It’s sometimes hard to appreciate the size of six-million-acre Adirondack State Park. But its grandeur is hard to miss when you’re in Lake Placid, surrounded by the gob-smacking beauty of the High Peaks Region.
Towering Whiteface Mountain lies at the heart of it. It’s remote, and conservation laws of the State Park ensure that it’ll stay that way: the ski area has the East’s highest vert (3,430 feet) and least slopeside development (none). On the other hand, you’re not roughing it when you have Lake Placid nearby. The little mountain town that hosted two Olympics has charm and a sense of place that few resorts can match. Its streets glow with life on winter nights as visitors and locals bustle between its shops, bars, and restaurants, and the Olympic venues offer an unmatched variety of activities. Folks gripe about cold weather and icy trails. But chances are that first-timers will be too enchanted with the charms of Lake Placid to notice the chill. - Joe Cutts
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FAMILY EXPERIENCE Your kids will want to ride on the Olympic bobsled, so you may as well join ’em.
SCENERY Don’t be trying to admire the views if you’re skiing Cloudspin (the Olympic downhill). Try Wilmington Trail, a meandering blue run with similar vistas.
DINING The venerable Lake Placid Lodge remains the toniest address in town. (No kids under age 13.)
FAMILY ACTIVITIES Tobogganing down the converted ski-jump ramp onto frozen Mirror Lake.
DON'T MISS A visit to the Olympic stadium and hockey rink. Or a run down the Olympic bobsled track. C’mon, it’s Lake Placid!