During Autumn Whiteface Mountain offers tons of great festivals and activities, including Oktoberfest. Put on that dirndl or your lederhosen and join the weekend-long festival featuring authentic German food, music and brews. And it’s not just for grown ups! There’s plenty of fun for the whole family, with great live music, dancing, and rides.
Santa’s Workshop is one of Whiteface’s more famous attractions. Opened in North Pole, NY in 1949, it is the United States’ oldest theme park. Stop by and get the genuine North Pole experience, complete with live reindeer, storybook characters, hardworking elves, and of course, Santa Claus!
Whiteface Mountain is the setting not only for fabulous skiing and snowshoeing in winter months, but in the months without snowfall it is an excellent place for hiking, rock climbing and more. Getting to the top of the mountain provides you with stunning views of the valley below, especially in autumn when the leaves turn.
If outdoor recreation isn’t your thing but you still want the stunning views, take a ride in the Cloudsplitter Gondola to the summit of Little Whiteface. Glide over the mountain’s ridges, streams and forests and take in the glory of the Adirondacks. When you get to the top, take in the gorgeous views of Lake Champlain, the village of Lake Placid, and so much more. Enjoy a picnic while you watch the AuSable River wind through the forest or just sit and enjoy the view.
Mountain biking is especially popular at Whiteface. If this is something you enjoy, check out the Whiteface Mountain Bike Park! There are 27 different trails, ranging from those appropriate only for the most expert of experts, to winding cross-country trails appropriate for any riding ability. Whiteface has the steepest vertical drop on the East, so if you’re looking to roll this is the place to go. Take the Cloudsplitter Gondola to the top of Little Whiteface to reach expert trails. For riders seeking less intimidating trails, a shuttle bus can be taken to your destination.
Of course no trip to Whiteface would be complete without checking out some of the Olympic sites. Get an Olympic Sites Passport to see them all. You’ll get to tour the Olympic Jumping Complex and go to the top of the jumping tower for a spectacular view. At the Olympic Center you’ll enjoy access to the Lake Placid Olympic Museum which will tell you lots of interesting information about the Winter Games held in Lake Placid in 1932 and 1980 as well as little known Olympic history and go ice skating on the famous Miracle on Ice rink. At the Olympic Sports Complex, take a tour of the bobsled/luge/skeleton track, and get to take a ride in a bobsled! There’s tons to do with this great passport.
High Falls Gorge is a wonderful place to spend a day. Traverse through unspoiled forests to discover nature at its finest. Four different waterfalls spill over the granite rock formations for a stunning, picturesque setting. The walk into the gorge is well marked with walkways and bridges, so no hiking is required and it can be achieved by most.
The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge is a great place to go for both kids and adults. Learn about the efforts being done to reintroduce indigenous wildlife to the Adirondacks, and about the wildlife still living there. Get close and personal with the Adirondack Wolf by going on their one mile educational hiking trail. Learn what YOU can do to help preserve this beautiful habitat and what to do if you come across an animal in the wild.
Ausable Chasm is open all year and is a site to see! Experience this beautiful canyon by raft, inner-tube, by foot, or even by rock climbing and by rope-bridge. In summer and autumn enjoy stunning waterfalls and streams and unique rock formations carved out over thousands of years , and in winter witness 150 foot icicles, and frozen waterfalls.