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***Whiteface/ Lake Placid review, please**

post #1 of 30
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Hello to All,
Just wanted to start a thread about skiing the Whiteface and about the area of Lake Placid.

Would be great for us and for all in the forum, if you can share your experience.

We are going in March, and few places have been recommended to us....

Place to stay: http://www.wildwoodmotel.com/ and also some other place close to the Whiteface.... I believe, it is called Whiteface chalet.

We did find some other things to explore>>>
skating at http://www.orda.org/newsite/togo/olympiccenter.php
and maybe try the bobsled run in the olympic village...

What about dining, ..any good place with tasty food and not so expensive???

Thanks to all......
post #2 of 30
post #3 of 30
Try the Golden Arrow in Lake Placid. Very nice. Walking distance to everywhere.
post #4 of 30
Lots of info here.

http://www.lakeplacid.com/
post #5 of 30
Lake Placid- the ultimate ski town

Whiteface- people either love it or hate it. I love it.

if you are going on a multi day trip, plan a day at Gore. It is around a 3/4 hour trip from LP and your multiday lift ticket is good there also.
post #6 of 30

Big Fan

I spent several years of my young adulthood in the Northern Adirondacks.

The best time to go is in March IMO.

Eat at Casa Del Sol in Saranac Lake. Try the house dressing. It is very ineresting.

The Cascade Cross Country Ski center has full moon ski touring where the trails are lit with candles in translucent paper bags. They have bonfires and snacks and drinks.

My wife and I have a building lot in Jay that is less than 12 miles from the lodge. We hope to retire there.

It is not that hard to get to vermont.
post #7 of 30
Only been to Whiteface twice but i liked it, even though it ried to kill me several times. With over 3000 vert it's as big as they get on the east coast. And it's real vert, no traversing really needed. The top is pretty steep and windy, hell a lot of the runs are pretty steep. My first time wasn't in the greatest conditions. Very cold, windy and icy. You never know what you are going to get there. Sharpen those edges. You will find some of the best and fastest skiers there. Nice town to hang around as well. Visited the Olympic park, ski jump area. Pretty cool going up in the tower. Lot's to do and see there. Didn't get to do the bobsled run but I hear it'a a blast. Conditions should be good . Check their forum.
post #8 of 30
Bring your warmest ski gear (arctic expedition rated) and make sure your skis are very sharp. I love Whiteface but damn its cold. I stayed right in the middle of town at the NorthWoods Inn, cheap place that has nice dining and live music as well.
post #9 of 30

Whiteface end of March

Am wanting to head up to Whiteface the last week March, will it be too late (web page says closing date is April 15 or so but is it all slush and rocks at that point)? Never been skiing north of PA but all the positive remarks about Whiteface seem like it's the place to go, by far. Any suggestions for how many days, 2 or 3 (kinda on a tight budget) and whether to stay in LP or closer to WF? Thanks for all the contributions to this thread!
post #10 of 30
Im surprised that they will be closing that early considering how late winer arrived and how much snow they have gotten up there recently. Maybe they will stretch it if conditions hold. Its been a crazy winter I guess you will just have to see what the conditions are on a day by day.
post #11 of 30
anyone have any info or pictures of the Slides right now? What kind of shape are they in?
post #12 of 30
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Whiteface skiing

skiing WHITEFACE 2007
this must be fun
post #13 of 30
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Casa del Sol resaurant

Somebody did recommended here this restaurant... more info here>>>

Casa Del Sol Casa has been serving authentic Mexican food since 1978 under the same owner. Open year round starting at 4:30 PM. In the winter open four days and in the summer serve meals six days a week. Be sure to call ahead to make sure they are open on the day you want to have dinner there. Please be sure to bring enough cash since they don’t accept credit cards. Also, they don’t accept reservations. Enjoy their lovely authentic Mexican décor and excellent table service. Their tasty food awaits you. Also, they have a variety of refreshment beverages including Mexican beers, forty different tequilas and delicious Margaritas that are available to you. Do you have a sweet tooth? How about a Mexican dessert? Casa del sol is located at 154 Lake Flower Avenue, Saranac Lake, New York. (518) 891-0977
post #14 of 30
Whenever I've tried to go to the bobsled run, it's been sold out! So if you get up there on a Friday afternoon, go and book your run for the weekend! Otherwise, you might want to try and call in advance.

You guys will have fun, Lake Placid is a great town with lots of bars and things to do. I would recommend staying in Lake Placid over anywhere near Whiteface (I didn't even think there were places to stay on near the mountain). The town is more fun anyways- you can walk to everything.

Have a great trip!
post #15 of 30
Thread Starter 
some pic from Whiteface
post #16 of 30
Thread Starter 
Picture of Casa del Sol

post #17 of 30
Thread Starter 

Nortwoodlake Inn_ Lake Placid

I did find some reviews and pics of this Inn for all of you who do search for some accomodation in this area..
Share your experience



and some more about dining and the rooms, the one, I got, is nothing special.. but...dining place looks good...





Keep sharing your experience... good for all in the forum. Thankxxxx
post #18 of 30
Since i live in the St lawrtence River valley we Ski whiteface and do the lake placid trip regularly in all seasons. Placid is simply a terrific venue , all kinds of thing s to do ; great shopping on main st , good dining several place s have been mentione d also try Jimmy's on main st

try skating both on the indoor Olympic Ice and and outside at the Olympic speed skating oval . XC , Bob sleds and Luge @ MT Hoevenberg, Olympic venues . Visit the 70 & 90m Ski jumps @ Intervale

great place to stay is the Golden Arrow on Mirror Lake rigth on main st . You can walk the main st shops , catch a free shuttle at the door to Whiteface that runs on the half hr

Whiteface is REAL--------- the greatest vertical drop in the East nuff said

you'll find it all here plus see some really spectacular scenery --ENJOY
post #19 of 30
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picture links

noticed that the picture public sharing links do not work:
I try here links to other site.. let's see , if you can get the pictures for this thread...

Casa del Sol restaurant


Nothwoods Inn



dining in Northwoods Inn
post #20 of 30
http://www.artdevlins.com/
We stayed at Art Devlin's in LP last March for two nights, and the Golden Arrow for one night. The Golden Arrow has a hot tub, which is nice after a day skiing; but Art Devlin's was just as comfy; clean and well maintained, and the people running it were very nice. It was also more affordable, if that's a concern. Neat, with Art Sr.'s ski jumping trophies (tons of them) in the office; and homemade muffins in the morning.
post #21 of 30
Dont forget to drive out to the farm and see the real Olympic torch...or whats left of it.
post #22 of 30
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Art Devlin's motel

Art Devlin's... seen good reviews of this motel.
: no hot tub or pool to jump to after skiing and freezing your butt on the hill though...you wanna warm up your bones, so you are ready for apre's ski and or the next day on the slopes...
post #23 of 30

teasing a little, but I'd like to know

That's nice about the restaurants. How about the skiing?:
post #24 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by eyeski View Post
Only been to Whiteface twice but i liked it, even though it ried to kill me several times. With over 3000 vert it's as big as they get on the east coast. And it's real vert, no traversing really needed. The top is pretty steep and windy, hell a lot of the runs are pretty steep. My first time wasn't in the greatest conditions. Very cold, windy and icy. You never know what you are going to get there. Sharpen those edges. You will find some of the best and fastest skiers there. Nice town to hang around as well. Visited the Olympic park, ski jump area. Pretty cool going up in the tower. Lot's to do and see there. Didn't get to do the bobsled run but I hear it'a a blast. Conditions should be good . Check their forum.
Here's the top

post #25 of 30
Thread Starter 
Right, right ,skiing...
some recent pics of Whiteface and slides here ,for those just getting ready to hit the slopes... I do not think , it will be hard to find the mountain...unless you drink too much the night before,,, but then you won't ski too much either....on the other side.... to find a good place to drink , eat and sleep can be a challenge.., especially ,if it is your first time in the city/town.....

sure >>> coming to ski.....

slides


whiteface in it's beauty...
post #26 of 30
We are going Sunday for a couple of days. Forecast calls for 8-14 inches by Friday evening. (might be a little sleet thrown in for good measure. ) Anyway by Monday it should be great!

I will try to post some pics on the trip report when we get back.
post #27 of 30
Lake Placid is a fun town. We go there in the summer after camping up near Saranac Lakes and stay at the Golden Arrow. Nice pool, beach, and hot tub. Plus a good location for the skating rinks and strolling through town.

Whiteface is a boring mountain. I have skied it about 6 times and would not go out of my way to ski there again.
post #28 of 30
Thread Starter 
To "Skiboats"

You , guys, have fun on the slopes... and don't forget to share your skiing adventures on http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=52594

I hope, you won't get lost in all that snow.. and do not get your share of a freezing rain or ice pellets....that's today's forecast....
post #29 of 30
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February 2007 pictures from Whiteface

go here:

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=53424 ( a trip report section)

to see Feb2007 pics from a forum member

Thanks again and have fun on the slopes
post #30 of 30
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Our Trip To Whiteface Spring 2007

We loved to ski The Whiteface.
We did get a mix of weather to deal with, but enjoyed every minute of it.
It was raining when we arrived and snowing when we were leaving... and everything in between.

The conditions were mixed. The first day of skiing..mostly loose granular and ice patches.... just 24 hours later we ended up skiing in 12" of a fresh snow from top to the bottom.... turning into soft bumps all the way... not the easiest skiing... but definately much more fun than skiing the "ice" face of this mountain.

This mountain will change it's face from one day to another......

I have some pictures here... have fun skiing

Whiteface and sunny day...yesssss


from the gondola


view from the big Whiteface on the little Whiteface




the Slides...the "icy" slides of March 2007




The Ausable river ...snowed all night...got like 12" of a fresh snow....yupeeeee




Just have some fun.....
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