Lake Placid and Whiteface

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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Lake Placid and Whiteface

Peak Season: December to February; mid-September to early November

Lake Placid hosted the 1980 Winter Olympics and is a mecca for those who love snow sports. Visitors can ski, skate, snowshoe, tour the Olympic ski jumping facility, and bobsled on the Olympic track. In fall, the Adirondacks are crowded with leaf peepers.

Off Season: April to May; November

There is no real "off season" in the Adirondacks, though in spring and late fall, there may be hotel deals. Spring is for kayaking and fly-fishing. The only true dead time may be between the last of the colorful leaves dropping in early November and when Whiteface opens toward the end of the month.

Sweet Spot: March; June to September

Spring skiing is good at Whiteface in March. There are 3,000 lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks, making summer a restful time to visit, with kayaking, fishing, swimming, and shopping all available. If you want an Olympics fix, the Olympic Museum is open and uncrowded.

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