Winter

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
 
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
 
Submitted by guest blogger Traci Wagner 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... 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
 
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
 
Friends that travel together stay together There is something very special about being on vacation with your best friends. There is a comfort in knowing you will enjoy similar things, the downtime will be respected, and the laughs will be endless. In Lake Placid, there are so many winter activities and adventures for you and your friends to invent your own perfect vacation. Pack your coats and your cutest winter hats and head to the Olympic Village for winter fun that no other place can offer. Here is your guide to a vacation in wonderland with your best friends. ... 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
 

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