Southeast of Lake Placid, the Mt. VanHovenberg Olympic Nordic Center has an exceptional 50km cross country ski trail network. The trails are groomed daily for skate and classical skiing. These are the trails that were created for use during the 1980 Winter Olympics.
To reach the Olympic Sports Complex from Lake Placid, head east on SR73 for about 7 miles. The entrance to the complex is on the right. Continue south on the access road for about 1 mile. The nordic center is accessible on the left at the far back side of a large parking area.
To reach the Olympic Sports Complex from Albany, head north on US87 to Exit #30. Head west on SR9 to SR73. Continue west on SR73 for about 23 miles.
Overall, Mt. VanHovenberg Olympic Nordic Center is the 2nd most popular cross country ski area of all 61 Nordic ski destinations in New York.