Pathways to wellness are plentiful in the Adirondack Mountains’ jewel, Lake Placid. Speaking to the mountain village’s reputation for healthy living, Lake Placid is one of seven destinations worldwide selected to host the Olympic Games more than once, in 1932 and again in 1980. In the 1980 Winter Games, the youngest team in U.S. Olympic history beat the heavily favored Soviet hockey team. Known as the “Miracle on Ice,” the victory lives on as an inspiring testament to the American spirit.
Such is the magic of Lake Placid, 6 million acres of wilderness as breathtaking as it is accessible. Whether arriving by road, rail or air, the first breath of revitalizing mountain air is sure to let visitors know they have found home.
Groups looking for outdoor teambuilding opportunities will find them here, the home of the second-oldest Ironman race on the continent.
“We have everything here,” said Mary Jane Lawrence, chief of staff for the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism/Lake Placid CVB. “Everything you can imagine doing outdoors—we’ve got a lot of outdoors.”
Attendees can enjoy the 2.8-mile hike around scenic Mirror Lake independently at any time, or meet up with a group in the early morning for a guided walk.
Hiking options are abundant in other areas, as well. Attendees coming for an extended stay—or those returning for multiple visits—can learn a great deal about the region’s incredible ecosystem in exploring the Adirondack High Peaks, 46 mountain peaks connected by trails that weave through a beautiful landscape of fragile alpine wilderness.
Yoga practitioners can check out drop-in friendly Hot Yoga Lake Placid in the Placid Pond Plaza. The studio caters to a variety of yoga styles.
More adventurous groups visiting between late April and October can head out mountain biking or explore teambuilding options on white-water rafting trips through the Hudson River Gorge. The Adirondac Rafting Company offers comprehensive packages with experienced guides and all the equipment necessary for a memorable experience on the water.
Lake Placid takes pride in its Olympic history, and it shows. Chris Jarvis, director of rooms at Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa described the resort’s unique take on the theme.
“We work closely with ORDA, the Olympic Regional Development Authority, so we can offer Olympic-themed ‘Gold Medal Games Challenges’,” Jarvis explained.
Attendees team up to compete in events like bobsled, biathlon and curling.
Olympic training facilities abound, whether using the downtown Olympic Sports Center, where the “Miracle on Ice” game actually occurred, or the Olympic Jumping Complex, where in the summer, the very brave can experience what Lawrence describes as the ultimate Lake Placid adventure: extreme tubing.
“The jump is covered with a wet, special type of plastic matting,” Lawrence explained. “You’re in the tube, on the top of the landing hill. When you start, you feel like you’re going off a cliff because it’s so steep you can’t see. And off you go, down the landing of the ski jump, spinning and screaming the whole way down. I’ve done it once. I’ll never forget it.”