Winter is a very special time at the Lake Placid Lodge. The silent, snowy forest and the frozen lake make a magical landscape to explore on foot, skis or snowshoes — or to simply watch from a chair by the fire. The Pub is well-stocked with inclement-weather pursuits – billiards, backgammon, chess, cards – as well as food, drink, deep armchairs and a blazing fire. The Village of Lake Placid also offers a plethora of winter Olympic venues and activities.
Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing
Lake Placid Lodge has an array of snowshoes and cross-country skis for complimentary guest use. Wonderful trails start right at our doorstep, and we can provide maps and directions to any trail in the area.
The Lodge lights a nightly bonfire by the lake, no matter how deep the snow; hot chocolate and s’mores are served. More sophisticated beverages are, of course, always available.
Ice skates of various sizes are available; please ask the concierge.
Anyone holding a New York State fishing license may fish in designated trout waters, such as Lake Colby in Saranac Lake or St. Regis Lake in Paul Smiths. Ice fishing, however, is not permitted on Lake Placid. Please allow us to arrange for a guided trip.
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.
Mt. Pisgah, in Saranac Lake, is a small, family-run mountain that offers day and night skiing and snow tubing.
Olympic Oval Ice Skating
Skate outside on the Olympic Skating Oval where Eric Heiden won a record five gold medals in the 1980 games. Skating is available in the afternoon and evening. Click here for information.
Olympic Ski Jumping Complex
The ski jumps greets visitors as they enter the village of Lake Placid. The Jumping Complex hosts Nordic and freestyle jumping, training and competitions. Ride the chairlift and glass elevator to the Sky Deck at the top of the 120-meter jump tower. Click here for information.
Olympic Center and Museum
This is where “The Miracle on Ice” happened in 1980 when the United States hockey team was victorious over the Soviet Union and 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. Click here for information.
Olympic Bobsled Rides
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. Click here for information.
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. Click here for information.
Ride down the 50 ft tower and across frozen Mirror Lake. The Lake Placid toboggan chute provides all the fun! In addition, our sleds and toboggans are complimentary for use around property.
Dog Sled Rides
Climb aboard a sled pulled by a team of powerful huskies on Mirror Lake.