corner" where manly men can enjoy an "extreme climate facial."

Published on Nov 1, 2006 as a web exclusive.

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