Lake Placid Blog

A quick and easy ski that fits all of our needs is found between Lake Placid and Wilmington. Though the more popular route to Whiteface Landing is longer, we are taking it one glide at a time and head toward Connery Pond.In the summer the area is a popular route to get to Whiteface Mountain but during the winter the road is unplowed allowing for a nice level ski to a beautiful Adirondack pond.Parking and getting across the highway is the most complicated part of the whole process. Since the Connery Pond road is not cleared that leaves parking available at the nearby plowed turnabout, just... continue reading
 
To say that Whiteface Lodge is an imposing structure is an understatement. The magnificent log building that I would classify almost as an edifice, sits at the Western edge of Lake Placid on the corner of Whiteface Inn Lane and Route 86. Inside one will find an incredibly designed hotel and restaurant, completed in 2005, constructed partially of local timber milled on property during construction. Of course, some of the immense logs are from the Western United States and are simply magnificent, spanning some very large areas of the hotel. Very impressive, indeed.My most recent experience at... continue reading
 
One of the greatest things about my job is that I have the privilege of meeting many of the amazing people behind the businesses and organizations that drive our tourism economy. I'm also sometimes treated to special behind-the-scenes perspectives and tours, especially when I've got travel media or dignitaries in tow. This week, I had the honor of hosting one such dignitary; the Greenest New Yorker, Kaity Tsui, as she explored our part of the Adirondacks. In recognition of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in April 2010, I Love New York introduced the "... continue reading
 
By Diane ChaseThere is something purely Adirondack about skating on a frozen pond. Being surrounded by the High Peaks while skating makes me feel like I'm in a Currier and Ives print. I am always a bit nervous to do anything on any frozen lake until I see a car drive on it. I figure if the ice can withstand the weight of a car, the few extra pounds I'm carrying around since Christmas won't make a difference.When asked, the Lake Placid Police Department takes the stance that "no ice is safe ice" but does use the opening of the North Elba Park District Toboggan Chute as their rule of thumb. If... continue reading
 
The Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex has constructed a tubing hill along the drive to the Olympic ski lift leading to the K-120 jump. If we need an excuse for having fun we can tell everyone that every tubing ticket bought goes to support USA Ski Jumping. We don't need the excuse but it is certainly an added bonus. There is something freeing about sliding down the ice.The 1,000 foot long ice slide directs the tube to the lower level and we make a smooth stop with the ski jumps looming overhead. It's night time so there is also an element of the unknown. An attendant is there to load the... continue reading
 
With two feet of snow at Whiteface Mountain, there has to be a good reason to keep my family indoors. While visiting the Adirondacks, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts lures us off the slopes and nurtures the creative side of our brain. Since we all need balance we find it there with its many winter offerings.Founded in 1972, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) brings the arts: visual, performing and musical, to the area with a wide array of talent ranging from YoYo Ma to Alvin Ailey II. The LPCA also guides the next generation of artist by providing a range a family-friendly events... continue reading
 
It wasn't so long ago that my children would not venture onto amusement rides alone. Now I am left on the merry-go-round watching while the two of them twist and turn on roller coasters with names like Hurricane and Avalanche. Somehow they convince me that going down the Lake Placid Toboggan Chute will not be the same thing. Since I am not the brave one in the family, my daughter lets me know she'll hold me on the way down the Lake Placid Toboggan Chute. My seven-year-old is now comforting me. It isn't a long wait to climb up the 30' high converted ski jump trestle. It is awkward in the... continue reading
 
Since Lake Placid has generously hosted the Winter Olympics twice, it is no hardship for anyone entering the Adirondack Park to get on their Olympic Spirit. Biathlon is not something I would have ever thought I would wholeheartedly embrace. After attending a paintball biathlon for children, my tune has changed.Unlike traditional Biathlon, children do not ski with paintball guns and an adult assists with each target station. During the 1st Adirondack Paintball Biathlon Series held at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Biathlon Range, the young racers were set into three age brackets: 7-9, 10-12 and 13+.... continue reading
 
While Whiteface Mountain revels in the new fallen snow, we take a break to get in touch with our winter spirit by visiting the 1932 &1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum.The first "person" we see as we walk in the 1932 & 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum door is a life-size cutout of one of Lake Placid's most recent Olympic heroes, Andrew Weibrecht*, son to Mirror Lake Inn Resort Spa owners, Lisa and Ed Weibrecht. This local now stands along with other Adirondack Olympians such as two time gold medalist Jack Shea. There is a small but growing display from the Vancouver 2010... continue reading
 
This 2011, my family is getting set to blend our old New Year's traditions with new ones. My daughter resolves to do less pouting in the New Year while my son hopes to decrease the frequency in which he teases his sister. He words this with so many loopholes that he tests my own New Year's Resolution, patience.Each country seems to hold strongly to its own traditions around New Year's. I always think I will once again have a lucky year with the first taste of black-eyed peas. My recipe doesn't taste the same as it did when cooked by Mrs. Wilkins.Perhaps a relaxing dinner in Lake Placid is... continue reading
 

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