Lake Placid spring activities are much closer
A bonkers winter season is coming to a gradual end. The Adirondacks did a complete reversal from last year, and snow sports enthusiasts were very grateful.
Sure, there is still lots of the white stuff in the backcountry for the intrepid. Considering the amount of snow that has fallen this season, you could actually ski at those elevations for at least another month, and probably more.
But for those more in tune with mainstream activities, we are nearing the end.
Whiteface Mountain has not closed for skiing and boarding, but days of operation have been trimmed. The Olympic Mountain is closed April 9-11, but will re-open April 12-14. It is possible that depending on weather and on-mountain conditions, it will also operate the following weekend.
Whiteface's "off-season" menu includes scenic rides to the summit of Little Whiteface in the Cloudsplitter Gondola, disc golf and mountain biking, all starting in June. And there is the stunning eight mile drive to the mountain's summit from late May to early October.
The skating oval in Lake Placid is closed as are the cross country ski sites at the lower elevations around Lake Placid.
The dog sled rides on Mirror Lake are gradually ending, and the horse-drawn sleigh ride at a local golf course has concluded for the winter.
The popular winter bobsled ride is morphing into the summer version on the lower half mile of the 1980 Winter Olympic track. The sled on wheels brings patrons down the course at speeds approaching 55 miles per hour. A team photo and souvenirs await at the end of the run.
Winter biathlon, on snow with parkas and warm pants, changes into the same experience in T-shirts, shorts and sneakers. The same venue also offers mountain biking on the idyllic layout at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
At the Olympic Jumping Complex, the artificial surfaces of the 90 meter hill are watered and athletes are able to train from May to October. Their summer distances are the same as winter.
The freestyle jumping hill, made of snow in winter, gives way in summer and fall to the kickers at the 750,000 gallon pool. This is where you'll find some of the top aerial and mogul skiers in the world perfecting the techniques they will present next winter. Watch them soar 50 feet in the air before plunging into the cushioned surface of the pool.
Away from the Olympic venues, enjoy golf at our sister property, the Whiteface Club and Resort, recently ranked by Golfweek Magazine as one of New Yor State's Top 15 courses you can play.
The hiker is surrounded by the 46 Adirondack peaks. Just pick one. And then another. Before you know it, you could be a 46er and enter the exclusive ranks of those who have reached the top of them all.
With the season starting April 1, fishermen have already been angling in the Ausable River, one of the best trout-fishing streams in the country. Mirror Lake Inn's front desk can arrange a private guide for you, or direct you to our Orvis fishing shop on Main Street.
Lake Placid's public tennis courts will be ready shortly as will Mirror Lake Inn's complimentary court at the hotel. You can also find courts, for a fee, at the Whiteface Club and Resort.
We've basically touched all the bases, but if we missed one or two, you get the idea. Spring, summer and fall are great times to contemplate a visit. Also, consider the fact that pricing is pre-season at Mirror Lake Inn and so are the village activities until mid to late June.
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Photo credits: ORDA (both)