LAKE PLACID – The calendar has inched its way past St. Patrick’s Day, but in Lake Placid winter activities continue into April. Unlike many resort destinations which believe the end of winter is near, in the Adirondacks we’re still going strong and will continue to do so. When you couple our events with the activities that you can still do, our season can be viewed as endless.
RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES ABOUND
Don’t put those boards and skates away just yet. We plan on taking our recreation well into April. In fact, skiing and riding at Whiteface Mountain, a year ago, went until early May. We can never promise that will be the case each winter, but the 1980 Olympic Mountain will continue loading lifts and grooming snow for a number of weeks still to come. Daytime temperatures for the rest of March will be in the 30s and 40s, so we won’t lose too much snowpack this month. This will set us up for great experiences over late March and into April. And as the skiing and riding public starts to look away from the mountains and toward the seas, that can only mean you will have Whiteface mostly to yourself along with regional skiers and boarders.
Nordic skiers and snow shoers will be in the same situation. Late season opportunities are still offered at Cascade Ski Touring Center. The self-proclaimed Nordic ski hub of the Adirondacks has 20 kilometers of track, located on Route 73 just outside Lake Placid.
The Mirror Lake Inn’s sister property, the Whiteface Club and Resort, grooms trails on its award-winning golf course. These tracks will be available until Mother Nature shuts it down.
Also, those of you who enjoy your winter recreation under a warm sun, we recommend Mirror Lake, just outside the front door of the Mirror Lake Inn. Activities abound with dog sledding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, just plain walking, and when conditions are right, some beautiful ice skating. Access is free other than nominal fees to have Fido and his team haul you around the lake.
Under sunny skies, there’s no better experience than to enjoy Mirror Lake. The sun’s rays bounce off the snow and ice creating a comforting warmth. You might even be able to get an early start on your tan.
If winter hiking fits your agenda, just drive to nearby Henry’s Woods and Heaven Hill Farm. Merely minutes from our hotel and the center of the village, the idyllic experiences they offer will leave you renewed and refreshed. Spend as long as you’d like as each site has networks of trails to suit everyone, whether it’s on foot, skis, snow shoes or fat tire bikes.
An hour in either of these locations is great activity for the heart and the soul, not to mention what it will do for the appetite!
WINTER ACTIVITIES CONTINUE
Our winter lineup resumes March 22-23 with the ECAC Men’s Hockey Championships. The final four teams are Clarkson University, Harvard, Cornell and Brown, with the winner getting a bid to the NCAA tournament. Games are scheduled nightly in Lake Placid, which means you can enjoy any of the above winter activities and then get to the Olympic Center in plenty of time for the opening face-off.
Our winter activities continue on March 24 with Make-A-Wish Giveback Sunday, which includes our own Olympic silver and bronze medalist, Andrew Weibrecht. Make a donation of $10 or more to Make-A-Wish and get your lift ticket at Whiteface Mountain, or ticket for a Cloudsplitter Gondola ride, at a 50 percent discount.
Also, on March 24, skiers can learn race techniques from the three-time Olympian. Register to free ski with Andrew from 10:00 – 11:30, then compete in a recreational dual giant slalom race from 1:30 – 3:00 (yes, he’s in it!).
The cost to participate is $100 per skier ($75 for current season pass holders) and the free ski and race are limited to the first 50 registrants. Included in the registration is a lift ticket, free ski, race and post-race reception.
Moving from the mountain to the rink and ice track, Lake Placid hosts the Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp from March 31 to April 4, and the USA Luge Fantasy Camp from April 4-8.
Members of Lake Placid’s beloved 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team gather and mingle with recreational hockey players from around the country. The greatest moment in U.S. sports history is relived each spring in America’s most famous arena. This camp features practice sessions, a draft of players and a round-robin tournament…..not to mention an array of social festivities.
At Mount Van Hoevenberg, winter activities continue with the USA Luge Fantasy Camp, also held every spring. This is where Olympic medalists show you the sliding skills needed to negotiate your sled safely and comfortably down the track. You’ll reside at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, just like an Olympian. Coaching comes with video sessions and ample trips down the course. After the closing banquet, you’ll depart with a new appreciation for the fastest sport on ice.
The final event on the schedule is Whiteface Mountain’s International Pond Skimming Contest on April 6. The idea is to bring out your best costume, prep those skis and boards, and skim as far as you can. Register from 8-11:00; competition gets underway at 12 noon on the Bear Trail. Participation is free with prizes for everything from costume to distance, biggest splash to most original execution. Limited to the first 100 to register.
Whiteface Mountain winter activities continue:
–Saturday, March 23, 1:00, Grommet Jam
–Sunday, March 24, 1:00, Apple Butter Open, mogul competition
–Saturday, March 30, 12:00, Tower 10 Turn and Burn, banked slalom
Now that we’ve really reached the end of the winter schedule, we hope to have provided enough reasons for you not to pack it in just yet.