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Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games

International Collegiate Winter Sports Competition and Festival, January 12-22

The Adirondacks made a postcard-perfect setting to spectate the Lake Placid FISU World University Games, the second largest multi-sport winter event in the world, after the Winter Olympics. This international event drew about 2,500 of the world’s most competitive winter sport collegiate-athletes and delegates from more than 600 universities across 50 countries.

Home to the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games and the 2023 FISU World University Games, the majestic Adirondack Mountains are a perennial destination for world-class winter sports competitions.

FISU World University Games - Nordic Skiing Event



Founded in 1949, Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU) serves as the international governing body of university sports.

FISU Games

The Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games consisted of 12 compulsory sports.

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Biathlon
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Curling
  • Figure Skating
  • Freestyle & Freeski
  • Ice Hockey
  • Nordic Combined
  • Short Track Speed Skating
  • Ski Jumping
  • Snowboard
  • Speed Skating


Athletes competed at venues throughout the North Country.

  • Lake Placid: The Olympic Center, James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval, Olympic Jumping Complex, Mt Van Hoevenberg
  • Wilmington: Whiteface Mountain
  • North Creek: Gore Mountain
  • Saranac Lake: Saranac Lake Civic Center
  • Canton: Roos House at SUNY Canton
  • Potsdam: Maxcy Ice Arena at SUNY Potsdam, Cheel Arena at Clarkson University


Things to Do

If there is any place that knows how to do winter, it’s the North Country. Here are 46 things to do in the Adirondacks in winter to build your bucket list–from skiing to cozy cabin stays, seriously cool ice bars and winter carnivals.

Where to Stay

There are so many great places to stay in the Adirondacks designed around winter play and escape. Choose from camp-style rustic elegance to family-friendly hotels and lodges and resorts with striking views.