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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
 
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
 
Submitted by guest blogger Rebekah Ashley The more I’ve traveled throughout my twenties the more I appreciate the Adirondacks — remote and quiet peaks, rugged terrain, a cold climate, and of course the people. The community here is a big part of what makes this place special. Last winter Nor’easters barreled the East Coast and covered the High Peaks with deep snow, allowing Whiteface Mountain to stay open for its longest season yet. Looking back, this was probably some of the best snowboarding I’ve had on the East Coast. Mid winter, after a storm... continue reading
 
A perfect ski town cannot be solely defined by its on-piste reputation but rather by the socializing that commences once the skis are put away. Arguably every ski town's favorite French word, après-ski, translates to after ski and it is taken very seriously in Lake Placid. From shot-skis on the bar to sipping fine wine by a fire, after a day of skiing, you've earned it! No matter your après style, Lake Placid is ready to deliver. Want to prove you're the best skier on and off the mountain? Follow these simple rules to find your own perfect après.   Go where... 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
 
This year I'm planning a girls getaway ski trip to Lake Placid. Yes, I live here. So, why am I planning what will essentially turn into a staycation for me? It's because I think this is a destination that has a little something for all of my girlfriends to enjoy. And hey, it's the perfect excuse to indulge and show my friends why I love living here! Usually there is a bit of a give and take from the more serious skiers and riders to the more casual snow bunnies and beginners, leaving the group, well, separated. Together yet apart. This year I am suggesting Lake Placid for a number of reasons... continue reading
 
Thinking of taking a quick weekend getaway that’s full of active things to do? Lake Placid just might be the perfect place for you. Here’s the ultimate 36-hour itinerary in the Adirondacks for you active folks!    Ski Whiteface Get up bright and early on Saturday morning and head to the town of Lake Placid if you aren’t already staying there. Grab yourself a coffee (chai tea latte if you’re like me) from The Breakfast Club Etc. and continue on to Whiteface Mountain. I recommend getting there as early as possible and purchasing your... continue reading
 
It’s the highest vertical drop in the east, and here I am, strapped to a board about to descend this mighty mountain. Okay — so I didn’t quite get that far up the mountain, but I can certainly say I’ve gone snowboarding at Whiteface.  Snow Boarding 101  1) Take pride in acting and looking like a Jerry. 2) Don’t think about what anyone else thinks of you because you’re there to have fun. 3) Try something new. If you’re like me, I definitely don’t have any of the top-of-the-line ski gear, you just have to rock what you have. Live and... continue reading
 

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