Outdoor Recreation

By guest blogger Kaet Wild It was only my second time skiing, but I felt confident enough to continue on alone. My friends insisted we were close to the dam, but they had to work and needed to turn around. I solo hiked many times over the summer, but this would be my first solo ski adventure. “I’ll text you when I make it out, and if you don’t hear anything, please send help,” I said jokingly, but I meant it in all seriousness. It’s always smart to have a check-in buddy, someone that knows what you’re embarking on before you head out alone. We were coming in from the truck trail off... continue reading
 
By guest blogger Caitlin Kelly; above image by Jake Sporn I wave at the lift attendant as I grab my skis from the gondola at the top of Little Whiteface. He smiles and nods back, sitting behind a row of rubber ducks. I don’t know if he actually recognizes me with my braids and purple skis and Carhartt vest, but I’d like to think so. It’s my fifth season at Whiteface and I've been skiing all morning—it’s probably my sixth ride up the gondola with the same group of friends, too. And it’s midweek; hardly anyone is up on the mountain, regardless of the bluebird sky and packed powder conditions.... continue reading
 
Lake Placid boasts a strong tradition of winter sports (two Winter Olympics, no big deal) and has, for generations, brought families and friends together over a shared love of outdoor winter adventure. Most are familiar with Lake Placid’s epic ski jumps towering in the sky and the majestic Whiteface Mountain for its dowhill skiing. Below is a list of other outdoor adventure opportunities that abound in Lake Placid. These activities are affordable, and even free if you have the gear. Snowshoeing In the warmer months the Adirondacks become a paradise for hikers of all levels. We have the 46... continue reading
 
Remember that over-excited feeling you would get as a kid, the feeling that always resulted in not a wink of sleep that night? Place that feeling into an adult woman — an endurance enthusiast and passionate triathlete who lives and breathes anything that pushes the limits in strength and endurance — getting ready to skin up a mountain for her first time. That was me! The idea of getting an alpine touring ski setup had been playing an itching role in my mind for some time now.  Downhill skiing has always been a great activity in the Adirondacks, but over the past few years a different... continue reading
 
Submitted by guest blogger Caitlin Kelly Ski under the light of the full moon My heart quickens as we ski closer to the fire, cheeks rosy from the mid-winter cold. The stars are brilliant, shimmering and shaking above us as the full moon folds in and out of view through the passing clouds. As we round a dark curve in the woods, the glow from the fire illuminates the balsam fir; silhouettes of skiers come into view as their shadows dance on the packed snow. We find a place to jab our skis into the side of the trail, one that we’ll remember when we’re ready to ski away, and we're onto the... continue reading
 
Submitted by guest blogger Rebekah Ashley The more I’ve traveled throughout my twenties the more I appreciate the Adirondacks — remote and quiet peaks, rugged terrain, a cold climate, and of course the people. The community here is a big part of what makes this place special. Last winter Nor’easters barreled the East Coast and covered the High Peaks with deep snow, allowing Whiteface Mountain to stay open for its longest season yet. Looking back, this was probably some of the best snowboarding I’ve had on the East Coast. Mid winter, after a storm left another foot of snow in the... continue reading
 
In Lake Placid, killer cross-country skiing is never far away. More experienced skiers head into the backcountry where tight turns and the ability to ski on varied, ungroomed terrain is a must. If that’s a little too intense, check out the five cross-country ski areas below. They offer a mix of trails and amenities, from on-site dining and lodging to the best in your-car-is-your-base-lodge skiing. Ungroomed trails Heaven Hill and Henry’s Woods These trail complexes are a great place to test your skills before heading into the backcountry. Heaven Hill is the easier of the two, and it’s a... continue reading
 
Submitted by guest blogger, Traci Wagner As the town begins to seemingly be going to sleep, if you really look something magical is happening. Lake Placid in early winter begins to transform into a spectacle that can only be described as a real-life holiday snow globe. The snow begins to fall. The lake begins to freeze over. The twinkling holiday lights start to appear. The town becomes alive in a completely different way than in the summer months. November is when it all begins. Adirondack Health kicks off winter with the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. No matter the temperature,... continue reading
 
Why do we love Lake Placid? Lake Placid is the perfect choice for planning an Adirondack 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!
 
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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 athletes from around the world training as they pursue... continue reading
 

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