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Lake Placid, New York

Situated in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid is synonymous with winter recreation in New York. It was the site of the first Winter Olympic Games on US soil in 1932 and continues to be a destination for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and nordic adventure. The local resort, Whiteface Mountain, has the largest continuous vertical descent on the East Coast (3,430 feet) and offers ample terrain opportunities to find new lines. When the snow melts, the trails around Lake Placid and the nearby peaks fill up with mountain bikers, runners, hikers, and backpackers. Lake Placid’s central location also makes it an attractive base for tackling the 46 High Peaks of the Adirondacks; many tick lists are celebrated and consternated at watering holes around town during the summer. The mountains may not be as tall as in the west, but there is plenty to do around this Upstate New York gem.


  1. Map of the Highest Points in Each of the 50 States

    Many have heard about the state highpoints quest and contemplated it over a beverage or two. An experienced mountaineer or even someone who is fit and very determined could do most of the peaks. You could even get a little help, like on Rainier where climbers often use a guide service. Denali in Alaska however, is in […]

  2. Map of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks

    Want to join a club where the only membership fee is bagging peaks? If you live in the Northeast and love to hike, then put this one on your to-do list. Each of the 46 peaks on this historic list is in Adirondack Park in upstate New York. Why is this list historic? Well, when […]

Featured Mountains in Lake Placid

Mountain Approx. Elevation
Whiteface Mountain 4,867 ft (1,483 m)
Street Mountain 4,166 ft (1,270 m)
Nye Mountain 3,895 ft (1,187 m)
Moose Mountain 3,871 ft (1,180 m)
McKenzie Mountain 3,822 ft (1,165 m)
Giant Mountain 4,626 ft (1,410 m)
Esther Mountain 4,240 ft (1,292 m)
Cobble Hill 1,778 ft (542 m)
Cascade Mountain 4,098 ft (1,249 m)