Ice Skating

“Great moments are born from great opportunities.” - Herb Brooks, 1980 USA Olympic Hockey Head Coach I grew up miles away from Lake Placid, in the middle of the woods, down a long dirt road, in a log cabin basically in the middle of nowhere. It all began when my dad gave me a pair of figure skates. These weren’t just figure skates; no, these were better! My dad ground the toe pick down all the way and referred to them from there on out as hockey skates. Next, he cut down a tree branch and carved it into what resembled a hockey stick, then he pushed me off, onto the ice of our little pond... continue reading
 
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Can you do a triple axel? That’s my favorite question I get as a figure skater. No, I cannot do a triple axel, but yes, I can tell you about the 2017 Bridgestone Skate America, which will take place in Lake Placid on November 24-26. I know you don’t understand how we can spin that fast and not get dizzy, or how we do two rotations in the air and land on one blade on the ice. To be honest, sometimes I don't even understand it, but that's what makes the sport so exciting. A trip to Lake Placid is worth it on its own, but Skate America will be the icing on the cake.  ... continue reading
 
Why do we love Lake Placid? The Adirondacks' Lake Placid is the perfect choice whether you're planning a family vacation, romantic getaway, or visit with friends.  Aside from the myriad outdoor activities, there are mom and pop shops to browse, Olympic venues to tour, high-end spas to indulge in, live music and family festivals to partake in, unique restaurants where you can get a true taste of the Adirondacks, and cozy lodging to rest your weary head. The only real question is: how will you invent your own perfect day?   We suggest you start here!  
 
Guest blogger: Alyssa Devlin Outdoor Skating Near Lake Placid If you’re visiting Lake Placid in the winter months, there's probably a good chance you're here to ski – or for a hockey tournament on one of our indoor rinks. But if you’re looking to get out into the wilderness without a huge athletic commitment (say, if ice climbing or alpine skiing isn’t really your thing), then you should check out one of the nearby ponds or lakes for a fun skating adventure! Locals are in-tune with a lot of the opportunities for skating in the area besides the Speed Skating Oval, and we’ll let you in on... continue reading
 
Skating on a frozen Adirondack lake: A 2017 must-do activity! There's something about skating on a lake that is a bit magical. I have friends from the south that are terrified at the thought of standing on the ice in the middle of frozen body of water, but it's definitely an experience to put on your must-do list when visiting Lake Placid. Surrounded by snow-covered peaks and bordered by an alpine village decorated for the holidays, Mirror Lake really is a picture perfect place to take that cherished selfie. If you've never been on a lake — or, like me, it's been many, many years — this is... continue reading
 
'Tis the season It’s been getting fairly cold lately, but that’s okay with me — because it’s a sign that the holidays are just around the corner. This will be my first holiday season spent in Lake Placid, filled with family, friends, and a bunch of holiday adventures. I’m really looking forward to it! I’ve been researching all the options of things to do — and there’s a lot to choose from. My out-of-town family members have already checked out the rental houses in town, and are planning to join me for a week of fun right at the beginning of December. So far my list of must-do activities... continue reading
 
Lake Placid, adirondacks, usa — The spring “turnover” of Mirror Lake and concerns about water salinity levels was the topic of a special meeting of community and municipals leaders from the Village of Lake Placid and Town of North Elba on March 30 in Lake Placid. Testing and sampling of Mirror Lake over the winter have indicated a rising level of salinity due primarily to road salt used by road maintenance crews to melt snow and ice on the western side of the lake, along Main Street. The recreational epicenter of the popular year-round vacation community,... continue reading
 
So your kid plays hockey? Congratulations! And...my condolences. Regardless of how you feel about hockey, it's no secret that it's a big commitment for the whole family. Between multiple practices during the week to multiple games on the weekend — plus the dreaded multi-day tournament — you may start to feel like you live at the rink. You're not alone! Here are my tips for surviving — and maybe even enjoying — hockey. Tip #1: Relax. Like the sign says, it's just youth hockey, so relax. Your kids don't play in the NHL. The coaches and refs are human. No amount of pressure will help your... continue reading
 
The Secret's Out Here's the thing... I was never very good at keeping secrets. If I love something, I want everyone to know about it. I want to share the knowledge. And, while my blog today doesn't exactly give away anything that is top-secret, it does highlight 4 places that are often overlooked. So, the next time you get off exit 30 on the Northway and start the trip up scenic Route 73 toward the Lake Placid Region, keep your eyes peeled for these "secret" spots. Heck, maybe you'll even take my advice and keep the camera handy. If you do, be sure to snap some pics and post them on social... 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
 

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