Lake Placid region, the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics sits between looming High Peaks and pristine lakes of the Saranac and St.Regis area.
Lake Placid was founded in early 19th century under the name of “North Elba”, in order to support the iron ore mining operation. After being discovered by rich and leisurely, the quaint village was quickly turned into a fashionable ski resort in early XX century under its new assumed name of Lake Placid.
Lake Placid is one of the few cities in the world that hosted the Olympic Games twice (St.Moritz, Switzerland, Innsbruck, Austria and Los Angeles are the other three). With an expansive infrastructure and a network of ski trails, Lake Placid is a mecca for winter sports, both amateur and professional. Whiteface, the Olympic Mountain, boasts the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies (3,430 ft/1,050 m) as well as 4,867 ft/1,483 m open summit with breathtaking 360 views.
Another not-to-be-missed attraction is High Falls Gorge, a stunning cascade waterfall spilling over the ancient cliffs and into a deep chasm carved by the raging flow of Ausable river. Take the catwalk through the gorge for the most intimate view of the falls in all their grandeur.
Hop on Adirondack Scenic Railroad from its depot at Saranac Lake for a fun-filled ride. Pay a visit to Lake Placid Olympic Museum, a keeper of the spirit and memories of the grand achievements of our sportsmen, including historical 1980 “Miracle on Ice” hockey game.
Experience Lake Placid region at its finest!