The first snowfall brings enthusiastic skiers and riders to Whiteface Mountain. Even though Whiteface is best known as the mountain with the highest vertical drop east of the Mississippi, Whiteface has a gentler side as well. With one of the best Kid’s Campuses in the nation, there is plenty of terrain for beginner and intermediate skiers. Throughout the season there are many World Cup events held at the various Olympic venues including Whiteface, the Ski Jumps and the Bobsled/Luge Track. For those that are looking for other activities, Lake Placid’s Mirror Lake is transformed into a frozen play area for winter activity such as pond skating, hockey games, cross country skiers and dogsled rides. For those looking for a backcountry experience, snowshoers, backcountry skiers and ice climbers have six million acres to discover.
Once April comes along, the locals are ready for the snow to melt and to put their skis away. With summer right around the corner, the time comes to shift gears and enjoy some new spring activities. With the rivers melted and flowing, locals and visitors alike enjoy fly fishing and river rafting, two popular spring Adirondack activities.
The Adirondack Fall brings a dramatic display of color, contrast and light. Many people fined this to be the best season for hiking and exploring Lake Placid & Adirondack wilderness. The temperatures are normally mild, and the majority of the summer crowds have gone. During this time, races including the Lake Placid Half Marathon and Whiteface Uphill races lure many athletes from outside the area. It is also prime time for beautiful fall foliage bike tours of the winding mountain roads and trails. Golfing is also spectacular at this time with marvelous views and marathon rounds on four local courses. As October rolls out and the leaves fall, it is time for hockey to dominate the area. Many tournaments and school games take place at the Olympic Arena, home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics in the heart of downtown Lake Placid.