Lake Placid Blog

Last year I was organized to the point of obsession prior to Christmas. I was determined to at least once in my life have my Christmas shopping completely finished by Thanksgiving. Believe it or not, me being the ultimate procrastinator, I accomplished my mission. This year I was seriously behind the eight-ball as that ominous 7-days-tll-Christmas personal deadline came and went. I was on the verge of panic. My creativity had failed me. I was coming up with not a single good idea for gifts for my loved ones. Good grief, why had I not shopped.? It seemed inevitable I was to become one of... continue reading
At the Brewster Memorial Library, we are committed to making the Library accessible to the public, while adhering to the highest standards of current special collections and archival practices for our materials. We hope to create an enjoyable and useful resource for research on Essex County history. The research library is named for the Honorable Osceola Byron Brewster. Dedicated in 1959 by James Rosenburg, ECHS board member and artist, the library is located on the top level of the Adirondack History Center Museum. Judge Brewster was a well known and respected Essex County citizen and... continue reading
The GOOD thing about the somewhat slow start to real Adirondack winter weather is that my fall hiking season has been extended.And with very little snow on the Adirondack Coast, I had a brand new hiking trail to test this last weekend - without the need for skis or snowshoes. (There will be plenty of time for that!)Champlain Area Trails (CATS) has opened a new trail - it's called the Cheney Mountain Trail and it's the first of their network in the Town of Moriah.There are actually three very distinct lookouts at the top. The first one you'll encounter offers a tremendous view north over Lake... continue reading
Today I would like to share with you my favorite photo of the season.  I think it captures the calm before the storm.  
After a fun day on the ski slopes and a relaxing meal, there is nothing more family orientated than ice skating to work off those sweets. (According to the Mayo Clinic ice skating can burn about 500 calories in an hour for a person weighing 160 pounds. Of course that number will vary with your weight and the intensity of the workout.) Located right in the center of Lake Placid, the indoor 1932 Jack Shea Arena provides an ice skating opportunity no matter the weather.The 1932 Jack Shea Arena was the site where Norwegian figure skating star Sonja Henie earned one of her three career gold medals... continue reading
We all have our holiday traditions but nothing is seeped more in the tradition of winter activities than the town known as the birthplace of winter sports in America. Once again Lake Placid is bringing back traditions of ol'. The High Peaks Resort is resurrecting the Lake Placid Yule Log tradition hailing from the time of Melvin Dewey's Lake Placid Club. The Lake Placid Club opened in1896 and fostered the concept of a winter sports haven to guests that still draws in visitors today. From 1911 through 1980, the Yule Log continued bringing community and families together as part of the Lake... continue reading
Recently I uploaded a picture of a snow-covered Whiteface Mountain to my Facebook page. As I captioned it "What's in a name?" I got thinking about the Adirondacks'  High Peaks and wondering for whom and why some of the mountains have the names they do. I know I've read or been told the histories of some of our local mountains, but have long since forgotten most. My curiosity got the best of me and I set out researching and re-learning many interesting facts. I have a sneaking suspicion I don't need to go into the Whiteface name origin here, so I'll start with Mount Marcy, as it... continue reading
For me, this week began across the border. I don't like to stray too far from our Adirondack paradise, but Quebec represents an important travel market for our region. As such, each year I conduct a presentation to a group of media - some old friends, some new faces - at an intimate gathering in Montreal.This year, as always, my presentation featured all of our Adirondack regions, including Schroon Lake, Lake Champlain, Whiteface and our flagship destination, Lake Placid, of course. My goal was to provide an overview of all of our regions and their attributes, and to highlight the winter... continue reading
Snow is falling where I live in the Adirondack Park but places like Whiteface Mountain have been making snow and keeping all of our downhill skiing dreams alive. For the downhill skier there are many options to save money, which around the holidays is a gift in itself. There are group discounts and Lake Placid Ski Packages all waiting to entice us into a fun-filled Adirondack ski weekend. Whether you live in the area and have family visiting or vacationing for the first time, below are just a sampling of the many Whiteface and Gore Mountain discounts. At Gore Mountain (... continue reading
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


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