Published on: October 23, 2023

Winter in Lake Placid

Lake Placid – As we write this blog in late October, it’s one month to Thanksgiving, the temps are under 40 degrees, and we’re expecting snow flurries in the late afternoon. Perfect – it gets us in the mood to talk about the coming winter season.

Over the next six months, this region of Upstate New York will be ideal for those who are looking to engage in winter activities as well as enjoy accompanying events. It all gets underway when the ski and ride season officially opens at Whiteface Mountain on Thanksgiving weekend (or maybe sooner), and some cross-country skiing at Mt Van Hoevenberg. Both sites have added snowmaking firepower, so please keep them in mind for some early season recreation.

Skier cruises down Whiteface Mountain
Here’s Olympic silver and bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht arcing down Whiteface Mountain. He’s available to ski exclusively with hotel guests.

Here’s what the 2023-2024 season looks like for Lake Placid and the greater Adirondacks. Needless to say, the Mirror Lake Inn is perfectly located to access all of it.

October 26-29: Lake Placid Film Festival, starting with the sports classic Cool Runnings on opening night

In November, log on to the Olympic Center website for indoor ice skating as well as outdoor hours on the Sheffield Speed Skating Oval. Those schedules were not available at the time of this writing.

November 16-18: North American Cup, featuring the next generation of international sliders in bobsled and skeleton at the Olympic Sports Complex

December 8-10: Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll, a community weekend to get everyone into the spirit of the holidays. Enjoy Santa, shopping, skating and more

December 8-9: FIL World Cup luge. It’s the fastest sport on ice and features Olympians of the past and the future, also at the Olympic Sports Complex.

December 29-30: Adirondack Winter Invitational Hockey Tournament presents men’s college teams from Clarkson, Cornell, University of Massachusetts, and Arizona State

January 2-7: FIL Luge Continental Cup at the Olympic Sports Complex

January 5-7: ISI Figure Skating Competition at the Olympic Center

January 19-21: SuperTour Eastern Cup Nordic Competition (cross-country skiing)

February 1-4: Empire State Winter Games, the Olympics for athletes who train and/or live in the Empire State

February 9-11: FIS Ski Jumping World Cup brings the international high flyers to Lake Placid soaring at the Olympic Jumping Complex

February 26-27: New York State Public High School Championships in alpine and Nordic skiing

March 3-9: US Collegiate Ski Association national championships in alpine and Nordic skiing

March 3-10: North American Cup. These athletes didn’t get enough of us in November so they’re returning in March

March 11-16: US Junior National Nordic Ski Championships at Mt. Van Hoevenberg

March 22-23: ECAC Men’s Hockey Championships at the Olympic Center where the four surviving playoff teams will decide the conference title and a spot in the NCAA tournament

March 23-24: IBSF World Cup bobsled and skeleton racing to settle the season long World Cup crowns in each discipline

April 8: Solar Eclipse. Lake Placid is in the path of totality. Our village will be a prime location for viewing this once-in-a-lifetime event.

April 12-14: US Figure Skating National Intercollegiate Finals

Empty Olympic Rink
The site of the Miracle on Ice hosts hockey and figure skating action every winter

As you can see, it will be an active winter season here. We hope this has given you a head start on planning a trip to visit us.

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(Images courtesy Lake Placid Legacy Sites, ORDA)