When I arrived in Lake Placid, New York, after a five-plus-hour drive in August, I was very excited to see Lake Placid itself. I was so excited that I erroneously assumed that the lovely lake in the town of Lake Placid (of which I had a great view from the High Peaks Resort) was Lake Placid. But no, it was Mirror Lake. I didn’t see Lake Placid until I went to the famous ski resort of Whiteface and rode the Cloudsplitter Gondola. This gondola ride, which is included in the Olympic Sites Passport, takes you to the top of Little Whiteface at 3,676 feet high. The views of Lake Placid from the viewing platform are spectacular! These were the beautiful Adirondack vistas that we had driven so many hours to experience.
We also enjoyed walking around the top of Little Whiteface and saw more great views in other directions. I’m sure that skiing around there would have been even more fun (although much colder as we were enjoying gorgeous weather in 70s.) Whiteface was the site of the 1980 Winter Olympics and it is the greatest vertical drop in the East at 3,430 feet. As we had our toddler in tow, we were just as happy to take the gondola back to the base (base elevation is 1220 feet) as opposed to skiing down the notoriously steep trails. And we had a lot of other Lake Placid adventures in store for us that day!
Comped but Never Compromised: This trip was hosted by ORDA (Olympic Regional Development Authority of New York), but I am free to write whatever I want.