Lake Placid Blog

When you think of the Adirondacks, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Hiking? Mosquitos? Lake Placid? 6.1 Million Acres of Fun? For me, it’s none of these - not the first thing anyway. I think of Newcomb when my mind wanders off to the good ol’ Adirondacks. This town is very close to my heart. My family has owned a camp there for over ten years and before that we parked our pop-up camper at Lake Harris Campground, always hoping to snag “The Point,” the best campsite around, but we never seemed to get it. There’s always something to do in the Town of Newcomb and the people there are... continue reading
Book Lover's Guide To Lake Placid ADK ​Cabin Fever is upon us... While we love the winter (heck we actually thrive in it), even Lake Placid locals contract the inevitable urge for warmer days and blue skies, especially after 5 months of cold. It's about this time of year when I realize I can't enjoy most of my favorite outdoor activities; it's either too cold or too hot, too muddy or too icy. It's the perfect time to grab a new (or old) book and settle in for a little vacation of the mind.  What to do, what to do? After spending a weekend avoiding the icy trails (I'm pretty clumsy), I... continue reading
BRING YOUR DOG TO THE ADIRONDACKS! So, you wanna bring your dog on vacation and meet some of our fine local canine celebrities? Well that's a good thing because the Adirondacks are one of the best dog-friendly destinations on earth! With 6 million acres of lakes, rivers, open fields and forests, and lots of great towns to visit, it's a no-brainer to pick Lake Placid as home base for a vacation with your dog. If your own pampered pooch likes swimming and hiking, he'll be in heaven here as swimming holes abound and there are more than 2,000 miles of trails within an easy drive of Lake Placid.... continue reading
Replacing My Old Skis After taking a spill earlier this ski season using skinny, in-track skis on soft trail snow, I decided I needed to upgrade my trail skis for something different. My old Karhus were woefully shot which was why I was using the skinny skis in the first place. And so, a few weeks ago, I started looking around at area ski retailers and on-line to determine what I wanted to purchase. I already knew I liked the concept behind the design of the Fischer off-track series of skis, but I wanted to check out everything to help make a more informed choice. After a few phone calls... continue reading
Why Climb the High Peaks in Winter?“The rewards are many and varied for the man, in good physical condition, with the patience and good sense to plan his Adirondack mountaineering trips, ahead of time, with necessary detail.  His equipment sound, and clothing and food adequate, he may swing along the trail which on one day may sparkle with frost crystals over the powder snow; and on the next may be a sea of slush.  Prepared is he for the terrible nose dive of the thermometer at a moment’s notice, and yes, willing, even after climbing three thousand feet with a pack, to turn back, not without... continue reading
They say there are no dumb questions, and we agree - but there sure are some funny ones! Living in the Adirondack Park, we take a lot for granted. One of the most important things being exactly how vast and varied the park is - especially to a first-time visitor. As a child growing up downstate, a park was simply someplace we played after school, or maybe drove to for a family picnic on the weekends.  Side note: City folk would refer to us as being from upstate since we were just past the northern border of Westchester County and at the then-end of the Metro-North Line. Little did I realize... continue reading
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Now, I’ve been skiing both downhill and cross-country since I was a little kid. My dad was an avid skier, and he had my sister and I on skis almost as soon as we could walk. So I have been operating under the assumption that I possess enough muscle memory and coordination to successfully achieve any cross-country skiing challenge.  I was wrong.   Backstage pass It all started with a simple introduction to a new style of Nordic skiing.  I’ll admit that my job does give me the opportunity to access what I’ll call the “Adirondack backstage.” I sometimes have unique opportunities to visit... continue reading
When you think of Lake Placid, or even the Adirondacks, you might not immediately think of diversity. In fact, our demographics are downright monochromatic. Despite this, our village is welcoming to all races. But it wasn't always that way. The change in perception can be traced back to one man. The Backstory In the 1950s, Lake Placid was similar to many small American towns. Blacks and whites lived separately, and discrimination was the norm. But something changed the attitudes of the locals. Many can remember being told by their parents not to associate with those of different races. Many... continue reading
Are you a trip leader? Trip planning techniques for all seasons. Are you leading a trip up an Adirondack mountain, to a pond, along the river, or someplace else that’s really cool? Well, there are some things to consider before you head out. While I am sure that you want everyone to have a good time there are safety concerns that you should look at first; then you can look into being the tour guide that introduces others to the history of the area or boiling up some hot water for pine tea. Sit back and ask yourself these questions and keep them in mind if the trip is an open invite, which... continue reading
We have been getting dumped on this winter with light fluffy powder, but that hasn’t stopped us from taking on more difficult hikes. Breaking trail can be very tiring, but we got an early start, brought plenty of food and water, and worked our way up to the really challenging adventures. Esther via White Brook was going to be one of those challenges that we had to get ready for. Feeling good, feeling rested, and feeling inspired we scoped out a potential route on our topo map and made the early morning drive over to Wilmington to do it. We had been eyeballing White Brook and Esther for quite... continue reading