Outdoor Recreation

Right in the center of downtown Lake Placid there’s a 124 acre lake. We call it Mirror Lake because the surface is as smooth and reflective as glass. It’s surrounded by mountain vistas and is a year-round treasure because of its beauty. It also provides an abundance of opportunities for fun, including a public beach right off Main Street. Lake Placid lake, just north of Mirror Lake, is yet another opportunity for fun in the water. Lake Placid boasts a strong tradition of getting out on the water, whether it’s by boat or atop of a SUP. There are so many different ways to enjoy the water, and... continue reading
 
Life it is all about balance, right? It is all about finding the happy place between too much of something, and not enough of something else. In Lake Placid, it is almost impossible not to notice how much balance there is, which is why it is such a perfect destination for a vacation. When I am traveling the first thing I check is the balance, can we do it all? Can the kids have fun, and the adults? Can we spend time together, and apart? Is there enough to do in the day and in the night? What about a little romance, pampering, and outdoor adventure? Well, here is your guide to balance in Lake... continue reading
 
A fun opportunity A few weeks ago, a guide friend of mine told me about the American martens that have been hanging out at the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Adirondack Loj in Lake Placid. They have apparently been coming to scavenge at the dumpsters and campground for scraps for quite a while this winter, presenting a good opportunity to take photos of these medium-sized members of the weasel family (collectively called mustelids). I immediately took the first day I could that offered nice weather for photos, and I went to look for the martens joined by a few family members who were visiting.... continue reading
 
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
 
The word vacation was invented in the Adirondacks, this came about as the wealthy of Boston and New York City vacated the city for the fresh mountain air of the Adirondacks. Once you visit you will understand why. Maybe it is the feeling you get as soon as you enter the park breathing in the mountain air. Whatever it is that creates that feeling of peace, it is evident in the Adirondacks. Nestled in the mountains is the village of Lake Placid. Travelers have vacationed here for generations. Families take to the beaches for the day, adventurers hike and mountain bike, health gurus... 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
 
By guest blogger Caitlin Kelly; above image by Jake Sporn I wave at the lift attendant as I grab my skis from the gondola at the top of Little Whiteface. He smiles and nods back, sitting behind a row of rubber ducks. I don’t know if he actually recognizes me with my braids and purple skis and Carhartt vest, but I’d like to think so. It’s my fifth season at Whiteface and I've been skiing all morning—it’s probably my sixth ride up the gondola with the same group of friends, too. And it’s midweek; hardly anyone is up on the mountain, regardless of the bluebird sky and packed powder... 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
 
Remember that over-excited feeling you would get as a kid, the feeling that always resulted in not a wink of sleep that night? Place that feeling into an adult woman — an endurance enthusiast and passionate triathlete who lives and breathes anything that pushes the limits in strength and endurance — getting ready to skin up a mountain for her first time. That was me! The idea of getting an alpine touring ski setup had been playing an itching role in my mind for some time now.  Downhill skiing has always been a great activity in the Adirondacks, but over the past few years a different... continue reading
 

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