Family Fun

This year run, don't stroll, to the Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll, now in its sixth year.  With events for both families and adults, the Sixth Annual Holiday Village Stroll will wow you with the number of free events taking place during the three days of the event. Children will delight in visits with Santa, craft-making, ballet, movies and skating, to name a few.  The weekend kicks off with an artists exhibit and celebration at Northwoods Inn on Friday at 5 pm.  Following that will be free crafting making for kids at the Olympic Museum and a FREE skating party at... continue reading
The hands are a very tough subject to grasp, ha-ha, just kidding. Actually the hands are pretty easy to monitor and layer up, because they are usually the first to feel the effects of cold temperatures. However, if in the past you have had frost nip or frost bite to your digits, they are more susceptible to cold issues in the future. It is unfortunate, but a large number of winter enthusiasts suffer from the ill effects of cold injuries; I am one of them.Handwear is one of those products that every company in the outdoor industry produces. Some look great but their function isn’t quite up to... continue reading
I want to start out by saying that proper equipment is very important in enjoying a winter outdoor sport, but, proper layering and dress is vital. This blog titled “Proper Layering” will be broken down into many parts; materials, head protection, foot protection, hand protection and core protection. This break down was created to show the importance of each bodily region respectively. Cotton…should be left at home; it has no place in the back-country during the colder months.  During the warmer months where the temperatures don’t drop below 60, maybe, and that is a very huge MAYBE!! Sure... continue reading
It’s affordable! You don’t need any special equipment, and there is no cost to access the trails or to enter the Adirondack Park. Leaving your budget available for lodging, food, shopping, or whatever you want. It’s great for all ages and abilities. No special skills are required, making it a great family activity. Something you can create lasting memories and tradition.  Handicap accessible trails are available - a few good options include: Paul Smith's VIC, The Wild Center and High Falls Gorge (Note: admission fees may apply) You don’t have to hike a high peak for a view.... continue reading
The Peninsula Trails in Lake Placid are probably the most conveneint oppotunity to hop on your mountain bike and get on a trail in town. The milage may be short, but there is ample parking at two conveneint access points, and the view of Lake Placid at "the dam" is absolutely breathtaking. Getting to the trails is easy. From the intersection of Routes 73 and 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 through town, and continue to follow it as it swings left and climbs a short hill. Turn right on Peninsula Road — it looks like the entrance to a hotel, but you’ll see a large DEC sign for... continue reading
The Adirondack’s busiest weekend of the year is almost upon us. Both Columbus Day and Canadian Thanksgiving always occur on the same weekend in October - this year October 11 - 14. It’s kind of like the “last hurrah” of the busy summer/fall season with visitors getting in their last long weekend before the November and December holidays. Visitors will swarm the region this coming weekend and we are ready and waiting for them!  In addition to the multitude of activities available to visitors, there will be a full schedule of entertaining events as well. From live music at area establishments... continue reading
This week in the High Peaks Region around Lake Placid the foliage is just past peak - about normal for this week. The predominant colors now are yellows, golds and oranges of the Oaks, Maples, Beech, Poplars and Birch, with scattered brilliant red Sugar Maples.  As we descend in elevation, the foliage gradually backs away from peak. Keene and Keene Valley should be experiencing peak conditions soon, if not this coming weekend. The Lake Champlain Region is in its early stages of color change, reporting approximately 30 - 50% change, depending on elevation, the higher elevations being further... continue reading
Fall colors are bursting forth all over the Adirondacks this week. With the brilliant foliage come scores of visitors in search of the best views of Mother Nature's spectacle.  It's a yearly event that draws big crowds to see the hillsides aflame with color and also to attend the many annual events planned in concert with the fall foliage.  This coming weekend will see nearly 3,000 runners, in teams of up to 12, snaking through the Adirondacks.  From Saratoga Springs, along the Hudson River and Lake Champlain, past Whiteface Mountain and on to Lake Placid, it's a two day, non-stop relay race... continue reading
After several postponed trips for the Lake Placid 8th Grade class we were finally on our way to do a team building trip on Owl’s Head. This is an annual event for High Peaks Mountain Guides and the Lake Placid Central School District, which always ends up being an interesting and fun day. Cooler weather in the morning delayed the start of the day but it was worth the wait, soon the sun warmed up the area and the temperatures were much friendlier. While a small group went kayaking, another tried stand-up paddle boarding, a third was rock climbing and a fourth tore up the trails mountain biking... continue reading
Fall is kicking into high gear here in the Adirondacks and we've got fall events that'll make you want to kick up your heels and some that'll help you sit back and relax. Two of our much anticipated events take place in the Whiteface Region.  The 36th Annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Foot Race takes place on Saturday the 14th  on the same day as the Wilmington Festival of the Colors. For some foot stompin' bluegrass music, don't miss the ever growing Otis Mountain Get Down in Elizabethtown on September 14th also. The festival features top notch bluegrass intertwined with acts of all genres,... continue reading


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