Dispatches from The Inn

Adirondacks to host ECAC Hockey Championships

ECAC Hockey returns to the Adirondacks Mar. 20-21

ECAC Hockey has announced the pairings for the 2015 ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship March 20-21 in the Herb Brooks Arena in the northern Adirondacks village of Lake Placid.

The event features Quinnipiac vs. Harvard and St. Lawrence vs. Colgate facing-off in the semifinal contests on March 20 starting at 4 PM. The two winners meet Saturday night at 7:30 for the championship and the automatic berth in the NCAA regionals.

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Adirondacks best hockey team seeks title

Lake Placid High School in the Adirondacks celebrates another hockey victory

A year ago, the Lake Placid High School boy’s hockey team, which competes throughout the Adirondacks all winter, reached the section final, only to lose to the champion Beekmantown Eagles in their quest to reach the state final four.

However, the Blue Bombers achieved a state title of another kind. With a team average exceeding 90 in the classroom, LPHS was declared the 2013-2014 scholastic hockey champion in New York State.

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The Adirondacks lift-served backcountry skiing is open

Skiing the Slides at Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks

The Slides are open. These are four favorite words for skiers and riders who frequent Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks.

Ski the Slides in the Adirondacks at Whiteface Mountain

Ski the Slides in the Adirondacks at Whiteface Mountain

A series of steep, narrow chutes, the Slides are open only when Ski Patrol deems them safe. This is expert-only terrain—35 acres of in-bounds, off-piste, double black-diamond wilderness skiing accessible by hiking from the top of the Summit Quad. A beacon probe and shovel are required to ski or ride the Slides.

On March 15, the Olympic mountain in the Adirondacks is celebrating a Shamrock Super Sunday, presented by Bud Light. Ski and ride all day for just $48 for adults, $42 for teens and $35 for juniors when purchased in advance, online, at www.whitefacelakeplacid.com.

After a super day of skiing and riding the east’s greatest vertical and the best in the Adirondacks, the party moves upstairs to the Cloudspin Lounge for Bud Light drink specials and games.

While at Whiteface be sure to grab your 2015-’16 SKI3 pass for Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, N.Y., Gore Mountain, in North Creek, N.Y., and Belleayre Ski Resort, in Highmount, N.Y.

The SKI3 pass is available through April 24 for just $759 for adults and seniors, $399 for young adults and college students and only $299 for juniors. Plus skiers and riders, who are 70 and older, can purchase the pass for only $210.

For those looking to ski just Whiteface next season, there’s still the very popular Whiteface Only Non-Holiday pass for just $459, when purchased by April 24. Get your pass now and ski the rest of this season free.

Don’t forget that all March long, it’s Springfest at the Olympic mountain. There’s a great lineup of events throughout the entire month to include this week’s NCAA national ski championships.

Other events include “First-Tracks,” every Saturday and Sunday, the Apple Butter Open, March 21-22; the Grommet Jam, Sunday, March 22; Maple Weekend, March 28-29; and the Whiteface Snoweater, March 28. Plus there’s plenty of music with the Cloudspin Lounge’s Rock the Face concert series.

For 24 consecutive years, readers of SKI Magazine have tabbed Whiteface Lake Placid number-one in the east for Off-Hill Activities. The magazine’s readers also named Whiteface their fourth favorite spot in the east for Après Ski and Nightlife.

The 2015 survey also tabbed Whiteface as the 10th top ski resort in the eastern United States. Whiteface also received kudos for Challenge (4), Scenery (No. 5), Character (No. 6), Dining (9) and Overall Value (No.10).

This spring, SnowEast Magazine readers chose Whiteface Lake Placid as their Overall Favorite Ski Resort in New York State and their Favorite Ski Destination.   SnowEast Magazine also voted Whiteface ninth in the east for Favorite Snowmaking.

To learn more about all of the activities and events taking place on ORDA’s Olympic venues, visit www.whitefacelakeplacid.com.