If they gave out gold medals for vacation destinations, Lake Placid would win them all. One of the oldest winter playgrounds in the US, our sweet mountain town excels at adventurous winter fun. Whether you're looking for a cool day trip to a mountain you’ve never skied, new ways to make family memories, or classic winter fun, Lake Placid has fun, friendly, and oh so cool winter adventures. This winter, grab your gear and try something new in the sweet, fresh air of Lake Placid.
Host of not one but two Olympics, Lake Placid knows winter fun. Now, our Olympic sites are better than ever and you can be part of the excitement, too! Visit Mt. Van Hoevenberg for the exciting Cliffside Coaster. Part bobsled, part roller coaster, all fun, the ride lets you control your speed as you coast down the mountain. Over at the Olympic Jumping Complex, soar into the winter sky on the SkyRide gondola, which whisks you up to the base of the ski jumping towers. Up in the towers, get a stunning view of Lake Placid and the High Peaks!
Mirror Lake is the heart of our alpine playland and in winter it’s home to classic winter fun and games for the whole family. Skate the day away under bluebird skies, join a pickup hockey game, or experience the exhilaration of a real dog sled ride. Want even more speed? How about a toboggan chute that will send you whizzing out onto the ice? We’ve got that, too. Best of all, the lake is ringed by toasty restaurants and pubs, so you can warm up with a special treat.
Greatest vertical drop in the East? Totally. Site of an Olympic Winter Games? No kidding. Amazing skiing, riding, epic mountain views, and sweet après ski? Yup, Whiteface Mountain is all of that and more. From double black diamonds for the bravest and most experienced, to comfortable slopes just for beginners, Whiteface’s trails — 90 on 25 miles of mountain! — are exhilarating and full of adventure, the perfect place to try something new. Bring the kids, your best pals, or enjoy the slopes on your own for golden winter magic
Did you know that snowshoes were invented about 4,000 years ago? While we haven’t been getting around on snowshoes for quite that long, snowshoeing is very much a part of daily life in Lake Placid. In winter, our exceptional hiking trails switch over to snowshoeing, offering adventures winding through stunning forests where the trees are covered in snow and the air is crisp and clear. No gear? No problem! Rent some snowshoes, put on your favorite fuzzy hat, and enjoy the peace of the woods in winter, on everything from flat trails to short but sweet mountains.
There’s a rumor going around that the Lake Placid area has some of the best and prettiest cross-country skiing options in New York. Whether you’re looking for a sweet Nordic center with hot cocoa or miles and miles — and even more miles! — of backcountry, Lake Placid is the place to get your cross-country groove on. Head to beautiful lookouts over easy grades that are good for skiers of all ages and abilities, or try a deep woods loop. You’ll feel like you’re exploring a snowglobe!
Serene mountains, crystal clear air, frost-coated trees, and the right gear add up to a cool new adventure: winter hiking. Surrounded by mountains big and small, Lake Placid is an awesome destination for winter adventure-seekers who hear the mountains calling. Because of the weather, it’s especially important to prepare for winter hiking correctly with the right gear and clothing. Our experienced shopkeepers can help you find just what you need, as well as share their cold climate experiences! While you’re planning, don’t forget to learn about how to Leave No Trace and help us protect this extraordinary wilderness.