Lake Placid Blog

I have been on the ice since I was seven years old, and if there’s one thing I’m thankful for it is all the opportunities that Lake Placid presents to get onto a frozen surface. Between Mirror Lake and the Olympic facilities there is no shortage of winter fun to be had on the ice, and these are are my top five picks to get out and enjoy it! 1. Cross-country ski across Mirror Lake  I don’t cross-country ski (yet), but I know many people who cross-country ski across Mirror Lake, and grab a drink or some food at one of the dining establishments that sit on Main Street. The... continue reading
 
Submitted by guest blogger Caitlin Kelly It seems like everyone in the Adirondacks knows Jen Jubin. And if you don’t know her, you should! Jen grew up here and went to college in Potsdam, a little northwest of the Adirondacks. She started her own business, Forever Wild Beverage Co., while also juggling work at her family’s business, Cascade XC Ski Center. During the wintertime, Jen is easily recognized—offering a bright and warm smile, with her curly brown hair up; a vest and puffy skirt with base layers underneath, because she was probably out skiing or doing something... continue reading
 
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... 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... 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... 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,... continue reading
 
The arts and culture scene in Lake Placid is growing and full of world-class entertainment. Winter in Lake Placid is a wonderland, and with the line up of shows this year, dare we say it's an entertainment wonderland? I think so. The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is the hub of the culture scene in Lake Placid, but there are also shows at The Palace Theater, and art galleries throughout town. Almost any night of the week you can find entertainment suited perfectly for your artistic mood.  The Lake Placid Center for the Arts Music, dance, and theater are just... 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... 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... continue reading
 

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