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Whiteface Mountain - Lake Placid

There are not many areas left in this world where one can experience nature so profoundly unspoiled as Whiteface Mountain, near Lake Placid. Encompassing a huge body of land within Northern New York is the immense Adirondack State Park. This park is a paradise of sparkling rivers, glimmering lakes, and majestic old mountains, making this region a popular vacation destination for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Adirondack is the largest State Park in the U.S. and is bigger than Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks combined. And thanks to its immensity there are many beautiful areas that make up the park, including Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Schroon Lake.

Olympic Games Two-Time Host

The village of Lake Placid has been the site of two Olympic Winter Games, the first one in 1932 and the second in 1980. Since then, the Olympic village has grown and expanded into a behemoth of winter sport activities. The Olympic center features ice skating, speed skating, hockey, and curling. The sports complex features bobsledding, luging, skeleton, and biathlon shooting range. And don’t forget the enormous Olympic jumping complex that launches skiers the length of a football field.

The ski stats are nearly as impressive. There are 283 acres of land, including 35 in-bounds double black wilderness skiing and 53 acres of tree skiing. There are nearly 90 trails divided as follows: 37 percent expert, 43 percent intermediate, and 20 percent beginner. The resort averages 200 inches of snow, but also has extensive, state-of-the-art snowmaking on 98 percent of its land. Most impressively, Whiteface Lake Placid boasts the biggest vertical in the East with 3,430 feet!

Off the Slopes

The area of Wilmington, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Keene Valley offer many different options for lodging and packages. Whether it’s a cozy B & B, a full-service hotel, a family run motel, a spacious and modern condo, a fully furnished vacation home or the lavish lodge, the area has an extensive selection of places to stay that are guaranteed to fit your style and your family's size.

Saranac Lake is in the heart of the Adirondacks and at the hub of activities. Lush forests, pristine lakes, and lofty mountains surround the village of more than 5,000 people. Selected as the “Number One Small Town” in New York State, Saranac Lake offers a multitude of winter activities, including skiing, skating, and snowshoeing. The Schroon Lake area is a four-season vacation paradise. Many lakes, ponds, streams, and mountains provide access to canoeing, boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, golfing, tennis, picnicking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and skating. Or, just relax and enjoy the marvelous Adirondack scenery.

For the alpine and Nordic enthusiasts, several of the best ski and snowboard mountains and areas are located in Northern New York. A visit to these spectacular areas will leave majestic images forever etched in your mind. The great deals on discounted lift tickets, ski and stay vacation packages and discounts on activities will keep you coming back year after year.

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