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8 Off-Mountain Activities for Winter Fun in Lake Placid

Published: 11/09/2018

High Peaks Resort is your gateway to the first "winter sports capital of the world," offering ice skating on frozen Mirror Lake, pond hockey tournaments, a toboggan chute that is a total thrill-ride, and unique winter adventures like dog sledding! Here are the top eight off-mountain activities in Lake Placid for your winter sports enjoyment.

1. Après Ski

Nothing caps off a day of skiing and snowboarding like a warm après ski drink or meal. Grab a bite and pint in Dancing Bears Restaurant, located on the Main Street façade of High Peaks Resort. Just across the street from us, The Bar at Lakehouse offers cozy ambiance and comfortable couches for enjoying a cocktail, a board game, and views of Mirror Lake and the mountains beyond.

2. Dog Sled Rides on Mirror Lake

Imagine flying across the ice with a team of sled dogs running ahead of you, tails wagging and happy barks filling the air. This off-mountain activity is as exhilarating as it is fun. It's also a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Tuck yourself in to warm blankets and curl up on the sled. From there, let your furry tour guides from Thunder Mountain Dog Sled Rides do the work. As they pull you along, gaze out at the stunning scenery around you. It doesn't get much better than this.

3. Ice Skating

Take a break from the downhill while staying active – swap your skis for skates! Ice skating is a fun activity for the whole family, no matter how adept you are. Head down to the Olympic Oval for one of their public outdoor skating sessions, or, once Mirror Lake freezes fully, step out onto Lake Placid's largest natural skating rink. Surrounded by frost-covered mountains and the lights of Main Street, it's the perfect activity for a romantic evening.

4. Snowshoeing

For those of us who don't love the idea of flying down a mountain, and lack the experience of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing is the perfect introduction to winter outdoor fun and for guests of High Peaks Resort and Lake House is can't get any easier! Snowshoes are available at the Guest Services desk for our guests' use.

5. Toboggan Chute

Lake Placid's Toboggan Chute is a winter thrill ride that will take your breath away. At the far end of Mirror Lake, near the village beach and boathouse, is a two-story-tall platform with a giant slide leading down to the ice. Climb aboard your sled alone or with a companion and let your youthful squeals fill the air as you barrel down and shoot out over the ice. Make it a friendly competition and see whose sled makes it the farthest! Sleds provided!

6. Shopping

Lake Placid's bustling downtown is perfect for a shopping stroll. Find Adirondack-inspired scents at Pure Placid or a cozy new sweater at Ruthie's Run. Take part in a wine tasting at Goose Watch Winery's tasting room or pick up a sweet treat at one of several confectionaries. Souvenirs, gifts, outdoor equipment, and more can be found up and down the street. If the cool air starts to pink your cheeks, pop into one of the cafes or eateries for a hot drink and a snack before you hit more stores.

7. Olympic Venues

Whiteface Mountain isn't the only former Olympic venue still in use today. Make time to visit the other Olympic locations, many of which still host world-class competitions. Take a short drive to Mount Van Hoevenberg and watch luge and bobsleds whiz by on the icy track. Don't blink or you might miss them! If you're feeling brave, you can even hop in a sled and ride down the track yourself. Meander through the Olympic Sports Complex, and take a seat in the rink where the famous 1980 Miracle on Ice hockey match between the U.S. and USSR took place. Ride the elevator to the top of the towering ski jumps at the nearby Olympic Jumping Complex. Enjoy the view and imagine what it would be like to ski down from that height. To put all the history into context, visit the Olympic Museum and learn more about the region's Olympic heritage and the 1932 and 1980 Winter Games Lake Placid hosted.

8. Cross-Country Skiing at Cascade

For Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, Cascade Cross Country Ski Center is a must-visit. Offering 20 kilometers of groomed trails, a full-service Nordic shop, and a rental outfitter, Cascade's cross-country skiing experience allows you to explore more of the Adirondacks on easy to intermediate-rated trails. Ski for the day and grab a bite to eat at Knicker's Bar & Restaurant. If you're lucky enough to visit during a Full Moon, don't miss Cascade's Full Moon Ski Parties, offering guests the chance to ski or snowshoe on trails illuminated by the full moon. Bonfires are set at intersections of the trails, providing a place to gather and warm up. Return to the lodge after skiing for live music and dancing. Book your Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe package and admission to Cascade Ski Center is included with your rate.

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