It’s 46 high peaks, and surrounding lakes lend itself to superb hiking, rock climbing, camping, fly-fishing, and even golfing. For those who are more serious athletes, it’s home to the second oldest Ironman Triathlon in the U.S which is taking place this weekend.
Located in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks, Lake Placid is one of New York’s hidden treasures. It was originally founded in the early part of the 19th century to mine iron ore.
By the 1840s and 50s abolitionists Gerrit Smith and John Brown had bought up much of the land around the village and granted it to former slaves. This later became known as the Freed Slave Utopian Experiment.
In the later part of the 19th century Lake Placid drew the eye of the rich and famous who came to form what may have been the United States’ first winter resort, with the help of Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System.
This began the area’s long history with winter sports. By the 1920s, Lake Placid had a ski association, a ski jump, and a speed skating arena, and in 1932 they hosted the Winter Olympics for the first time.
The area’s connection with winter sports continued to grow, however it wasn’t until 1980 that anyone but the most avid sports fan had probably heard of Lake Placid. In 1980 Lake Placid once again hosted the Winter Olympics, but this time the entire nation was watching as the USA beat the USSR in one of the biggest upsets in hockey ever seen – the “Miracle on Ice.”
While the village certainly offers the secluded mountain top feel, it isn’t difficult to access. Commercial flights are available at several nearby airports, including Montreal, Albany, Burlington, and even into Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Saranac. Or you can fly directly to Lake Placid by air charter.Tags: Feature