Lake Placid & Adirondacks Activities Guide

Winter

A couple with a dog snowshoeing on Lake near High Peaks Resort

Ah, winter—when the Adirondack Mountains don their crystalline coats and Mirror Lake transforms into a shimmering expanse of ice and possibility. If you're yearning for a season of magic and adventure, there's no better place to find it than Lake Placid. Here, you're not just a spectator to winter's majesty; you're a participant.

December sets the stage with its celebratory spirit. Imagine strolling through the twinkling streets of Lake Placid, hot cocoa in hand, while holiday lights illuminate your path and the air is scented with the aroma of pine and wood fires. January follows suit, offering a New Year filled with new experiences. Whether you're a thrill-seeker, an explorer, or someone who simply appreciates the sublime quiet of a snow-covered landscape, Lake Placid has a winter activity tailored just for you.

Come February, Lake Placid isn't winding down winter; we're ramping it up! It's the month of love, and what better way to celebrate than by falling in love with a new hobby, whether that's paint and sip, forest bathing, or enjoying an après-ski dinner at our very own Dancing Bears Restaurant, a beloved staple on Main Street for over four decades.

Santa Claus in gondola at Whiteface Mountain.

December

December in Lake Placid is where holiday magic and outdoor adventure converge in a spectacle of twinkling lights and snow-dusted mountaintops. Whether you're seeking adrenaline-pumping activities or the cozy comfort of holiday traditions, Lake Placid offers a December experience that you'll treasure long after the New Year's ball has dropped.

Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll

Step into a holiday fairy tale that's bursting with joy at the Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll! Imagine a picturesque Main Street transformed into a radiant wonderland—every corner twinkling with sparkling lights, ornaments, and the heartwarming melodies of carolers. This isn't just a stroll; it's an immersive holiday celebration that captures the true spirit of the season. From festive activities for the little ones to artisanal holiday markets for those perfect gifts, the Village Stroll offers something magical for everyone. Add to this magical atmosphere a dash of live music: On December 9, from 5 PM to 8 PM, Lake House at High Peaks Resort will be hosting the local sensation, Double Axel. It's holiday cheer amplified! So, put on your coziest scarf and join us for a jubilant experience that's sure to fill your season with holly-jolly cheer!

Adirondack Foot Sanctuary

Embark on a holiday escape filled with warmth and romance at the Adirondack Foot Sanctuary, a must-visit spot for couples seeking a cozy winter retreat in Lake Placid. Imagine you and your loved one stepping into a sanctuary of warmth and relaxation, leaving the hustle and bustle of winter activities behind. Picture both of you seated comfortably, savoring a moment of tranquility as you enjoy rejuvenating foot soaks and gentle massages. The air is infused with calming herbal aromas, and soft, ambient lighting creates a peaceful atmosphere. It's a delightful respite that adds a touch of romance and relaxation to your winter getaway, leaving you both refreshed and ready for your next Lake Placid adventure. Leave feeling rejuvenated, with hearts as warm as the holiday season itself.

Paint & Sip at The Peaks Paintbar

This holiday season, bring a splash of creativity to your festivities with a visit to The Peaks Paintbar, where artistry and enjoyment go hand in hand. With afternoon sessions perfect for families, this paint-and-sip destination invites guests of all ages to pick up a brush, dive into a world of color, and create lasting memories together. Under the guidance of our friendly and skilled instructors, every stroke on the canvas becomes a moment of connection and creativity, making it an ideal outing for parents and children alike. With a glass of your favorite beverage in hand for the adults and plenty of artistic inspiration for everyone, The Peaks Paintbar is the perfect spot to unwind, laugh, and discover the joy of painting in a warm, welcoming environment. So gather your loved ones and join us for an unforgettable afternoon of art, fun, and family bonding this holiday season.

Wild Lights exhibit at the Wild Center covers the outdoor exhibit in Christmas lights for nighttime adventures.

January

January in Lake Placid brings with it a blanket of snow and a world of possibilities, transforming the Adirondack region into a pristine winter haven. From serene walks by the frozen Mirror Lake to the thrill of exploring snow-covered trails, there's a captivating blend of tranquility and adventure awaiting all who visit.

Cross-Country Skiing at Whiteface Club & Resort

Discover the magic of winter at its finest with a thrilling excursion to Whiteface Club and Resort Nordic Center, a cross-country skiing and snowshoeing paradise located just a short journey from High Peaks Resort and Lake House. Here, the meticulously groomed trails weave through enchanting forests and open fields, painting a picture-perfect scene of the Adirondacks in winter. Beginners and seasoned adventurers alike will find their hearts racing with excitement as they glide and trek across this snowy wonderland. And the cherry on top? Every stay at High Peaks Resort and Lake House includes complimentary admission, making your access to this captivating winter experience as smooth as the fresh snow underfoot. So, bundle up and get ready to immerse yourself in the exhilarating beauty of the season at Whiteface Club and Resort Nordic Center!

Wild Lights at the Wild Center

Step into a mesmerizing winter paradise at the Wild Lights exhibit at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY, where the magic of the season comes alive in an illuminating display of lights and music. Over 130 trees stand gracefully wrapped in vibrant lights, transforming the forest into a captivating winter wonderland, complete with a dreamy winter soundscape by Whatever Penny. The award-winning Wild Walk takes on a new life, adorned in tens of thousands of lights, offering a unique outdoor experience and endless photo opportunities to capture the magic of winter. Don’t miss the glowing “Hopscotch” installation by Patrick Dougherty, where imagination knows no bounds. When it's time to warm up, head indoors for hot drinks, delicious food, and interactive fun, including a nostalgic oversized Lite Brite, ensuring smiles and warmth for visitors of all ages. The Wild Lights exhibit is a celebration of winter’s beauty, creating lifelong memories and adding an extra sparkle to the season.

Sensory Snowshoeing with Adirondack Riverwalking

Recharge and reconnect with nature through Sensory Snowshoeing with Adirondack Riverwalking & Forest Bathing, a tranquil adventure designed to bring peace and mindfulness to your post-holiday season. This unique experience combines the gentle exercise of snowshoeing with the meditative practice of forest bathing, guiding you through the serene landscapes of the Adirondacks at a mindful pace. As you navigate through the quiet woods, your senses will awaken to the subtle beauty of nature, from the crunch of snow beneath your feet to the soft whispers of winter breezes. Led by experienced guides, this journey encourages participants to leave behind the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, fostering a sense of calm and presence. Embrace the opportunity to unwind, breathe deeply, and find tranquility in the heart of the Adirondacks with Sensory Snowshoeing.

Man at Whiteface Mountain downhill skiing overlook.

February

February in Lake Placid is a winter enthusiast's dream come true, offering a captivating mix of high-energy adventures and serene escapes amidst the snowy Adirondacks. From the thrilling descents of Whiteface Mountain to tranquil snowshoe trails under the stars, there’s no shortage of ways to embrace the magic of the season. Discover the unique charm and endless possibilities that make February in Lake Placid an unforgettable experience.

Empire State Winter Games

Get ready for a thrilling display of athleticism and winter sports mastery at the Empire State Winter Games, a spectacular event lighting up Lake Placid this February! Athletes from across New York State and beyond converge in this winter wonderland to compete, showcasing their incredible skills in a diverse array of sports ranging from skiing and snowboarding to figure skating and hockey. The air is charged with excitement as spectators cheer on competitors, creating an electric atmosphere of camaraderie and celebration. Whether you're a sports enthusiast or just looking for an exhilarating experience, the Empire State Winter Games offer a front-row seat to extraordinary feats of strength, speed, and precision. Dive into the heart of the action and witness the passion and determination that define this prestigious event. Don't miss your chance to be part of the winter sports legacy of Lake Placid at the Empire State Winter Games!

Alpine Skiing at Whiteface Mountain

As February graces the Adirondacks, Whiteface Mountain stands out as a premier destination for downhill skiing, offering a unique and unparalleled experience. With the highest vertical drop in the East, the mountain caters to a range of skill levels, providing challenging terrain for seasoned skiers while also offering gentler slopes for those newer to the sport. The varied trails, set against the stunning backdrop of the Adirondack Mountains, ensure every run is as scenic as it is thrilling. The month of February brings with it milder temperatures, creating optimal conditions for prime alpine skiing and ensuring that your time on the slopes is as comfortable as it is exciting. From the exhilarating runs to the breathtaking scenery, Whiteface Mountain in February is a testament to the distinctive allure of skiing in the Adirondacks and the perfect excuse to always pack your skis, even on a business trip.

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

Embrace the chill of winter and the joy of community at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, an enchanting celebration in the heart of the Adirondacks. This February, locals and visitors alike come together to revel in a spectacular array of activities, performances, and icy artistry, with the added twist of a family-friendly "Creepy Carnival" theme. Marvel at the stunning ice palace, cheer on the lively parades, and soak up the festive atmosphere that fills the air. With something delightful around every corner, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival offers a perfect blend of winter magic and communal cheer, creating unforgettable memories and showcasing the spirit of the season in full swing. Don’t miss out on the fun – join the celebration and make the most of winter’s wonders at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival!

This winter, don't just admire the snowflakes from your window—come catch them on your tongue. Swap your slippers for skis, trade your warm tea for a cold brew, and turn your winter daydreams into a Lake Placid reality. Ready to be enchanted? Book your stay now. This winter is going to be a season to remember!

Couple laughing over a glass of wine in Lake House great room at High Peaks Resort

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