LAKE PLACID — Extreme Weather crews from the Weather Channel broadcast live in Lake Placid Tuesday.
True to form, the sub-zero temperature did not disappoint, dipping to minus 3 degrees before 9 a.m.
Weather Channel on-air personality Stephanie Abrams talked local extreme sports and festival preparation and discussed the forecast for the upcoming Empire State Games and World Cup Luge competition, standing outside the bobsled run at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
The national television team also taped interviews with Jeff Dickson, chairman of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, from the Ice Palace, as carnival events continued for the 116th-annual celebration. Film footage also showed part of the Snowball Toss last Saturday.
Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau indicated that national coverage fit right in with the enormous slate of events taking place this week in his village and the surrounding region.
Winter Carnival is in full swing. The hotels and motels are booked to capacity. The Empire State Games begin Thursday. Luge competition starts up Friday with the Viessmann Luge World Cup competition.
“Even in midweek, there’s still lots of carnival spirit in Saranac Lake, excitement and fun going on every day and night as we gear up for the Gala Parade on Saturday,” Rabideau said Tuesday.
Abrams interviewed Olympic Regional Development Authority press spokesman Jon Lundin and took a trial lap on the luge track.
After the broadcast, Lundin said the coverage was a good fit for extreme sports in an extreme winter climate, although the weather was picture perfect, showing pristine white snow and ice glistening under a deep blue sky.
“This day was sparkling perfect, a Chamber of Commerce day,” he said. “For viewers to see the beauty of this area, it’s a shot in the arm, no doubt, not only for Lake Placid, but for the region: Saranac Lake with the Winter Carnival, of course for USA Luge and the Empire State Winter Games.