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Whitefacee/Lake Placid 3/3/08

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Went for our annual trip to Lake Placid. Arrived Sunday at the Golden Arrow. Nice room, fireplace, whirlpool, two rooms. Very nice we have stayed there before. Great Location.

By the time we went to bed it was 9*. I had been watching the forecast and it was not to promising for our ski day, Monday, but oh well, we were here. At 7:00 am it was freezing rain as predicted. The parking lot at the hotel was like it was freshly Zambonied.

Loaded up the car, grabbed some breakfast and headed for the mountain. By the time we got there about 9:30 the rain had stopped. By 10:30 the sun had come out. As some of you know the surface at Whiteface can be very firm, even icy ( they don’t like that word). Well it was dynamite. Soft, very edgeable, tons of snow top to bottom. The skiing and day turned out awesome. A little warm for my liking, but still really nice. By 3:30 it was almost 50* and even with the right wax getting pretty tough. Nevertheless a great day was had by all. It was the first time I had all my kids make the summit. The girls were nervous going up, but smiling going down. There was an FIS snowboard race on Draper’s Drop. Dual GS. The kind of snowboarding that they were what looks like ski boots and are on a long board and do gates. They were fast and had a pretty good crowd of spectators.

I could never quite figure out why people park where they do at Whiteface. We always go to the Kids Kampus, end up in the second row of cars about 50 yards from a completely uncrowded freshly remodeled lodge and ski over to the main area.

Pete’s Steak House, pricey but very good. Jimmie’s 21 not so good. Did not care for it, but the waitress was nice.

Lake Placid is a lot of fun and we look forward to coming back.
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My family and I were at Lake Placid last week, from Monday to Friday. It was our first time there, and we were all blown away by how big the mountain is. We did not expect anything like it east of the Rockies. Add to that the beautiful scenery, great people, and smack in the middle of a six million acre state park (which means no condo developments, no Walmart, and the only fast food joint was a little McDonalds at the edge of town)....what's not to like? Great place, and only 5 hours drive from home (north of Toronto). We will definitely make this an annual trip.

Skiing last week was great -- got three days in. First day was snowing lightly and about 30*, with a big dump of fresh stuff that night. Next day was skiing on fresh snow all day, and very few boarders to clump it all up with their plowing. Thursday was cold but sunny, and the runs were packed fresh snow...awesome carving conditions. You could see halfway across Vermont from the summit, the visibility was so good.

Kids had a fantastic time -- the first gondola ride was scary for them (they didn't brave the summit; maybe next year), but after a whooping good run down Excelsior, we couldn't keep them out of it.

Ate at Nicola's in town -- good, basic Italian fare; wood fired pizza. Loved the Lake Placid microbrew, esp. the IPA and the UBU Pale Ale. Kids loved the Saranac Root Beer (their own favourite microbrew ).

I'll check out the Golden Arrow for next time -- sounds nice. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza, which was nice, but a bit impersonal. If you have any other suggestions for hotels or inns, let me know.



PS - We discovered the Kid Kampus parking too. No need to use the drop zone - it was only fifty yards from car to lodge.
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