Winter in Lake Placid
Featuring diverse terrain for the beginner skier, and expert glades and slides for the advanced, Whiteface Mountain offers trails for all abilities. The trails at Whiteface Mountain maintain solid accumulations from opening day – typically just prior to Thanksgiving. Boasting over 283 acres of skiable terrain, 86 trails and 11 lifts at Whiteface Mountain. Experience the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies at one of the Adirondack Mountain’s legendary High Peaks. Whiteface Mountain Ski Area is located a short drive from Lake Placid. Whiteface is known for its beautiful panoramic mountain scenery, technical terrain, and award-winning family resort amenities; from beginner ease to challenging expert terrain you will find there is skiing and snowboarding trails for all ages and abilities. Whiteface also offers a complete Terrain Park with jumps, rails, jibs, and a US Air Bag for tricks with a soft landing.
Nordic skiing is one of the best ways to experience winter in Lake Placid. Avoid the busy lines and lifts, and go at your own pace through the Adirondack wilderness.
Instead of being stuck in a gym all winter, strap on a pair of skis, grab some poles, and hit the Lake Placid cross-country skiing trails for a workout that offers the sights, scents and sounds of the Adirondack wilderness. Nordic skiers visit Lake Placid each winter to enjoy traditional cross-country skiing on groomed trails, backcountry skiing off trails and telemark skiing for the best of both.
Don’t let the snow keep you off the trails — grab a pair of snowshoes and hike all winter long. With more than 2,000 miles of walkable terrain, the Adirondack trail system will allow you to take in the fresh air and beautiful scenery of the great outdoors.
Experience the Adirondack Park as it transforms itself into a winter wonderland of glistening, frozen waterfalls, snow-covered trees, and wildlife footprints. Challenge yourself by conquering one of the Adirondack 46 High Peaks, check out a more leisurely favorite like the Jackrabbit Trail, or access a variety of terrain at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Complex.
Get vertical – on ice. Whether you’re looking for a challenging 1,000 foot climb up a sheer ice wall or a two-hour recreational lesson with a licensed Adirondack guide, Lake Placid’s ice climbing options cater to experts, beginners, and everyone in between. From late November until mid-spring, “pick” from towering ice-filled chimneys, crevices, and cliffs throughout the region. Varying from easy roadside access to remote climbs requiring a trek with snowshoes or skis before even getting started, it’s the perfect way to get your fill of more than one of your favorite winter outdoor activities.
Experienced rock climbers who frequent the Adirondack Mountains in warmer seasons will find ice climbing can provide the same thrills and adventure of a summer’s climb – with an icy twist, of course. Depending on the time of year, there are numerous area climbs that combine the best of both worlds with rock and ice climbing components.
Hop on your sled and experience the thrill of one of our popular Adirondack winter activities. With hundreds of miles of groomed and backcountry trails, the Adirondacks are a famous destination for snowmobile enthusiasts. Go on an extended trip, travel through historic villages, head out for an afternoon with some friends.
Don’t have a sled of your own? That’s ok – the snowmobile guides below can rent sleds and lead trips for all experience levels. Whatever you opt for, you’re guaranteed to see beautiful views, meet fellow snowmobile lovers and experience the beauty of winter in the Adirondack Region in Northern NY.
When Mirror Lake freezes over, mushers set up shop along Main Street. Visitors can walk down, and pay the driver directly to experience the ride. Frequently, people ask about the safety of the lake for this kind of activity. The drivers always check the thickness of the ice on the lake to ensure the safety of their dogs as well as their passengers.
If you love to skate (or even if you’d just like to try), Lake Placid has every skating option available. When Mirror Lake freezes over the Parks Department clears a skating path around the lake as well as areas for pond hockey. If you need to rent skates, check out Hockey Depot. directly across from the Olympic Oval and just a short walk from Mirror Lake. Speaking of the Olympic Oval, it’s a great place to get a taste of Olympic Skating history! Used for competition in both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, it features smooth ice, skate rentals on-site and a fire pit in the center to warm up.
You can also relive some Olympic history with indoor skating at the 1932 Jack Shea Arena. Skating times for the Oval and Arena are updated weekly.
SUMMER & FALL in Lake Placid
Whether it’s on the road or on single track trails, biking in Lake Placid is a unique experience. Home to New York’s highest peaks, the Lake Placid region offers riders unrivaled mountain views and a wide variety of terrain to explore.
Biking in Lake Placid offers something for everyone. The opportunities for cycling in the region are as varied as the sport itself. There are plenty of rolling, quiet, paved roads to explore, single track trails to challenge yourself, and just about every type of cycling experience in between. Riders can test themselves on the official Ironman Lake Placid bike course, or head out for a leisurely mountain bike ride on the Brewster Peninsula Trails.
Biking is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the area. During the spring, summer and fall, recreational riders and athletes from around the world descend on the region to experience all that it has to offer.
The Adirondacks boasts 3,000 lakes and ponds, along with endless streams and rivers. Whether you choose to dip your toes, or dive right in, there’s nothing like the feel of cool mountain water on a hot Adirondack day. Swimming, of course, is one of the most popular family activities in Lake Placid. Whether you’re looking for a sandy beach and lifeguard, or a hidden oasis fed by underground springs, your options are plentiful.
If you’re hiking on state land and come across a mountain stream – feel free to take a dip! But, be sure to follow posted signs, as some of the land abutting state property is privately owned.
A favorite way, and quite possibly the best way to experience Lake Placid is by boat. Did you know there are no roads that go all the way around it? Some of the properties, camps and great camps, on Lake Placid are reached by boat access only and some of the land at the far side is forever wild, which means protected from ever being developed.
Fresh water springs and mountain streams feed Lake Placid, making it one of the cleanest fresh water lakes in the world. Enjoy breathtaking views of well known Whiteface Mountain at the far end of the lake from town along with Lake Placid’s signature shape marked by 3 rustic islands prominently placed down the middle of the lake – Buck Island, Moose Island and Hawk Island. All of this and it’s rich great camp history add to the beauty and allure of Lake Placid.
Home to the largest trail system in the nation, the Adirondack Park offers some of the best hiking in the East with over 2,000 miles of marked hiking trails. Most notable among these are the region’s trails leading to the 46 High Peaks, each over 4,000 feet. With so many mountains and trails to choose from, it’s no surprise that hiking and climbing are favorites among Lake Placid’s outdoor activities.
Adirondack hunting includes deer, bear, coyote, and turkey. If you’re a sportsman (or sportswoman) you’ll find millions of acres to track, stalk and attempt to take your prey. If you’re not familiar with typical hunting and fishing techniques or the Adirondack Mountains in general, we suggest you head to an outfitter and find some additional information, or even hire a guide.
Lake Placid is home to the High Peaks and some of the best rock climbing in the Adirondacks. From the biggest wilderness cliff in the East to secluded wilderness walls and backcountry crags, Lake Placid’s High Peaks region offers a variety of challenges for climbers of all ability levels.
Explore and experience some of the country’s finest traditional rock climbing in the Adirondacks, summer mountaineering, and remote backcountry cragging. Here, you can pick a convenient roadside climb, travel along scenic hiking trails into the wilderness for an afternoon adventure or set out on a multi-day excursion to explore multi-pitch faces.
Pretty much whatever fish species you want to target, we’ve got you covered. You can even troll up some rainbow trout or lake trout right off Main Street in the Olympic Village of Lake Placid, where Mirror Lake offers fishing close to the business district. And at the north end of town you can fish Lake Placid lake, which each spring yields some lakers of frightening proportions.Right in the Village of Saranac Lake, the Saranac River flows through town and offers fine fishing as it winds toward Lake Champlain.
There’s also the East Branch of the Ausable River, which always plays second fiddle to the famed West Branch but whose fine trout fishing in the town of Keene should not be overlooked. Too, there’s a lengthy list of lesser-known streams that hold both wild trout and state-stocked fish, as well as backcountry ponds where beautiful brook trout cruise the depths and offer superb fishing in a truly wild and remote setting.
Fishing season in New York has already started, but from here on it just keeps getting better and better as spring begins to win the wrestling match with winter. Fly-fishers know what we’re talking about; the best hatches begin in May and the insect activity has the trout “looking up” as we like to say.
Pristine Adirondack water feeds miles of accessible rivers and crystal clear lakes making Lake Placid and the High Peaks Region a favorite paddling destination. Whether canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, or paddle boarding (SUP), we have thousands of reasons, not to mention 6-million acres, why this is a trip for your bucket list. The Adirondack Park has over 2,300 ponds and lakes, 1,500 miles of rivers and well over 30,000 miles of streams and brooks. With that being said, there are more than a few paddling options within the Adirondack Park and the Lake Placid Region.
ADK Aquatics provides Tubing, Wakeboarding, Water Skiing and Wake Surfing lessons and excursions on Lake Placid. Come enjoy some fun in the sun, while being towed behind their 2013 Super Air Nautique. Whether wakeboarding, water skiing, wake surfing or tubing, their NYS certified staff provides a safe and fun experience the whole family will enjoy. Call to book your private lesson or tour of Lake Placid today!!! (518)524-9767