Lake Placid Blog

Intro to Skiing and Snowboarding 101 Learning to ski or snowboard can have many paths. As a longtime skier, snowboarder, and past instructor, I’ve seen how vast the experiences from one person to another can be. While you could say there is no wrong way, there are definitely ways to make the experience easier, and more affordable. Ski Lessons for Children My parents skied in college and so when I was young they enrolled me in lessons during our family ski vacations. While I was too young to fully remember the learning experience, I do remember much of my progression skiing over the years... continue reading
 
Lake Placid’s large sports venues have dabbled over the years in hosting concerts. The Grateful Dead played a show or two here, and I remember New Kids on the Block playing here when I was a pre-teen dying to see them (my parents wouldn’t let me go!). I saw my first Phish and Bob Dylan shows at the 1980 rink, and there have been some other great acts at various times at Whiteface and the Olympic venues throughout the years. But those venues don’t host music events regularly, so it’s always exciting when one is announced. The second I heard they were planning to hold a bluegrass festival this... continue reading
 
Location The Conference Center is located in the the Village of Lake Placid. After a day of conferencing our attendees can walk right on onto Main Street and stroll the many restaurants and shops. In addition, Main Street is right on the water’s edge of Mirror Lake. Mirror Lake offers a variety of boating, swimming and other water activities.  New Green Building Features The Conference Center opened in May of 2011. The Conference Center is a green building. The majority of old structure was recycled as it was removed, and the majority of the new material that was used to build the... continue reading
 
Lingo  There’s a certain amount of jargon associated with any sport or endeavor, and golf is certainly no exception.   In addition to common slang terms, one always hears about a golf course’s “signature hole,” and I’ve always wondered what the distinction is…who decides? What is the criteria? Does someone actually place an autograph somewhere? I decided to take my investigation to the links. More accurately, I took my investigation to the mountain.     The Lake Placid Club The Lake Placid Club is just a chip and a putt from my office in Lake Placid (or a sliced drive in my case), so... continue reading
 
September in Lake Placid brings some cool late summer/early fall events to the mountains. Check out our complete calendar for all of the 80+ events taking place in September. Here are some of our favorites. 44th Annual Lake Placid Classic It's hard to imagine it's been 44 years since Dr. Bob Lopez (a local veterinarian) started this annual running event in Lake Placid. Long distance running was in its early stages of popularity when Bob decided to introduce Lake Placid to the sport as an event. Needless to say, it was a success! Not surprisingly, Lopez was subsequently chosen as Lake Placid... continue reading
 
Avalanche Mountain is one of those tall peaks seen by many but explored by few. Standing at Marcy Dam, like many of you may have in the past, your eyes gaze southward toward Mount Colden and through Avalanche Pass and there’s this smaller mountain right in the middle, with two distinguishable mounds for summits, that’s Avalanche Mountain. There is no trail up this 3800’ peak that is swallowed by two very prominent passes, Avalanche Pass on its left and Caribou Pass on its right, the Macintyre Range shadows over the region a bit further to the west making even 3800’ feet look very small.I... continue reading
 
As we put the 16th edition of Ironman Lake Placid in the history books, we turn to late summer and our back-to-back events of early August. From water skiing to lacrosse, we've got some pretty awesome events coming up in addition to our ongoing cultural and fun family events. Summer ice skating Hard to imagine ice skating in the summer? Lake Placid sports not one, but THREE indoor refrigerated skating rinks and is home to one of America's longest running and most prestigious summer figure skating training programs. This week we play host to the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships. The event... continue reading
 
Ironman Lake Placid is the premier event for elite triathletes. Outside of the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, at Lake Placid's inception in 1999 it was the only other Ironman event in the United States. Now one of several Ironman events it still holds the distinction of the longest running - and for good reason. This year's race takes place on Sunday, July 27th. The competitors love Lake Placid because of its spectacular course views, nearly infinite options for recreation, and Lake Placid's amazing hospitality. Racers frequently comment about the unbelievable support from... continue reading
 
Some of the best scenic destinations near Lake PlacidLake Placid is loaded with scenic destinations, but not all of them are long hikes or even moderate hikes; the Lake Placid Region can fulfill it all. These destinations I have chosen are perfect for those not wishing to do much hiking at all. In fact these destinations are within a ten minute walk of the parking lot, no special hiking equipment required, you could even do them in your flip flops if you want. I hope you enjoy these selected short ventures and take lots of pictures while you’re out there.  Cascade Lakes and Cascade... continue reading
 
Gear for Day Hiking in the High Peaks    I am going to Lake Placid, what should I have for day hiking in the High Peaks?This question is much more in depth than one might think. You have another question you need to ask to lead up to this question. Where do I plan to hike? This matters only is mainly in the concept of how much food and water should I bring, all other gear I list should be on every hike. Some are “just in case” gear, while others are essential.I have spent countless hours and miles in the High Peaks and frequently revisit as a guide to the Region. The possible situations I see... continue reading
 

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