A respite from bustling city life
This historic alpine village is set between the lakes and mountains in the heart of the Adirondacks. The rejuvenating atmosphere of Lake Placid provides four seasons of outdoor activities, or leisurely pursuits.
In the winter, ski slopes of famed Whiteface Mountain, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and tobogganing to name a few. In the summer, golf, tennis, boating, fishing, and hiking are just a few of the activities to be enjoyed while being surrounded by many peaks and wilderness areas.
Fast Facts about Lake Placid
Over 2,000 miles of hiking trails
Springtime is whitewater rafting season
46 High Peaks over 4,000 ft. tall
America’s Original Vacation Spot
The olympic Village
Rich history blends with lush natural elements in Lake Placid, NY. From bobsledding to mountain biking, there’s an adventure just waiting to be had, from the slopes of Whiteface Mountain to the facilities in the Olympic Village. Home to the Winter Olympics in both 1932 and 1980, Lake Placid is the heart of winter activities upstate.
Take a turn on the bobsled and feel your heart race around mind-bending turns. Tour the entire Olympic Village and stare down the 90-foot ski jump – if you dare. Boasting the largest vertical drop in the East, Whiteface Mountain provides all levels of skiers and snowboarders with the opportunity trace the trails that decided several Olympic races decades ago.
After the snow melts, Lake Placid transforms into an oasis in the midst of mountainous terrain.
Hundreds of miles of lakes, ponds and rivers provide open water for boats or paddlers. On land, hundreds of trails throughout the Adirondack range and several natural preserves give each hiker space to roam, and find a different perspective from each summit.
Cyclists take to the roads for a challenging terrain during warmer months, with rewarding views to keep motivation high through a grueling ride. For those cyclists looking to get off the beaten path, Lake Placid features an extensive network of single-track trails, thanks to the local Barkeater Trails Alliance.