Published on: October 21, 2022

Things to do in Lake Placid in November

Lake Placid – After a fall of beautiful colors in Upstate New York, when the calendar turns to November, we start counting the days to the great American feast known as Thanksgiving.

Around the Lake Placid Adirondack region, Thanksgiving weekend marks the official start of the winter season. By then, temps are dropping, snow is flying and gradually accumulating, and the Mirror Lake Inn’s holiday lights illuminate our seven acres.

But visitors shouldn’t feel they have to wait until the end of the month to take advantage of our activities. There’s plenty to do as you build up your holiday appetite.

What to do in Lake Placid in November – here’s our outdoor menu

From your base at the AAA Four Diamond Mirror Lake Inn, you can access the entire month’s to-do list.

One of the coolest experiences in November is the Cliffside Coaster. Located at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, this elevated ride on rails is North America’s longest coaster, one which allows you to control your speed.

Cliffside Coaster in Lake Placid
The Cliffside Coaster in Lake Placid takes you on rails alongside the 1932 and 980 bobsled track

On the other side of this venue, cross country skiers and snowshoers will find a 34-mile Olympic trail network for all ability levels. The site has a unique snowmaking system that allows staff to create artificial snow at higher temps, so don’t be surprised to find a few kilometers of striding in November. You may also make use of a brand new 55,000 square foot lodge at the foot of the mountain.

Just 10 miles from the Mirror Lake Inn on Rt. 86, Whiteface Mountain anticipates welcoming skiers and riders by Thanksgiving weekend. Keep an eye on their conditions report – if temps are cold enough for snowmaking early in the month, and forecasters supply some natural snow, there could be a pre-holiday opening.

Those who enjoy ice sports, bookmark the links for the Olympic Speed Skating Oval and the Olympic Center. Both have been modernized with new technology the past two years, allowing for outdoor skating earlier in the season. The oval is the site of American speed skater Eric Heiden’s unprecedented five Olympic titles in 1980. Skate on the same surface and brag about it later to your friends. The ice surface is just a mile from the Mirror Lake Inn at the opposite end of Main Street.

There’s more action at the Olympic Jumping Complex than high flying athletes sailing from the two jump hills. While you can’t participate in that sport for obvious reasons, take note of the Sky Flyer Zipline. You’ll be cut loose from the top of the landing hill, dropping parallel to the ground beneath you. This will give you a semblance of what ski jumpers experience as you quickly reach the base.

But there’s more at this location. Explore the eight-person Skyride Gondola and the ensuing 26-story elevator ride to the top of the HS 128 ski jump tower. You will literally be above it all, affording you spectacular views of the Northern Adirondacks.


What to do in Lake Placid in November – here’s our indoor lineup

There are Mirror Lake Inn guests who visit us simply for the relaxation that comes in multiple forms.

When the air is crisp outside, the fires are crackling inside. Our living room and library share the warmth of a two-sided Adirondack fireplace. Visitors grab a magazine, iPad or board game, and while others might be using their brawn outside, these folks are employing their brains inside.

Guest in steam room
Relax in the spa’s steam room

As this group cozies up on the main level of the hotel, others are found in our world class spa/salon/fitness center getting a massage, new hairstyle or getting in a workout. We will also find some of our patrons taking the low-impact, three-mile walk around Mirror Lake and working up their holiday appetites.

We talk about food at the Inn because on Thanksgiving Day, no matter how you spent it, all aromas lead to the AAA Four Diamond The View Restaurant and our bountiful Adirondack harvest buffet sourced from the terroir of the region.

Hotel guests will be able to book their party exclusively until Nov. 1, with seating from 4:00-7:30. Thereafter, The View will accept reservations from all diners on a first come, first served basis.

Finally, in conjunction with the above information, we suggest keeping track of Lake Placid’s weather to assist in your trip planning. Also, our onsite reservations team is ready to discuss various ways that you can optimize your stay. Just give us a call at 518-523-2544.