Lake Placid Blog

Families come in all shapes and sizes and the challenging thing, without driving ourselves crazy or being a short-order cook for activities, is to please most of us. Story time activities may still fit my daughter so my son attends and just reads a book. We attend Biathlons that do not interest my daughter so she finds other ways to entertain herself. There are also those activities that we transition into as our family changes with age and interest.Seeing a play is something they both can agree upon. The live performances that my children have attended range from shows on Broadway to the... continue reading
Tucked away in a far corner of Placid Lake sits the Lake Placid Lodge. With a commanding view of the western half of the lake, Buck and Moose Islands and Whiteface Mountain, Lake Placid Lodge has not just the location going for it, but a phenomenal new chef and a nearly indescribable ambience as well.At times, you'll be lucky to be greeted by Maggie herself when you enter Maggie's Pub. Maggie, for those who are uninitiated, is the resident Golden Retriever, for whom the Pub is named. She is a fixture around the property and is a true welcome-wagon of furry delight! If you're not so lucky... continue reading
The word of the week is "snow". The beautiful result of a temporarily inconvenient blizzard left our region absolutely buried in close to 30 inches of the stuff on Monday.Though we "Adirondackers" pride ourselves on our toughness, that much snow definitely takes an extra bit of work to clear from walkways, driveways in order to return to normal life. On the other glove, Whiteface received the most snow of any resort in the western world during the week! Speaking of snow...Since the storm was predicted and promoted by the local and national weather service, my sister and I decided to take... continue reading
I can't remember a time when stories haven't been an important part of my life. My mother or grandparents would read to me at night. I listened intently to tales of their own history, sharing the "remember how it used to be" tales until I was familiar with a time when ice came from frozen lakes and a horse and carriage were the only transportation.Each book we read would be reenacted the next day during my daily play, as I became my favorite character. How would these characters lives turn out in their story? I would grip my pillow in anticipation, hoping that all would turn out well. The... continue reading
Being near an Olympic town, mychildren can become a bit nonchalant about the experience. Seeing world-class athletes and national champions is just another day in Lake Placid. It takes a visit from family for the kids to remember how unusual it is to see an Olympic ski jump or witness athletes vying for a coveted spot on a national team.It hasn't lost its appeal for me. It is magical to see the teamwork and dedication required to be part of such sports as biathlon, ski jumping and luge.This weekend allows for plenty of opportunity to be "part" of the United States Luge Team. On Saturday,... continue reading
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


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