Readers of Conde Nast Traveler say the Adirondack's finest is among North America's best ski hotels
Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa, in the Northern Adirondack Mountain community of Lake Placid, N.Y., continues to impress the discerning readers of Conde Nast Traveler with yet another distinction.
As ski season approaches, the publication's readers have placed the Mirror Lake Inn sixth (#6) among their Top 50 Ski Hotels in North America. In addition, as the top five are located in the western United States, the privately-owned Lake Placid property becomes the poll's top-rated ski hotel in eastern North America.
Just one month ago, the hotel, AAA Four Diamond-rated 28 consecutive years, was bestowed with the Readers Choice Awards #1 resort rating in the Northeast. The View Restaurant, located just steps beyond the Inn's front desk, has been designated a Four Diamond dining experience the past five years.
"To receive one such honor is quite an achievement," said Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa owner Ed Weibrecht. "But for us to back that up with another top award is really remarkable. We believe such distinction will not only help us, but I think it will enhance the overall brand of the Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain region."
Weibrecht further stated that it's a dedicated staff that enables his inn to achieve.
"We could not do this without staff that comes to work each day seeking to provide every guest with an unforgettable experience. This is at the heart of all that we do, and all the accolades that come to us."
Several such comments have recently been received by hotel management.
"We feel appreciated and special....thank you for making us part of the Mirror Lake Inn family." - D.A. from New Jersey
"Quality and concern for your guests stay is very evident. Keep up the superior service. Looking forward to a return visit." - M.B. from New York
In the 17th annual Conde Nast Traveler ski poll, there were six distinct categories, each with grades to 100. Mirror Lake Inn's average of 94 placed it ahead of such upscale properties as the Stowe Mountain Lodge and the Equinox Resort, both in Vt.; Stein Eriksen Lodge and Montage, both at Deer Valley, Utah; Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Ritz Carlton Avon, Colo.; Little Nell in Aspen, Colo.; Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada; and the Four Seasons in Vail, Colo.
"To receive such a distinction, especially as we enter a new winter season, will not only give our resort, but the area overall, a welcomed boost," said owner Lisa Weibrecht, Ed's wife.
"When you couple this honor with the kind of cooperative weather that has enabled Whiteface Mountain to make excellent snow in November and open early, the entire Adirondacks is on target for an outstanding season."
The Conde Nast Traveler methodology included the independent tabulation of over 46,000 responses. All candidates were rated on a five-point scale from poor to excellent in categories such as Rooms, Service, Dining, Location, Overall Design and Activities. Only hotels that received a required minimum number of responses were eligible for inclusion.
Mirror Lake Inn is a winter destination unto itself. Set in the charming alpine village of Lake Placid, the Inn is surrounded by the Adirondack High Peaks and overlooks Mirror Lake. Guests can enjoy complimentary snowshoes and begin an adventure with trail recommendations from the staff, or just cross the street onto Mirror Lake for an idyllic snowshoe or cross country ski experience.
Once Mirror Lake is frozen The Cottage Café, the village's après ski spot, creates ice rinks with music and lights for the exclusive use of guests of the Cottage and the hotel.
Inside the Inn there is always a roaring fire and friendly service to greet you, and on any given Friday night enjoy live entertainment from some of the region's best solo acts in Taste Bistro and Bar.
After an exhilarating day in the great Adirondack outdoors, Mirror Lake Inn's world-class spa stands ready to heal the aches with one of its signature massages.
In keeping with the spirit of the ranking, Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa offers attractive ski and stay packages that include complimentary local shuttle service to and from Whiteface Mountain.
Here are the complete results of the Conde Nast Traveler Ski Hotel survey.