Welcome to Lake Placid, New York

The Details about Lake Placid New York...

The village of Lake Placid is 1,967 feet above sea level. Surrounded by the High Peaks of the Adirondacks including Marcy (highest peak in the Adirondacks at 5344 feet above sea level) Algonquin and of course, our regions own "Old Faithful", Whiteface Mountain. Lake Placid became popular as a winter resort in the beginning of the 1900´s and since then, Lake Placid has evolved into a four-season resort with boundless activities for all seasons. It is experienced a renaissance period beginning in the late 1990’s and has continued since.

What sets Lake Placid, New York apart from most all other resorts are the lakes -- clear glacier lakes. In fact, the village of Lake Placid water and supply system resides on the shores of Placid Lake. The population is approximately 2,600 to 3,000 year-round residents with the surrounding communities lying within the Township of North Elba increase the population to approximately 8,000 plus.
 

Traveling to Lake Placid, New York...

How to get to here besides the obvious car route? The Adirondack Regional Airport is located in Lake Clear, 16 miles from Lake Placid, New York. There are two paved runways, full instrument landing system, approach lighting, and high intensity runway lights for night operation. Taxis, limousine service, Hertz and Enterprise auto rentals are all available with pre-arrangements. Cape Air offers daily flights to Boston. Check out www.Flycapeair.com for details on the daily scheduled flights. Additionally, the Plattsburgh International Airport is one hour drive north. This airport is a popular choice with many locals who travel constantly as flights are operated by several airlines such as PenAir, Allegiant, and Spirit flying direct into assorted cities. For private flights there is another option as well being the Lake Placid Airport which is located about one mile from the village of Lake Placid. The Lake Placid airport is publicly owned and has a 4300 foot paved runway featuring air-taxi service with ambulance, cargo, freight, flight instruction, and scenic rides. There also is AMTRAK service into Westport, NY and Plattsburgh, NY with both locations about one hour distant to Lake Placid. Adirondack Trailways services the area from New York City.

Real Estate Options...

Lake Placid, New York real estate options are numerous. They include condominiums overlooking and also abutting the water's edge or town homes near or adjacent to golf courses. We have village homes within walking distance to restaurants, entertainment and shopping or homes tucked up and around the outskirts of town offering privacy and or views. There are waterfront homes on Mirror Lake, the body of water in which the village resides upon that does not allow gas motors. These homes offer easy proximity to the village Main Street and are situated on the well traversed Mirror Lake 2.7 mile walkway. Then, of course, Lake Placid is known for its waterfront "camps." The description "camps" is a loosely used term that can describe anything from a tent in the woods, to a grand, or venerable compound of an Adirondack style (architecturally speaking) designed home comprised of indigenous materials with separate guest cottages. Many of these "camps" are mostly boat access only and have caretakers who will oversee the opening and closing of the buildings. However, there are a number which are year-round access. Yet another option are fractional ownership guest suites located at the Whiteface Lodge ranging in size from 700 to 2300 square feet which have great appeal for those seeking no maintenance alternatives. An abundance of choices to satisfy many needs and interests.

What to do once you arrive in Lake Placid?...

Well, depending on what season it is the answer is quite a bit and it all depends on your physical capabilities. Keep in mind that Lake Placid New York has hosted the 1932 and the 1980 Olympics so we are sports orientated. If it is winter then get ready for action. The Olympic Regional Development Authority operates and manages the Olympic venues. ORDA manages the Verizon Sports Complex, which is the state-of-the-art combined track for bobsled, luge and skeleton. This track hosts international events such as the World Cup races but also training programs for future Olympians as well as bobsled passenger rides! There are also cross-country ski rentals, ski school for novices to expert and ski patrol with a 30-mile trail system. ORDA manages the 1932 and 1980 ice rink arenas for skating, hockey, concerts, the Speed Skating Oval, Ski Jumps, and Whiteface Mountain. So depending on when you arrive, there may be the action of World Cup Bobsled, Luge, Freestyle Skiing, or International Snowboarding events to attend. Contact ORDA at 518-523-4436 or orda.org for additional info and schedules of upcoming events that are a once in a lifetime experience. The village runs a hugely popular Tobogganing Slide on Mirror Lake, there is public skating on both Mirror Lake and Speed Skating Oval, and Dog Sled rides on Mirror Lake. Lastly, the main winter activity is alpine downhill skiing at Whiteface Mountain.

The seasons of Lake Placid seasons....If it is summer season then perhaps you will be here to watch the amazing Ironman Lake Placid USA Triathlon. The fittest athletes from around the world descend on Lake Placid, New York to participate in what must be the world´s most grueling race combining three segments; a 2.4 mile swim in Lake Placid's Mirror Lake; a 112 mile bike through the surrounding region and finally, a 26.2 mile marathon. If you are a horse enthusiast you will enjoy the Lake Placid Horse Shows over the course of two weeks of USEF AA-rated Hunter-Jumper Shows. These shows attract the top riders from around the world including United States Equestrian Team members with show entries typically around 1,400 horses. The Lake Placid Horse Show is typically held during the last week of June ending on July 4th with their $75,000 Grand Prix to be immediately followed by the week long I Love New York Horse Show that concludes with another sponsored $75,000 Grand Prix.  If you are a water sports enthusiast then rent a canoe or kayak and glide around Mirror Lake. Another option is to rent a powerboat on Placid Lake and learn to water ski or boogie board. You can also explore the State Campground on Moose Island or the Landing at Whiteface Mountain both accessed via boat. Hiking of course is legendary. ADK.org and adk46‘r are two sites to access for thorough info on hiking the 46 peaks of the Adirondacks. In short, we call it, 46er´s. The 46er´s are people who have hiked all the qualifying 46 peaks that are 4000 feet above sea level. It is a great achievement as my husband and I are three peaks shy from completing and then obtaining the title of 46er´s. Springtime is usually a quiet time unless of course you are a hockey fan. If so, the place is jumping! CAN/AM Hockey spends springtime in Lake Placid. It is also a typical time for "Camps" to open on Lake Placid. In the warmer months, it is an ideal time to take a tour on a tour boat which runs from the Lake Placid Marina located off Mirror Lake Drive. The narrated tours with the history of these "Great Camps" is entertaining.

The Lake Placid autumn season is spectacular with people coming from all over to "leaf peep." This is usually the busiest time for hiking as the views are simply stunning with all the brilliant colors as seen from the peaks. Autumn and Thanksgiving are synonymous as is the Stars on Ice Tour at the Olympic Center held annually the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Please visit my links page to obtain all the schedules of activities planned at the Lake Placid Olympic Center! Don't miss Whiteface Mountain hosting Oktoberfest which is a terrific day of German beer, food and music. Let us not forget fly fishing on the legendary West Branch of the Ausable River!