Almanac: Lake Placid

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Lake Placid shack 0900

(All phone numbers are area code 518 unless otherwise noted.)

Getting There From New York City (5 hours): New York State Throughway (I-87) north to Albany, N.Y. (Exit 24); Adirondack Northway (also I-87) north to Exit 30; Route 9 north to Route 73; Route 73 to Lake Placid. From Boston (5 hours): Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) west to Albany; I-787 north to Cohoes, N.Y.; Route 7 west to I-87; I-87 north to Exit 30; follow directions from Exit 30 above.
Olympic Venues Whiteface Mountain, Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenburg (bobsled, luge, Nordic facilities), the Intervale-MacKenzie Ski Jumping Complex, the Olympic Center (hockey rink, museum, shop), Sheffield Speed Skating Oval. The Gold Medal Total Winter Experience pass ($39) buys access to all facilities and a bobsled ride. Individual rides: $30. Call (523-4436).
Diversions Tobogganing (Lake Placid Toboggan Chute, Wed.-Sun., adults $5; (523-2591). Also: dog-sled rides, ice-climbing lessons, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sleigh rides. Information available at the Visitors Bureau office near the main doors of the Olympic Center.
Lodging High-end, lakeside: Mirror Lake Inn (523-2544), Lake Placid Lodge (523-2700); Moderate and modern: Hilton Lake Placid Resort (800-755-5598), Lake Placid Resort Holiday Inn (800-874-1980).
Dining out Moderately priced, casual: Nicola's (523-4430), Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood Co. (523-1629), Jimmy's (518-523-2353), Artist's Café (523-9493), all on Main Street. Candlelit fine-dining: Averill Corning Dining Room at Mirror Lake Inn (523-2544), Lake Placid Lodge (523-2700). Fun and different: Fifties-themed Mel's Diner in nearby Wilmington.
AprÈs Ski The Lake Placid Pub and Brewery taps its own delicious brew; The Cottage at Mirror Lake Inn has splendid lake and mountain views; both offer full menus. Also: Dancing Bear Lounge at the Hilton.
Vital Stats Whiteface skiable acres: 211 including off-piste Slides terrain. Summit: 4,416 feet; vertical rise: 3,216 feet. Number of lifts: 10. Lift tickets: $46.
Information Visitors Bureau: (800) 447-5224, www. lakeplacid.com; Whiteface: (800) 462-6236, www.whiteface.com; Olympic sites: www.orda.com.