Lake Placid Blog

On Wednesday Whiteface ended up with 14" of fresh snow in what was the best opening week storm we have seen in a decade.  We were absolutely thrilled to end up with such bounty from Mother Nature and Old Man Winter, what a homecoming!Whiteface opened on time, early in fact, with the Face Lift spinning at 8:19 a.m. and we were even able to open the summit of Little Whiteface for top to bottom skiing and riding on over 1 mile of trails. But the most important story of opening weekend to me is welcoming home all of our winter friends old and new! Here Season Pass Holders discuss opening day:Jack... continue reading
 
There are so many places to go in the Adirondacks, six million acres of it. Even though we live close to a lot of the area attractions, the lovely thing about Lake Placid is its focus on public transportation. You do not need to have a car to get around. The perfect commuter companion is the free Placid XPRSS trolley. That is correct. This trolley is free. This green trolley stops at various places from the Olympic Ski Jumps, Main Street, to the Price Chopper Shopping Plaza. It is such a convenient way to get around town that I just park our car at the first available spot. Call 518-523-2002... continue reading
 
When the first snows of winter come to call in Lake Placid, people sit up and listen - or take note - or jump in feet first - or whatever. It's an event that evokes both excitement and dread (we do have to shovel it after all and that's not always fun). The dread soon wears off as we get our shoveling muscles toned up and we are immersed in a winter wonderland!We've been playing in the snow here in Lake Placid for over a hundred years and the first significant snowfall is always greeted with an air of excitement by those who play in it as well as those who are ready to welcome our visitors... continue reading
 
"Hello, Beautiful!"Those were the words my daughter uttered last night when she saw her first snowflake of the season. We were having a quick and easy meal in Lake Placid after a ski shop tour for new skate skis for my biathlon-training son. Suddenly my daughter pressed her nose against the glass and yells, "Hello Beautiful!" Sure enough, there was the snow we've been waiting for.There has been snow on some of the Adirondack High Peaks for a while but we haven't had the time to get back there to it. We have been waiting for the snow to come to us."Red Sky in morning, sailor takes warning. Red... continue reading
 
It's been what I'd consider a normal week in November, weather-wise. It began with unseasonably warm and sunny days, and ended yesterday with snow on the ground in Lake Placid!Our bloggers covered an equally varied bunch of topics this week:Sue Cameron wrote about this time of year from a local's perspective - with a couple of hints about how visitors can take advantage! READ ITAthena Roth writes about the current artist on display at Saranac Lake's Adirondack Artists' Guild: Janet Marie Yeates READ ITNEW! And this week, we are thrilled to introduce our newest blogger, Bridget Widget, our... continue reading
 
Each fall as winter approaches and we gear up for another season at Whiteface Mountain, I embark on some last minute adventures outside of the region before I hunker down for the winter. I only leave the region during the spring and after the leaves drop - very short windows in a perfect Adirondack world.My first adventure was a trip to New York City. I embrace the fact that no one really knows me in the city; I can drive and walk down the streets in complete anonymity, which strangely enough I find to be very relaxing. (Donít get me wrong- living in a small town is wonderful and I love it,... continue reading
 
By Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities for Lake Placid, Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake and the High Peaks. The stage is set for Gandalf and thirteen mighty dwarves to hike through The Shire (or rather Lake Placid) to enlist a reluctant Bilbo Baggins to help on a quest to slay the evil dragon Smaug. For those Tolkien fanatics, this musical version taking place at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, though authorized by J.R.R. Tolkien, has a bit of a surprise ending. For those unfamiliar with Tolkien's "The Hobbit," this play with... continue reading
 
True to form, at the end of October the weather began to act like the November weather to come..cold, damp, cloudy with rain showers turning into snow flurries now and again. Then a teaser of a day with brilliant blue sky and warm sunshine lured us out to play in the outdoors some more. We've had a stretch of unseasonably warm and sunny weather this past week that has enabled those of us who live here year 'round to get outside and enjoy the more fall-like weather than November-like weather, as is the norm. You never know what's going to turn up weather-wise in November. It's always a gamble.... continue reading
 
One of the reasons my husband and I enjoy the lifestyle in this area is the abundance of green space. I know it may sound trite with the whole "forever wild" situation. I am sure we are not the only ones who take this accessible yet untouched wilderness for granted. We complain about the mud, the bugs, the ice and the snow. We complain about the snow (I realize I just mentioned it but feel it needed more emphasis.) We watch the ice come in and the ice go out. We also get to hike trails and paths, smell spring and see the change of season in a slow and magical way. Spring doesn't jump out at... continue reading
 
It's that spooky time of year again - when kids and adults prepare their trick-or-treating and party disguises to celebrate Halloween.However you spend the holiday, my advice is to watch how much candy you consume, don reflective outerwear to be safe, and I would be remiss if I didn't post Lake Placid-specific, and somewhat unique Halloween rule:Don't feed our crocodile.That's right; captured in the picture below is our elusive Lake Placid crocodile. During this spooky season, visitors are tempted to bring treats like cows and the like to the water's edge to entice our resident reptile out of... continue reading
 

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