Life in Lake Placid
Lake Placid is the unofficial capital of the Adirondacks. This historic town has hosted the Winter Olympics twice, most recently in 1980 when it provided the setting for the legendary “Miracle on Ice” men’s hockey semifinal game between the United States and Russia.
Today, it remains the epicenter of outdoor activity and culture in upstate New York. Lake Placid hosts dozens of sporting events year-round, including hockey tournaments, the Ironman USA Triathlon, and ski-jumping competitions.
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The people of Lake Placid’s are a wonderful mix of small business owners, athletes, and families. This eclectic population of about 3,000 annual residents, is united by a common appreciation for their beautiful surroundings and a passion for area’s vibrant seasonal activities. There are some amazing local restaurants and breweries, as well as great shopping in downtown Lake Placid.
Lake Placid High School is located in the center of town, next door to the Olympic Center. With an enrollment of about 200 students, this public school provides small class sizes and excellent opportunities for student-athletes
In the Summer
Despite being a world-class destination for winter athletes, many would argue that Lake Placid is at its best in the summer when the area comes alive with hikers, rock climbers, triathletes, mountain bikers and live music lovers. In the summer, the olympic training facilities remain open and visitors can ride the 1980 bobsled course and visit the site of the 1980 and 1930 ski jumping competitions. (Tip: If you’re a thrill seeker, check out the tubing at the ski jumping complex; riders reach speeds of 70 miles per hour and it is open in both the summer and winter.)
From swimming in the local ponds and lakes, to climbing one the Adirondacks infamous “High Peaks,” Lake Placid is truly a can’t-miss summer destination. At the end of a day full of activity, take some time to unwind at one of the amazing local breweries and restaurants like the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery or the Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood.
As the tallest ski mountain in the east at nearly 5000 ft., Whiteface’s 87 trails offer some extremely challenging terrain as well as a highly acclaimed learn-ski-area for beginners. This resort is famous as the site of the 1980 Men’s and Women’s Downhill, Slalom and Giant Slalom courses, and these trails same trails are now open to anyone who is up for the challenge.
In the summer, the mountain transforms into a world-class mountain biking venue and as the fifth tallest mountain in the Adirondacks, it is also very popular among hikers.