What to Do > Winter & Early Spring

In the North Country, we are blessed with exceptionally long winters. While some might not consider that a blessing, as skiers we truly appreciate the extra long ski season! Whiteface, the resort home to the Northeast’s tallest ski peak, regularly stays open well into April.

We purchased Warner’s Camp primarily due to its proximity to Whiteface Ski Resort. We absolutely love it here in the winter. Curl up on our couch and watch the ice float down the river as you warm up near the flames of the wood burning stove. Should you decide not to go outside at all, we won’t judge you! If you can brave the cold, below are our recommended winter activities.

Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

Whiteface Ski Resort (only a 12 minute drive) is our favorite place to ski on the East Coast. This is a serious mountain, with a decent variety of expert, intermediate and beginner runs.

The resort is huge. On any given day throughout the season, there are usually a handful of good runs open off Cloudsplitter Gondola. If you’re experienced, The Slides are an extra special treat.  These runs are only open during peak conditions, most likely in the spring. In general, the runs off Summit Chair are better experienced after heavy snow (which we do get a lot of up here). For beginners, The Bearden Lodge area is the perfect place to learn.

Aside from being a great place to ski, Whiteface Mountain also has some pretty decent food and drink options. We like to eat at Boule’s Bistro (downstairs at the Mid-Station Lodge). Order either the turkey club or the turkey stew along with a Dirty Adirondack IPA. You won’t be disappointed. At the main lodge, Taste NY serves up a good cheese plate in the lower area, while the Cloudspin Bar & Grill upstairs is a great spot for both lunch and après-ski drinks! They usually have live music around 3pm.

Rentals: If you’re only here for a day or two, you should consider simply renting at Whiteface as you’ll get more runs in; however, if you have time to run into town and are looking for a discount, Lake Placid Ski & Board shop offers great rental deals.

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Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

We have multiple options for cross country skiing in the area! Cascade Ski Center (17 minute drive) has a well-marked network of trails which you can explore either by skis or snowshoes, a truly magical experience! The lodge also has a charming bar and restaurant. Your other option is the famous Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Ski Center (16 minute drive). Both centers offer ski and snowshoe rentals at good rates.

Winter Hiking & Climbing

Hiking and climbing is a major sport in the Adirondack High Peaks region. If you prepare appropriately, the High Peaks are still accessible during the winter. Read more about what to pack and where to hike in the winter here. If you are in need of gear, check out The Mountaineer in Keene Valley (12 minute drive). This shop sells just about everything you’d need for winter hiking and climbing. You can book a guided ice climbing or trekking experience from High Peaks Mountain Guides.

One of our favorite winter hikes (that does not require any gear), is the short walk through High Falls Gorge (only a 10 minute drive from Warner’s Camp). Also on our list of things to do in the summer, the High Falls Gorge area on the Ausable River consists of a series natural gorges and waterfalls. The owners of this attraction have installed paths and walkways allowing you to see the falls from multiple angles. If you go in the winter, they’ll attach yaktrax to your shoes (making it easier for you to walk on the ice). You can likely see most of the falls in about 20 minutes, so this should be doable in your regular winter coat. We love this spot in the winter as it’s less crowded, and the frozen waterfalls are spectacular.

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Olympic Sites & History

The Lake Placid area is rich in Olympic history. Home to both the 1932 and the 1980 Winter Olympic Games. Many of the sites from the 1980 Games are still in use for professional and training purposes. You can ski Olympic runs at Whiteface and Mt. Van Hoevenberg, catch a hockey game at the Olympic Center where the Miracle on Ice occurred, watch a ski jump at the Olympic Jumping Complex, skate on the Olympic Skating Oval (in downtown Lake Placid), or ride down the bobsled track with the help of professionally trained athletes! The bobsled experience (also available in the summer) is worth the cost. A major adrenaline rush.

Downtown Lake Placid is a nostalgic village, dripping in wintry Olympic charm. A true winter wonderland. We absolutely love watching the sledding dogs prance across the frozen lake from the numerous lakeside bars and restaurants. Read more about our in town recommendations here. The above mentioned Olympic attractions are all within a 10-25 minute drive from Warner’s Camp.