Spring Activities

Spring is a wonderful time in the Adirondacks because visitors often have the vast forests, thousands of lakes, the little shops and sought-after entertainments all to themselves. The North Woods are just waking up from the long winter, the palette is a thrilling, pale green, and the sky is stitched with skeins of geese, flying home for the summer. And though the days are warm, Whiteface is often (as its name suggests) still white and the ski trails are open.

Guide Services

Adirondack Guides are available for hire and are invaluable companions on wilderness adventures. Whether fishing, hiking, paddling or bird watching, a guide can ensure you have a safe and extraordinary experience.

Hiking

There are thousands of miles of hiking trails throughout the pristine wilderness of the Adirondacks, from gentle, level paths to precipitous, demanding ascents. The famed 125-mile Jackrabbit Trail passes right by the Lodge’s front door. We will be happy to provide you with a trail map or arrange for a guided hike.

Mountain Biking

The Lodge has mountain bikes for complimentary guest use. Many wonderful nearby hiking trails are appropriate for bike use as well. We can provide a map so you can take to the woods on wheels.

Horseback Riding

Emerald Springs Ranch in Saranac Lake offers trail rides throughout the year. Both English and Western mounts are available for riders of all abilities.

Rock Climbing

The granite faces of the ancient mountains are a dreamscape for avid climbers and have become a respected destination for climbers. Local guides provide instruction for ice and rock climbing trips throughout the year.

Whitewater Rafting

A ride down the scenic and challenging Hudson River offers the ultimate springtime thrill. A local company has been running the rapids for years and presents a truly exhilarating and unforgettable journey. Most rafting is available from March to June, and the guides will provide transportation, wet suites, lunch, and rapids from Class 3 to Class 5.

S’mores

Enjoy a quiet dessert around our warm and vibrant campfire at the edge of Lake Placid.

Downhill Skiing

Whiteface Mountain boasts the longest vertical drop – 3,430 feet – of any Eastern ski mountain. Whiteface (about a thirty minute drive from the Lodge) is a truly exceptional place to ski: families will find gentle slopes and child-friendly equipment; aficionados will love the difficult runs and wild terrain.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Olympic Center and Museum

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This is where “The Miracle on Ice” happened in 1980 when the United States Hockey Team were victorious over the Soviet Union, and then went on to win the gold medal. Today the center has four operational rinks for hockey, speed skating, and figure skating. Also inside the Olympic Center you will find the Olympic Museum, with displays of equipment from some of the world’s greatest athletes.

Olympic Bobsled Rides

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Ride with a professional driver and brakeman down one of America’s only Olympic bobsled track in the summer and winter. Start at the half-mile and ride the famous Zigzag turn. Please see Guest Services for times and schedules.

Olympic Gondola

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Take the 8 passenger Cloudsplitter Gondola from the base to the top of Little Whiteface. This fifteen-minute ride to 3,676 feet overlooks the Ausable River and Adirondack High Peaks. An observation deck awaits you at the top.

Summer/Fall

Boating

Lake Placid is fabulous for exploring, fishing or simply cruising, and the Lodge provides a variety of canoes, kayaks and electric boats for complimentary guest use. An attendant at the boat dock will help you get underway and provide any instruction, directions, bottled water and snacks you might need. In fine weather, every evening we host a boat tour on our 35’ mahogany Hacker-Craft or the Lake Placid Lodge pontoon boat. Private champagne cruises are available at additional cost. You are welcome to bring your own boat; please note, however, that our dock space is limited. The Lake Placid Marina is nearby and can accommodate most launching needs.

Swimming

Lake Placid is one of the cleanest lakes in the nation; its spring-fed waters are completely replenished every few days. We kindly ask that you swim only in designated swimming areas.

Fishing

Lake Placid has an abundance of bass, perch and lake trout and is renowned for some of the best rainbow trout fishing in the state. New York State requires a fishing license, and our staff will help to arrange this for you if needed.

Guide Services

Adirondack guides are available for hire and are invaluable companions on wilderness adventures. Whether you are interested in fishing, hiking, paddling or bird watching, a guide can ensure you have a safe and extraordinary experience.

Hiking

There are thousands of miles of hiking trails throughout the pristine wilderness of the Adirondacks, from gentle, level paths to precipitous, demanding ascents. The famed 125-mile Jackrabbit Trail passes right by the Lodge’s front door. We will be happy to provide you with a trail map or arrange for a guided hike.

Mountain Biking

The Lodge has mountain bikes for complimentary guest use. Many wonderful nearby hiking trails are appropriate for bike use as well. We can provide a map so you can take to the woods on wheels.

Yoga

Complimentary yoga sessions are offered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8am throughout the summer.

S’mores

Enjoy a quiet dessert around our warm and vibrant campfire at the edge of Lake Placid.

Croquet

Our croquet lawn is located next to the entrance of the Main Lodge. For instruction or for badminton, bocce ball or horseshoes equipment, please contact our Guest Services Coordinators.

Tennis

The Whiteface Club, adjacent to the Lodge, offers an excellent tennis program, with eight hard surface and clay tennis courts. To reserve court time or arrange for private lessons and equipment rental, please see the concierge.

Golf

The Whiteface Club Golf Course is a challenging 18-hole championship course. Tee times are available from 7:30 am to dusk from mid-May through October. The beautiful, forest-edged course is open to the public, and Whiteface Club offers golf carts, pull carts, golf clubs and lessons.

The Saranac Inn Golf Course is located on Upper Saranac Lake, forty minutes from our property. The course is one of the oldest and most scenic in the North Woods.

The Lake Placid Club offers 45 holes and spectacular views of the Adirondacks. They have two 18-hole courses as well as a 9-hole course. The first of the 18 holes is the Links course, which offers more open greens while the Mountain course has narrower fairways.

Horseback Riding

Emerald Springs Ranch in Saranac Lake offers trail rides throughout the year. Both English and Western mounts are available for riders of all abilities.

Rock Climbing

The granite faces of the ancient mountains are a dreamscape for avid climbers and have become a respected destination for climbers. Local guides provide instruction for ice and rock climbing trips throughout the year.

Whitewater Rafting

A ride down the scenic and challenging Hudson River offers the ultimate springtime thrill. A local company has been running the rapids for years and presents a truly exhilarating and unforgettable journey. Most rafting is available from March to June, and the guides will provide transportation, wet suites, lunch, and rapids from Class 3 to Class 5.