Cross Country Skiing

Submitted by guest blogger Chris Knight It’s been called the classic Adirondack cross-country ski tour. There’s no doubt a trip to Avalanche Pass has it all: Remote and rugged Adirondack scenery, an exhilarating and twisting ski run through the heart of the High Peaks.  But it can be tough to get the perfect day. If it’s blustery, the wind ripping across the frozen surface of Avalanche Lake can be fierce. If the snow conditions aren’t good – too thin or too icy – the ski run down the pass can be treacherous, which is why this day turned out to be so special. A cold start It was around 7... continue reading
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Submitted by guest blogger, Traci Wagner As the town begins to seemingly be going to sleep, if you really look something magical is happening. Lake Placid in early winter begins to transform into a spectacle that can only be described as a real-life holiday snow globe. The snow begins to fall. The lake begins to freeze over. The twinkling holiday lights start to appear. The town becomes alive in a completely different way than in the summer months. November is when it all begins. Adirondack Health kicks off winter with the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot.... continue reading
 
Why do we love Lake Placid? Lake Placid is the perfect choice for planning an Adirondack family vacation, romantic getaway, or visit with friends.  Aside from the myriad outdoor activities, there are mom-and-pop shops to browse, Olympic venues to tour, high-end spas to indulge in, live music and family festivals to partake in, unique restaurants where you can get a true taste of the Adirondacks, and cozy lodging to rest your weary head. The only real question is: How will you invent your own perfect day?   We suggest you start here!
 
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9.  Winter never gets us down! Year round you'll find folks topping our peaks, exploring our trails, and getting close to nature. Of course, outdoor adventuring in our winter weather offers unique challenges — luckily our experienced local Adirondack guides can help suit you up, offer advice, and even show you the way. 8. Go for the gold, or silver, or...  Skating, skiing, hockey, bobsled, and more — Lake Placid's rich Olympic heritage is alive and well. No matter the season, you can tour our Olympic sites where you'll often find... continue reading
 
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Skiing is wonderful. It's common to see small children happily taking turns down the slopes, and this can form the basis for a ski-loving companion to think "anyone can do it." But it's not for everyone. There are plenty of good reasons you might not want to join your downhill-loving clan at the moment. At the same time, you don't want to spoil anyone's fun. Wave farewell as they catch the shuttle bus to the mountain, and discover your own way to have fun in the snow. Here are some ideas. A different slope Nordic skiing is about skiing on the flat... continue reading
 

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