2014 Lake Placid Skate Camp Review
2013 Lake Placid Skate Camp Review
Lake Placid Adult Skate Camp 2012
A Lesson with Todd Gilles
Part 1 The Lay of the land
Part 2 Getting Started
Part 3 Facilities
Updated for 2016. So here are some notes about stuff that people may find useful.
How to work the locker combinations.
If you went to high school in the US you know how to work the combination on the lockers, but there were a number of non-US students who didn't. Here's how you open your locker. The office will give you a combination of 3 numbers and a locker assignment. To open the locker turn the lock to the right so it goes past the first number twice and stop on the first number the next time. Turn the lock to the left so it passes the second number once and stop on the second number the next time. Turn the lock to the right and stop on the third number. Open the lock by lifting up on the handle.
Lake Placid does not change the combinations, so if you want real security, bring a padlock.
Get a slap watch (still true for 2016)
The rinks have tiny little clocks in them and don't run the big scoreboard clocks day to day. I found a slap watch was useful. I just bought a cheap one and slapped it on over the arm of my jacket when I was skating. Off ice I just wore the watch normally. The slap feature was really nice, as it would go over jackets, gloves and wrist guards. (Update)
Bring all the figure skating gear you need,
Figure skating is only big in Lake Placid for a few months a year. There's a skating shop across the street from the rink (it's a nice shop if you're looking for adult skating clothes, I've had some good finds) but its skating gear like bunga sleeves, or soakers, or blade guards is whatever they have in stock.
By 2016 people had gone back to paper. Maybe people dropped their phones on the ice?
If you don't have one now, it's really good to have a smart phone when you're in LP.
A Towel in the Skate Bag is a good idea
I was skating 5 hours a day and was having a hard time keeping my boots dry. Then I saw a couple of the skaters set their boots on a towel under the benches to let them air out while they went to lunch. Good idea. I actually had to take my boots apart and remove the insoles to get them dry every day. The lockers are ventilated, but it takes all night for the boots to dry out.