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Ski Experience - Whiteface Mountain

Lake Placid receives 170 inches of fine Eastern powder each year and has been a breeding ground for Olympic champions for decades, thus it is rightly regarded as one of the finest resorts in the East.

Ski Levels

Whiteface's windy slopes offer superb choices for the expert skier on Skyward, Approach, Empire, Essex, Upper Northway, and Cloudspin. Intermediates will find that they have all they can handle on Paron's Run, The Follies, and Excelsior. There's two separate areas of terrain for beginners and children to perfect their skills on, The Kids Kampus at Easy Acres and the Mixing Bowl.

Lake Placid is one the best Eastern ski resorts for children and first-time freestyle skiers. The Kid's Park on Bronze is a fantastic terrain park for kids to start on features that are suited to their size and skill level. They will find all sorts of child-sized bumps, mini-jumps, rollers, a mini-halfpipe, and even some safe PVC rails. Beginner adult skiers will want to head for the Lower Valley Mini-Park, which is a neophyte's dream terrain park, including mini-tables, small hits, rails, and boxes. The intermediate to expert skier has more artificial features than any other park at Lake Placid. The Bear Super Pipe and 79 Railpark is a fully enclosed railpark with multiple lines; Lower Thruway has multiple rails, table tops, hits, and many more challenging features; Brookside Park is an absolutely unbelievable world-class terrain park that will test any skier’s skills. Best of all, Lake Placid's Superpipe is the site of several international championship challenges.

Whiteface's Ski School is internationally renowned and offers famous courses for all ages and experience levels such as Parallel From The Start and the Burton Learn To Ride Program, as well as the Ski/Ride To Perfection Program. There highly trained professionals have the tools and techniques to help advanced skiers and riders master tough new tricks or help build confidence and the fundamentals for new skiers and riders. Whatever the obstacle, Whiteface’s ski school instructors are up to the challenge.

Après Ski

The Lake Placid area has some of the finest selections of restaurants you'll find at any ski resort anywhere. For guests on a budget, the best eateries are the Downtown Diner, The New Leaf, Chair 6, Mr. Mike's Pizza, Downhill Grill, Desperados, and the local favorite, the Caribbean Cowboy. However, fine dining choices are bountiful as well, including romantic slopeside dining replete with panoramic views of the stunning Adirondack scenery.

Guests at Whiteface Lake Placid have the amazing opportunity to careen down the mountain on the half-mile bobsled course or experience the Luge Rocket at Mount Vanhoevenberg Sports Complex. The site of two greatest Winter Olympics, Lake Placid is the place to live out Olympian fantasies. skate on the ice of the Olympic Speed Skating Oval or tour the MacKenzie-Intervale Ski Jumping Complex's chairlift and elevator ride to view the impossibly steep and long ski jump ramp. If those activities aren’t enough thrills, take a truly extreme toboggan run on Mirror Lake which has some eye-opening descents and milder hills for the kids.

Another huge draw to the area is The Saranac Winter Carnival and Ice Palace which are not to be missed. Each year since just before 1900, locals have volunteered to make a huge palace out of massive blocks of ice cut from the frozen lake. The palaces include throne rooms and chambers and now tower over 50 feet tall! The week-long festival has tons of fun and interesting activities and things to see.

A place that is impressive enough to host the Olympics not once but twice is going to be brimming with activities, sights, events and fun for all ages! A unforgettable adventure awaits you at Whiteface Lake Placid, which is closer than you think. The region is easily accessible by car from New York City, Buffalo, Boston, Albany and Toronto. They are conveniently located within 2 hours of three international airports; Albany, New York; Burlington, Vermont; and Montreal, Quebec. People who prefer public transportation can choose from either the Adirondack Trailways bus or Amtrak both of which operate out of New York City with stops throughout the Adirondacks.