Published on: November 9, 2020

Countdown to winter season in Upstate New York

Just to make sure everyone was paying attention, Mother Nature reminded us last week that winter is upon us in Upstate New York. A 10-inch snowfall got us thinking that skiing, boarding, skating, hockey and the rest are closer than we think in Lake Placid– This link opens in a new browser tab.

Whiteface Mountain– This link opens in a new browser tab, just 10 miles from the Mirror Lake Inn, is poised for a Thanksgiving opening, weather permitting. The Mirror Lake Inn is ready as well. Last season, we debuted a new onsite ski shop manned by Olympic silver and bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht, and his brother, Ethan, a former college ski racer. The concept was a big hit with guests, so this year, not only will we repeat the service, but have added a brand-new fleet of top of the line premium ski rentals from Head. No need to schlep gear from home – just reach out to Andrew or Ethan in advance for personalized, on property service. Then take your stepped-up gear and make an appointment to Ski With Andrew. If cross-country skiing is more your style, we can offer Ski With Andrea – that’s Andrea Henkel Burke, a four-time Olympic medalist in biathlon.

Saftey is the New Luxury

After a three-month closure in the spring, we reopened on June 26 with resounding success thanks to significant investments made by ownership in COVID health and safety protocols. A total of $500,000 was committed to hospital-grade Ultraviolet C light-emitting equipment, electrostatic sprayers, ceiling fans, hand sanitizers, thermal imaging, reception area separation, temperature checks, expanded outdoor seating and the staff training that accompanies all of this. Guest and staff safety continue to be mission one.

In recent weeks, we have undertaken more new concepts at the Mirror Lake Inn:

  • Three new outdoor fire pits will help you relax and warm up after a day in the Adirondack great outdoors.
  • A newly installed ice-skating rink will be located on our private tennis court.
  • Updated and ever-evolving COVID procedures, equipment and tactics to keep you safe and healthy.
  • 48-hour cancellation.
  • The Mirror Lake Inn app for iPhone and Android devices to facilitate remote check-in, keyless room entry and much more. 
Ride the rails year-round down Mt. Van Hoevenberg
Cliffside Coaster is a new offering in Lake Placid

Lake Placid Olympic venues have also embarked on significant updates to welcome visitors this season. For starters, snowmaking capacity has been enhanced by 150 percent at Whiteface; there is a new mid-station lodge; the Cloudsplitter Gondola has been refurbished with new motor drives and new gondola cabins; there’s a new chairlift at the Bear’s Den learning area.

Skiers and riders should note that lodge occupancies at Whiteface Mountain will be restricted to 50 percent, and ticket sales will be capped at 75 percent during peak holiday periods so please book ahead.

At Mount Van Hoevenberg, site of the Olympic Sports Complex, cross country skiers and snowshoers will see a significant snowmaking operation in play for the first time; there are new lodge facilities with access to the Nordic ski network as well as the sliding track (bobsled, luge, skeleton) and hiking trails; and the Cliffside Coaster, the longest ride on rails in North America, running adjacent to the 1980 Olympic bobsled track.

So with all of this in place, the stage is set for a safe, healthy and fun outdoor season. We thank everyone in advance for their patronage and compliance with COVID protocols not only at the hotel but in the village as well. As Mirror Lake Inn owner Ed Weibrecht stated during the summer, we hope that at some point to be able to relax some of these measures, but at the moment, our most important goal is keeping everyone safe.

We hope you and yours are in the best of health.