Lake Placid, NY - Lake Placid knows winter. This village has years of experience with it since its residents and visitors have been playing in the snow for over a century.
The winter fun began in 1904 when the famed summer resort, the Lake Placid Club, remained open through the winter months for the first time and guests played outside: at the time, a novel concept. Thus, Lake Placid became America's First Winter Resort.
Situated between two lakes and ringed by Adirondack mountain peaks, Lake Placid beckons travelers to play outside all winter long with pursuits such as backcountry skiing and snowshoeing, pond hockey, dogsled rides, sledding and ice fishing. Oh, and skiing and riding the greatest vertical in the East at Whiteface Mountain, too.
Downtown Lake Placid is a collection of restaurants, shops and a 1920s-era movie theater that is strung along a cozy main street. Its location on the shores of Mirror Lake allows you to ski or skate, or take a dog sled ride and walk to a restaurant or pub to warm up. It is little wonder why it is called one of the best ski towns in the East by Ski Magazine.
Lake Placid hosted the 1980 and 1932 Olympic Winter Games and and remains one of the few places that continues to host Olympic winter sports such as bobsledding, speed skating and ski jumping. Catch an Olympic buzz this year without going to Pyeong Chang with a Lake Placid winter adventure. Be like an Olympian and skate on the Olympic Speed Skating Oval, or barrel down the Olympic Bobsled Track.
New and Improved:
You can ride a toboggan down a 30-foot high slide that’s specifically designed to launch riders across Mirror Lake’s icy surface. Depending on weather conditions, toboggans can travel more than 1,000 feet once they reach the ice. Built in the 1960s out of a converted ski jump trestle, the toboggan chute recently received a makeover and is re-opening this year.
November 9-10 World Cup Bobsled and Skeleton
November 24-26 Skate America
December 1-2 World Cup Para Bobsled
December 8-10 Lake Placid Holiday Stroll weekend
December 15-16 World Cup Luge
January 19-20 World Cup Freestyle
February 1-4 Empire State Winter Games
February 24 USOC PyeongChang Olympic Winter Fest
March 4-10 USCSA Ski & Snowboard Championships
March 18 Lake Placid Nordic Festival and Loppet
March 16-17 ECAC Hockey Men’s D1 Championships
March 25-26 Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp