From Olympic heritage to exploring the underwater worlds of otters, this Presidents' Week in Lake Placid promises adventure, family-friendly fun, and lots of snowy selfies! Here are six unique ways to experience Presidents' Week in Lake Placid in 2020.
Olympic Games 40th Anniversary
2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, and the town is turning out to celebrate. From February 13-23, experience the Olympic legacy of the "Miracle on Ice," go for a ski with Olympic medalists, talk with Olympic hopefuls, and meet legendary Olympians Dan Jansen and Scott Hamilton.
American Cup Short Track Speedskating races are slated for February 14-16 at the Lake Placid Olympic Center. Watch competitors race five distances, from 500m to 3,000m, and experience the thrill and excitement of this winter sport. While you're at it, go for a skate on the Olympic Oval on Main Street. Open for public skating, the oval is where Eric Heiden won an unprecedented five gold medals and set four Olympic records at the 1980 Games.
The skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and Nordic skiing conditions are usually at their peak this time of year. The snow is deep and groomed on the slopes and on trails at ski centers, and in the backcountry powder days are now a thing. Whether you're carving fresh corduroy at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, just a short drive from High Peaks Resort, or exploring the trails at Cascade Cross Country Ski Center, experience the thrill of being outside and breathing fresh, clean air!
More Winter Sports
Lake Placid is the Winter Sports Capital of the World, which means this is one place guaranteed to offer winter fun. You don't have to be a downhill skier to enjoy the outdoors in winter. From pond hockey and ice skating on frozen Mirror Lake, to indulging in a spa treatment at the Spa & Salon at High Peaks Resort. Take advantage of our partnership with Cascade Cross Country Ski Center and explore groomed trails on Nordic skis or snowshoes.
Downtown Lake Placid Activities
Be close to everything when you stay at one of High Peaks Resort's three experiences. Our Waterfront Collection, Lake House, and the resort are right in downtown Lake Placid, and so are you! Enjoy strolling down Main Street, walk to dinner, and enjoy the festive fun of winter in a ski town. At night, the lake comes alive with cross-country skiers, hockey games, and the Lake Placid Toboggan Chute. This popular winter attraction shoots tobogganers down a 30-foot-tall platform onto the frozen ice of Mirror Lake. Sliders have been known to travel 1,000 feet across the ice.
Visit the Wild Center
Winter at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake promises all manner of adventures. Meet the center's animals, get a behind-the-scenes-tour, go ice fishing with a knowledgeable guide, and experience Wild Walk in winter. Don't miss the Otter Program, which includes encounters with the center's resident otters, Squirt, Louis, Scarlett, Roh-no-re, and Ta-wi-ne. A Naturalist will lead activities and a discussion about otters and their history in North America.
Arts & Culture Activities
Arts and culture experiences abound around Lake Placid. From Gallery 46 on Main Street offering affordable and high-end artwork by local and visiting artists, to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts' events and shows, discover how artists have been inspired by the beauty of the Adirondack landscape.