Exhilarating Winter Activities at Lake Placid Lodge

Winter Activities

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. Of course, it can be equally as beautiful to watch from a comfortable chair by your fireplace. The Pub is well-stocked with inclement-weather pursuits like billiards, backgammon, chess, cards, as well as food, drink, deep armchairs and a blazing fire. You will also find a plethora of Lake Placid activities and attractions near our lakeside hotel.

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Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing

Lake Placid Lodge has an array of snowshoes and cross-country skis for guest use. Wonderful trails start right at our doorstep, and we can provide maps and directions to any trail in the area.

Snow Bonfires

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 Skating

The Lodge offers ice skates in a variety of sizes. Please ask the concierge for more details.

Ice Fishing

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. Please note that ice fishing is not permitted on Lake Placid. If you are interested in ice fishing, we would be happy to arrange a guided trip.

Downhill Skiing

At 3,430 feet, Whiteface Mountain has the longest vertical drop of any ski mountain on the Eastern seaboard. Whiteface is only a 30-minute drive from the Lodge and offer exceptional Lake Placid skiing for beginners and professionals alike. Families will appreciate the gentle slopes and child-friendly equipment, while experts will enjoy the challenging runs and wild terrain. Mt. Pisgah, in Saranac Lake, is a small, family-run mountain that offers day and night skiing as well as snow tubing.

Cross Country Skiing at Whiteface Club & Resort Nordic Center

Lake Placid Lodge now has access to Cross Country skiing at Whiteface Club! Learn more about hours and rental rates.

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. Learn more about ice skating hours and rates.

Olympic Ski Jumping Complex

The ski jumps greet 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.

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.

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.

Olympic Gondola

Take the eight-passenger Cloudsplitter Gondola from the base to the top of Little Whiteface. This 15-minute ride to 3,676 feet overlooks the Ausable River and Adirondack High Peaks. An observation deck awaits you at the top.

Toboggan Rides

Ride down the 50-foot tower and across frozen Mirror Lake. The Lake Placid toboggan chute provides all the fun! In addition, the Lodge also provides sleds and toboggans for use around the property.

Dog Sled Rides

Climb aboard a sled pulled by a team of powerful huskies on Mirror Lake.
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