Looking for a magical Winter Wonderland experience? Look no further than Lake Placid, New York.
From snow covered mountains, to sparkling lights along Main Street, Lake Placid shines in beauty all season long.
It’s the perfect winter town, whether you want to hit the slopes, skate on the famous Olympic Oval, or take a dog sled ride across Mirror Lake.
Hit the slopes
Looking for a downhill skiing adventure? Visit Whiteface Mountain for the greatest vertical in the Northeast. Whiteface Mountain is just a short drive outside of town in Wilmington, New York. Not wanting to drive? Take the shuttle service that picks up and drops off at multiple stops throughout Lake Placid (including across the street from the Golden Arrow.)
Whiteface Mountain receives an average of 201” inches of snow yearly, getting close to 230” last year! With 87 different trails there is something for everyone, no matter your skill level.
Not looking to ski but want to take in the views? Take a ride on the Cloudsplitter Gondola. The Gondola will take you from the Main Base Lodge to the top of Little Whiteface in fifteen minutes. At the top, an observation deck lets you take in the beauty of the Adirondacks. You’ll see Lake Placid and its namesake village, and the tallest peaks in New York State. You’ll also be able to see the ski jumps, Lake Champlain, and the Ausable River.
- Base Elevation: 1,220′
- Little Whiteface Elevation: 3,676′
- Lookout Mountain Elevation: 4,000′
- Highest Lift Terminus: 4,386′
- Highest Skiable Terrain: the Slides at 4,650′
- Peak Elevation: 4,867′
MOUNTAIN VERTICAL DROP
- 3,430 feet – The greatest vertical drop in the East!
- 3,166 feet – Lift services vertical drop
TERRAIN & SNOWMAKING
- Terrain by ability:
- 38% Expert
- 42% Intermediate
- 20% Beginner
- 99% snowmaking coverage using 335 snow guns and 40 miles of pipe (excluding the Glades and the Slides)
NUMBER OF TRAILS & SKIABLE ACRES
- Total number of trails: 87
- Total distance of skiing and riding: over 22 miles!
- Longest run on Whiteface: Wilmington Trail at 2.1 miles
- 288 skiable acres including:
- 35 acres of in-bounds, off-piste double-black diamond wilderness terrain skiing on The Slides (conditions permitting)
- 53 acres of glades skiing
- 1 eight-passenger gondola
- 1 high-speed detachable quad
- 1 fixed quad
- 2 triples
- 5 doubles
- 2 conveyor lifts
Whiteface Stats from https://www.whiteface.com/mountain
World Class Skiing
Is cross country skiing more your speed? Visit Mt. Van Hoevenberg for constant upgrades and world class grooming that make up trails fit for an Olympian.
Ski out to Josie’s Cabin for an authentic Adirondack experience. Food and hot drinks are served inside the cabin on weekends and for special events, plus s’more are available at the nearby fires.
Looking for something a little different? Check out Cascade Ski Center during a Full Moon – late night skiing meets bonfire party. Ski out to the bonfire, listen to live music, and enjoy some adult beverages under the full moon! Remember to dress warm and bring your headlamp! *These events are 21+
Other options for cross country skiing/snowshoeing:
Heaven Hills – great for skiing or snowshoeing .See blog for trails. Also great for your furry friend!
High Falls Gorge – 1 mile beginner/intermediate level snowshoe trail, or take an easy winter waterfall walk
Josie’s Cabin at Mt Van Hoevenberg
One of the most notable things about Lake Placid is the fact that it hosted two Winter Olympics. So when visiting, skating on the Olympic Oval is a must! The outdoor oval is rich in history and a memorable experience for everyone who takes a lap!
December 7 – February 28 (non-holiday) Holiday hours vary.
Thursday – Friday & Monday 7pm-9pm
Saturday & Sunday 1pm-3pm + 7pm-9p
Skate for free – One of the coolest things about Lake Placid is the fact the Mirror Lake freezes over allowing for a multitude of activities. Skating around the lake is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. The village of Lake Placid often clears the snow around the lake to allow for smooth loops. You will also see many spots cleared off for a game of pond hockey.
More Fun on Mirror Lake
Dog Sled rides are a favorite of many visiting Lake Placid. Just steps outside the Golden Arrow’s back door you can take a ride across Mirror Lake with Luna, Patches, and the rest of the pack for Lake Placid Dog Sledding. Pricing is $10 per person.
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Looking for an on-ice adventure? Take a ride on the Toboggan Chute where toboggans are sent down ice covered chutes from a 30′ high converted ski jump trestle! Depending on weather conditions toboggans can travel over 1,000 feet once they reach the frozen lake surface. The toboggan chute usually opens around January, but is very weather dependent. They have opened as early as December 26, and as late as February. The ice needs to be 10-12 inches thick before they will open, so no worries on falling through! Pricing is $15 for adults and $10 for students and includes the toboggan.