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If you like winter sports action, good local food, and zip lines, then you need to check out the 38th annual Empire State Winter Games. The huge, multi-sport event runs from February 1-4 and it’s coming out of the gate bigger and better than ever. This year there will be more competitors, a centralized village, a Jumbotron to watch it all on, and it’s all kicked off by a relay torch run that begins in Manhattan and ends in Lake Placid. Combine all of that with good food, craft beer, and events happening across several Adirondack communities, and the Games start to look more like a... continue reading
 
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9.  Winter never gets us down! Year round you'll find folks topping our peaks, exploring our trails, and getting close to nature. Of course, outdoor adventuring in our winter weather offers unique challenges -  luckily our experienced local Adirondack guides can help suit you up, offer advice, and even show you the way. 8. Go for the gold - or silver - or...  Skating, skiing, hockey, bobsled, and more — Lake Placid's rich Olympic heritage is alive and well. No matter the season, you can tour our Olympic sites where you'll often find... continue reading
 
In a few months when the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics open, a surprising number of U.S. athletes will be from the Lake Placid area, from biathletes and skiers to bobsledders and lugers. With an Olympic Training Center and over 100 years of winter sports competition, the tiny village positively oozes Olympic spirit. The first thing most visitors notice (other than the beautiful scenery, fresh mountain air, and quaint downtown) is Lake Placid’s diminutive size. We have 2,600 residents and one main thoroughfare. People often shake their heads and wonder, “How did they pull off an Olympics... continue reading
 
There it was. An opening in my work schedule. The weather said snow for the two days prior. The kids are in school and my wife would be at work. That means it’s time to head to Whiteface! So the texts go out to the usual suspects, but when the replies come back it’s all: “Gotta work” and “Can’t make it.” I realize that something amazing is about to happen. A day at Whiteface all by myself. Now, “all by myself” is a relative term because Whiteface is a popular ski destination with a wide range of people. So there are technically other people at the mountain. And while I generally like... continue reading
 
1. Lake Placid is America’s First Winter Resort. Most folks remember Lake Placid hosted the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. Some know we hosted the 1932 Winter Olympic Games. But, Lake Placid's winter sports history began with Melvil Dewey, who kept his grand resort, the Lake Placid Club, open through the winter season of 1904-05. Thus began Lake Placid's heritage as America's First Winter Resort. Sure, most of Lake Placid’s visitors come here during the warm months, but today the area continues to beckon travelers to play in the snow — primarily due to the increased interest... 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
 
Conquering the Firsts… It’s the first significant snow of the year, first weekend that Mt. Van Hoevenberg is open for the season, first time I have ever skied alone.  I woke up this morning to the magical text: 6" Sweet.  That simple text is what we've all been waiting for — it's the first significant snowfall of the year. We have permission to hit the slope/track/trail of choice for an hour or so prior to hitting the office. Our mission: check out the conditions, take pictures, report back. One of the advantages to working in a beautiful mountain town. Where to go?  I chose Mt. Van... continue reading
 
In addition to our Lake Placid events, one of the most popular fall events takes place at our very close neighbor, The Whiteface Region. Falling in early-October, Whiteface Mountain holds a two-day​ Oktoberfest event celebrating all the traditions of Bavaria, right in our back yard. Don't miss this fun event filled with live music, great food, and family-fun! Fall in the Adirondacks is filled with events celebrating the season of flaming leaves and the fall harvest season  Lake Placid plays host to many of these Adirondack events. Plan ahead with lodging reservations for any of your... continue reading
 
With new venues and ancillary construction for Olympic Games across the globe, there are many communities who live with empty buildings and unused Olympic sports facilities after the close of their Olympic events. Not here. In this world of throw-away everything these days, it's nice to know we have some awesomely repurposed facilities in Lake Placid.  One of them has a very unusual after-use. Olympics in perspective In the years leading up to our last Olympic Games the organizers were committed to creating "an Olympics in perspective," focusing on the athletes and not the grandiose... continue reading
 
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As snow blankets the countryside around the Adirondacks, the thought of all our winter events is forefront on people's minds. Lake Placid is lucky to have hosted so many huge events throughout the years that it seems "old hat" when we have a very full schedule. I guess you could say we DO events here in Lake Placid. So, get ready for a busy schedule. This list just scratches the surface - so be sure to look through the full schedule for everything that's happening. Luge World Cup All the best athletes in international Luge competition will take to Lake Placid's Olympic Sports Complex Luge... continue reading
 

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