LAKE PLACID – Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, right outside the front door of our Adirondack ski hotel, just may be one of the best winter playgrounds in the entire country – so much to do and most of it free of charge. And now, with the recent cold weather, the lake is thick and safe.
Our authentic Adirondack experience starts with the two rinks that the Mirror Lake Inn staff maintains just outside the Cottage Café. How convenient. You can skate and play hockey (with nets) until you’re ready to drop. At that point, it’s time to pop off the blades and walk in for lunch and a beverage. If your timing is good, you might be able to dine in one of our Whiteface Mountain gondola cabins.
If the weather and conditions cooperate – and currently they do – our local Town of North Elba crew sweeps a skating lane around the perimeter of this beautiful lake in Upstate New York, offering a lap of about two miles.
Snow shoeing is great exercise. Stop by the front desk and get a pair free of charge – while they last, first come, first served. You are also able to cross country ski on Mirror Lake. Just walk your skis onto the lake, step into them and start striding.
We have two dog sledding services, one at each end of the lake. You can step on the frozen surface and easily reach both of these operators and not worry about parking. The pups are very welcoming and are specially trained for the job at paw!
Then we have the grand-daddy of all winter experiences – the Lake Placid Toboggan Chute – at the far end of the lake, adjacent to the public beach, and opening for the season on Jan. 14. Originally a converted wooden ski jump, the structure was razed three years ago and replaced with a brand-new metal chute. People just love this high-speed experience that sends sleds across the lake. Each winter, it remains arguably our most popular Facebook post. The town supplies the sleds.
Of all the activities mentioned, the only charges you’ll encounter are with the dogs (hey, they have to eat, too), and the toboggan chute, which is nominal.
When you visit our Adirondack ski hotel, you soon find out that while skiing and riding are the most popular activities, the entire winter experience is completed by this spectacular body of water that faces the inn.