Sledding Tubing Tobogganing

Or DO you know? 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... continue reading
When The Ice Hits, Mirror Lake Is Open For Business! When it comes to old Adirondack Traditions, Lake Placid has many. One of the local favorites, and something that is pretty darn unique, is our Toboggan Chute on Mirror Lake. This converted 30' Ski Jump Trestle is situated to send toboggans down the ice covered chutes and out across the frozen surface. Depending on weather conditions - and your skill as a master tobogganer - sleds can travel over 1,000 feet once they reach the frozen lake surface. It's mid-January, and the Chute is now open for business. Join us for a memorable experience... continue reading
Extremely Scared, Extremely Clumsy... So, when I think about the Adirondacks and the word extreme in the same sentence, I admit I get extremely apprehensive. I mean, when you think of Lake Placid, you often think of extreme sports: ice-climbing, luge, biathlon, ski jumping… Extremely Smart Decision And, while those extreme activities are fun to watch, the idea of me handling a gun while skiing, sliding down a track at breakneck speeds, or hugging an ice wall with just ropes for support, probably isn’t good - or safe - for anyone around me.  So, here's my take on extreme outdoor... continue reading
Spring Hiking in the High Peaks It’s not all about the mud and black fliesIsn’t it nice to hear the songbirds again? Feel the warm rays of the sun? See grass poking through the holes in the snow? Spring is a time where life comes back to those things that have been sleeping, hikers included. While yes many of you might not take the winter season off, many do take a seasonal hiatus. The black bears start shake off their cramped muscles and crawl out of their den, some with cubs, some with just hunger pains. The dozens of species of spring wildflowers will start pushing their way up through the... continue reading
On Thursday evening in Lake Placid the town was abuzz with talk of the "epic" Nor'easter spinning toward us and the entire Northeast. This, as the village was filling up with excited young athletes arriving to compete in the Empire State Winter Games, many for the very first time. Friday morning saw snow piling up around the region, with at least a foot predicted to fall throughout Friday and into Saturday.The check-in center here at the Conference Center at Lake Placid was swarming with kids and parents, anxious to pick up their credentials and uniforms for the big event. The Empire State... continue reading
As the snowflakes gently melt on my windshield and I wind my way slowly into bustling Lake Placid, it seems like winter has finally arrived in the Adirondacks. Whiteface Mountain is alive with lots of fast-moving dots teeming down the ski trails, and the streets and stores are crowded with both tourists and last-minute local holiday shoppers. I am celebrating the season appropriately by getting myself to The Bookstore Plus on Main Street to catch the book signing by Olympic Gold Medalist for bobsled, Steven Holcomb.The Bookstore Plus is one of my favorite shops in Lake Placid. Not only is it... continue reading
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