Mt. Van Hoevenberg en Lake Placid sliding track to open Friday <p>Winter is coming to Lake Placid, three days ahead of schedule.&nbsp; The sliding track at Mt. Van Hoevenberg is expected to open for on-ice training Friday.<br><br>USA Luge will get the ice first, starting around 9 a.m., followed by the U.S. skeleton team later that morning and the U.S. bobsled team in the evening.<br><br>Sliding will continue Saturday, barring any unforeseen changes in conditions, then resume Monday — the originally planned opening date.<br> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 21:45:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 49596 at