Lake Placid and the Adirondacks
Lake Placid, Your Neighboring Alpine Resort
Visited a scenic Alpine village lately? Just an hour and a half from Clarkson, you'll find Lake Placid, a year-round resort with all kinds of entertainment, shopping, dining and recreation. The famed Olympic site in the Adirondack Mountains not only enjoys a spectacular setting, it also offers activities you won't find anywhere else, like wheeled bobsled rides and views from atop a former Olympic ski jump.
Having hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid is renowned for winter sports. The downhill skiing at nearby Whiteface Mountain is unrivaled in the East and regular roundtrip transportation to the mountain is available to you from the Clarkson campus. An Olympic flavor pervades the whole community. Olympic year-round training sites include not only the towering ski jump, but also luge and bobsled facilities. Recreational opportunities abound throughout the year, ranging from golf, tennis and horseback riding, to hiking, biking and sailing amid mountain splendor.
In addition, the village and the surrounding Adirondacks offer you a wide range of non-sports activities, from scenic plane rides to leisurely lakeside strolls. Go shopping — or just window shopping — at the numerous crafts stores, gift shops and art galleries. And watch for concerts, performances and shows by all kinds of artists and entertainers at the Olympic Events Center.
The Adirondack Park was created in 1892 by the State of New York amid concerns for the water and timber resources of the region. Today the park is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States. The boundary of the park encompasses approximately six million acres, nearly half of which belongs to all the people of New York State and is a forest preserve, constitutionally protected to remain “forever wild.”