Winter Travel Guide: Lake Placid Edition

Lake Placid
Lake Placid

Whether you’re looking for an adventurous adrenaline rush or a relaxing, nature filled vacation, Lake Placid is the winter destination for you. Located just five hours north of New York City, Lake Placid was the home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games and boasts a rich sporting history for nature lovers, thrill-seeking skiers/snowboarders, and history loving buffs.

Here are some of the top attractions you won’t want to miss.

Lake Placid Olympic Center (LPOC)

lakeplacid_abThe LPOC houses a variety of different venues including the Olympic Museum, multiple ice-surface arenas, and a new conference center. The museum houses original sporting equipment, skating uniforms, Olympic torches, several Olympic medals, and other memorabilia.

Perhaps one of the most memorable moments of the 1980 Games was the USA vs. USSR hockey game, which would later go on to be remembered as the “Miracle on Ice,” where a group of US college students and amateur hockey players went on to beat the defending gold medal team, ultimately winning gold two days later. Today the LPOC continues to host international sporting competitions and concerts.

If you’re interested in attending an event or receiving information about public skating sessions call 518-523-1655.

Whiteface Mountain

Whiteface Mountain peak viewed from the frozen Paradox Bay
Whiteface Mountain peak viewed from the frozen Paradox Bay

Perhaps the most common reason people visit Lake Placid is to hit the slopes of Whiteface Mountain. Located in nearby Wilmington, Whiteface Mountain is the 5th highest mountain in New York and one of the 46 High Peaks of the Adirondacks. On a clear day its summit offers 360-degree views, with glimpses of Vermont and Canada.

With 80+ different trails to choose from, skiers of all levels can spend the day hitting the slopes. However, if shredding some powder is not for you, take a ride on the CloudSplitting Gondola up to Little Whiteface Peak, elevation 3676’ and enjoy the breath-taking views.

For more information visit

Olympic Sports Complex

If riding down a mountain is not your cup of tea, but you still want that adrenaline rush, visit the OSC and take a ride on the icy tracks with professional bobsledders. Those who prefer to observe also have the opportunity to experience the bobsledders thunder across the ice at exhilarating speeds and cross the finish line of the 1932/1980 Olympic and Combined bobsled/luge/skeleton tracks.

Call 518-523-4436 for more information on the Lake Placid Bobsled Experience.

Olympic Jumping Complex Tour (OJC)

Visitors of the OJC can ride a chairlift up the base of the ski jump towers, take a glass enclosed elevator to the observation deck of the 120m ski jump and marvel at the heights and the views professional ski jumpers take in before propelling themselves over the distance of a football field. The top of the towers offers a panoramic view of the High Peaks and the OJC is open year-round to visitors and athletes alike.

Call 518-523-2202 for more information.

Lake Placid

A true nature lovers delight, Lake Placid offers beautiful scenery all year-round. Home to Buck, Moose, and Hawk Islands, Lake Placid is fed by springs and Adirondack mountain streams. Loons, osprey and more than 200 camps dot the shoreline, which offers great views of Whiteface Mountain and calm waters offer a great opportunity for kayaking/canoeing.

Main Street

downtown-lake-placid-nightIf you’re dreaming of getting lost in a Hallmark movie environment, look no further than a walk down Main Street. Located in front of Mirror Lake, it is easy to be taken aback by the beauty and calm of the Adirondacks. With countless eateries and shops, Main Street boasts a lively and beautiful downtown scene.

Visit Big Mountain Deli & Crêperie located at 2375 Main St. and try one of their 46 signature sandwiches, each named after the 46 “High Peaks.”

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Katherine Alexis Athanasiou
Katherine Alexis Athanasiou is a certified physician assistant and contributing writer to Long Island Weekly.

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