Lake Placid Sliding Center

Home of Bobsled, Luge, and Skeleton Training

The fastest Olympic winter sports happen on this ribbon of concrete, steel and ice that zigs-zags down the face of Mt. Van Hoevenberg. It's on this track that the world's best bobsled, luge and skeleton racers slide, and it's here that you can see and feel what it's like to rocket down a mountain.

The track is nearly a mile long, making 20 turns while dropping more than 400 feet and at competition speeds exerts more than five times the force of gravity on the racers. (Space shuttle astronauts, for comparison, endure just 3-Gs at launch.) It's a demanding and exhilarating course that has become a regular stop on the World Cup circuit and site of the 2012 Bobsled & Skeleton World Championships

Experience a Bobsled, Luge, and Skeleton Race

Come out to see a race. Stand alongside the track with packs of cheering fans and feel the rumble of a bobsled as it banks a turn. Follow a skeleton racer sliding at Autobahn speeds and realize his chin is just three inches off the ice. Or marvel at the silent speed of a luge athlete racing by at over 90 miles per hour.

Lake Placid Bobsled and Skeleton Experience

Try the Lake Placid bobsled experience with our professional drivers and brakemen or go it alone with the Lake Placid skeleton experience and slide into Olympic tradition.

International Sliding Sports Exhibit

Set within this world class facility the exhibit strives to educate current and future athletes about the history and development of their sports while offering the public an inspiring story that merges the past, present and future.  Hike the path around the track with a historical brochure for an uderstanding of the changing nature of the sport.

Watch the USA Luge Live Track Cam!

Summer at the Olympic Sliding Center

When the snow melts and the ice comes off the track the sleds change out their steel runners for wheels and the action moves to the 1932/1980 Olympic track.  If you are not up for a ride down this historic track, hop on the bus for a tour of the facility and walk down the combined track to experience it from the athletes perspective.  You can also explore the sliding center on foot with a walk through the International Sliding Sports Museum.

Winter at the Olympic Sliding Center

The new combine track typically holds ice from October to May and is host numerous traingin events and international competitions throughout the winter months.   On most days most days you can catch a glimpse of Bobsled, Luge or Skeleton athletes speeding through the curves at 70+ miles per hour.  You can also explore the sliding center on foot with a walk through the International Sliding Sports Museum.