There is a rich history of curling in the Adirondacks. The Saranac Lake Curling Club was established in 1917 and curled on Pontiac Bay. From the 1920’s to about 1943 the Saranac Lake Curling Club was one of the best known and most respected clubs in the eastern US and Canada, hosting and participating in many state, national and international championships. Adirondack Curlers were actively involved in planning the curling matches held during the 1932 Olympic games held in Lake Placid. In 1952, the Lake Placid Club formed the Sno-birds Curling Club and for the next 10 years they curled on the ’32 rink at the Olympic Arena.
Ed Brandt, who was very active in the world of curling and a former president of the Ardsley Curling Club, came to Lake Placid with his wife Barbara in 1981, and started the Lake Placid Curling Club and they curled in the Olympic Ice Center in Lake Placid from 1981- 2013. In the earlier days of the club, there were bonspiels hosted by the club at the Olympic Center that drew participants from many distant clubs. In 1987, the LPCC even hosted the US Men’s National Championship. As with most sports, interest waxes and wanes, and interest in curling fell off in Lake Placid and surrounding areas in the late 1990’s.
When curling became a part of the Winter Olympics again, interest surged and new membership numbers grew. With the influx of new members, regular leagues were established once again. Weekly scores were published in the local paper and announced on the local radio stations.
We moved in October 2013 and officially call Saranac Lake Civic Center our home ice. We now have trophies and recognitions for League Championship, and A and B Division Championships. Additionally, in 2013 the “Who Gives a Hoot” friendly bonspiel was established between the Lake Placid CC and the Huntingdon (Québec) CC. Total stones are tallied in this one-game event, with the winning club earning the coveted Owl Trophy. It is held alternately between our clubs’ home ice.
A part of our mission statement is to educate people about the sport of curling and to provide opportunities for people to play the game.