Spend a Winter Weekend in Lake Placid

Spend a Winter Weekend in Lake Placid

Home of the 1932 and 1984 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid is the perfect place for a winter get-away weekend! Nestled in New York's Adirondack Mountains and surrounded by lakes (including the town namesake), it's a hub for a variety of snow sports and outdoor activities in all seasons.

All the Snow Sports

Lake Placid really has so much to enjoy out-of-doors this winter for the entire family!

You can enjoy the Olympic venues and cross-country ski at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, which has rentals and groomed trails. You can also ride the Cliffside Coaster and race alongside the 1980 bobsled track.

If alpine skiing is more your speed, Whiteface Mountain has 88 trails, 9 chairlifts, and a gondola for you to ride and ski. As the highest peak in the area, the views are incredible.

You can also enjoy the SkyRide and Sky Flyer Zipline at the Olympic Jumping Complex for aerial views of Lake Placid.

You can skate the ice indoors or out with rentals at the historic 1980 rink or outdoors on the Olympic Speed Skating Oval. If you want to play a little pond hockey, head to Mirror Lake where you can also skate the cleared trails around the lake.

There are miles of trails John Brown Farm where you can hike or go snowshoeing with rentals available at numerous locations downtown. Sledding fun can be had too at any of the local hills and Teddy Bear Park is a popular location.

Get Indoors to Warm Up

If you need a break from outdoor activities, the Lake Placid Olympic Museum exhibits history and artifacts of the previously hosted Olympic games. You can easily spend a day shopping in the quaint village of Lake Placid with their numerous shops, cafes and restaurants. Our favorites to dine at are the Great Adirondack Brewing Company for dinner, and we had fantastic coffee and baked goods at Bluesberry Bakery and breakfast sandwiches at the Breakfast Club didn't disappoint.

There are so many beautiful areas to explore and enjoy any season of the year in Lake Placid, but winter holds a magic of its own.

Jennifer Smelker

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