Lake Placid, NY

crowne plaza lake placidDH, Snowboarding and XC Skiing in the spectacular Adirondack Mountains.

Downhill Skiers & Snowboarders LOVE Whiteface Mountain (site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Downhill events) which boasts the greatest vertical drop in the East (3430 ft). Whiteface is perfect for the seasoned skier yet provides a great day of fun for the beginner, too. If you’re looking for cruisers that leave your thighs screaming for mercy, head for the summit. Paron’s Run winds through trees and then spills into Excelsior for a three-mile run. If you haven’t stopped to admire the views, your quads are certain to let you know how they feel. Whiteface Mountain has long been home to some of the best alpine boarding in the East. Freestylers have been catching major air in the terrain parks for years and the half-pipe is lift served. That means you can pull as many 540s as you want and then ride back up in cushioned comfort to do it again, Whiteface offers a great ride for any boarder willing to try, and it just keeps getting better.

Cross-country Skiers and Snowshoers can tour the Olympic trails of Mount Van Hoevenberg and the classic trails of Cascade Touring Center. The Mt Van Hoevenberg trail system contains about 20 miles of looped trails built to international cross-country ski trails standards, and are designed for both recreational skiing and formal races. Mt Van Hoevenberg was the site for the 1980 Olympic Nordic Skiing & Biathlon events and is one of the outstanding Nordic Ski facilities in the East. The Cascade XC Ski area offers a more intimate trails system and connects with the Mt Van Hoevenberg trail system. The Cascade Lodge is a relaxing place for a really nice lunch, and they have a complete XC Ski shop.

Of all our trips, this one offers the most luxurious lodging: the Crowne Plaza hotel in the heart of Lake Placid. Aside from comfortable rooms with modern appointments the hotel has a fitness room, swimming pool and whirlpool spa, and there are many cozy lounge areas to sit and relax. Located next to the town’s famed Olympic Center (where the Miracle on Ice took place in 1980), a short walk brings you to Lake Placid’s Main Street where you can find interesting shops, a variety of restaurants and pubs, and enjoy a stroll through the town named by Ski Magazine as number one in North America for off-hill activities; our favorite is the Toboggan Run onto Mirror Lake.