Insider’s Guide to Whiteface
The First Tracks program offers a free guided morning run. (Whiteface/ORDA)
New York's Whiteface Lake Placid boasts the greatest vertical drop of any resort east of the Rocky Mountains as well as the culture and mystique of having hosted two Olympic Games. The deep-rooted traditions and the Adirondack charm will make Whiteface a favorite.
Trails. Enjoy fresh lines when you reserve a spot with Guest Services for the free First Tracks guided run prior to the morning opening - runs on weekends and during holiday periods.
The expert Whiteface Mountain Slides offers 35 acres of sub-Alpine Adirondack Wilderness for a short hike from the Summit Express Chair.
Eat. For a mid-mountain break, the recently re-imagined Boule’s Bistro on the lower level of the Midstation Lodge features butcher block specials, hearty soups, and stews that will keep you going for a great day on the mountain. Après ski, hit the J. Lohr Cafe & Wine Bar for a glass of Riverstone Chardonnay.
Stay. In downtown Lake Placid, the Mirror Lake Inn boasts AAA Four-Diamond dining and lodging, and you might be able to grab an autograph or a selfie with the owners' son, two-time Olympic skier and medalist Andrew Weibrecht.
Play. Two-time site of the Winter Olympic Games, Whiteface Lake Placid will keep even the most energetic adrenaline junkie entertained. Try the Lake Placid Bobsled, Skeleton or Luge Experience with a team coach for a glimpse at sliding at speed.
Travel. The free Mountain Valley Shuttle service runs between Lake Placid and Whiteface with several stops in Lake Placid and Wilmington during the winter season.
Deals. Each month this winter Whiteface will be partnering up with community non-profit organizations for Give Back Sundays, where participating skiers and riders can receive half off of their lift ticket for their donation. February 5, show your registration for the MS SKI-A-THON fundraiser; March 12, bring a grocery bag of pet food and/or toys or at least 10 pounds of dry pet food - all donations go to the local animal shelter.