It’s the LAST week of our Adventure Through the Holidays Challenge! Can you believe it?!?! If you want motivation for 2017, be sure to check out our 365 Mile Challenge here. It’s going bananas and is going to be EPIC!
This week’s inspire-you post is by Elisa Rispoli (check out more about her here!) I love this especially because she writes about an area I am totally unfamiliar with. Also be sure to scroll down to check out our last two sponsors – they have been absolutely invaluable in our home this winter and we care SO excited they’re a part of this!
A Winter Adventure in Lake Placid, NY by Elisa
To the typical family, childhood milestones sound a bit like this: first word, first step, first tooth — to the outdoor family, childhood milestones sound a bit different.
Last year, when our oldest was four years old, he had some big ones. He climbed his first indoor rock wall to the top, skied and snowshoed for the first time, and hiked his first summit all on his own. That last one was not without the errant tear shed from this proud hiking mama. And, not particularly on purpose, most of these milestones were all achieved at our favorite family vacation spot on the east coast, Lake Placid, New York.
Whether you know of Lake Placid as the host of the 1980 Winter Olympics, or as the setting of an awful horror movie starring a giant crocodile, you really should know it as an outdoor adventure seeker’s playground.
The activities are endless, and are for all seasons! My husband, Matt and I are aspiring 46ers (46ers are hikers who have climbed all 46 of the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. Only 24 more to go!), so we hike in the Lake Placid area often.
During our last two trips out to Lake Placid in particular, we really were able to experience some amazing family activities that helped to create some of the best memories we’ve made during our outdoor travels.
Five must-do’s in the High Peaks for the Outdoor Family
1. Hike Cascade and Porter Mountain
This hike is like one stop shopping when in the ADK’s. Two high peaks down (only 44 more to go!) in one day, and some of the most breathtaking views of the mountain range that you’ll get. We put both of the kids in our Deuter Kid Comfort 3’s for this hike, since it requires a bit too much rock scrambling for our little guy. They were both comfy the entire six-hour round trip and enjoyed the views at the top as much as we did.
2. If you have a child who wants to hike on their own, be sure to hit Owls Head
This was our four year old’s first summit, and it’s a perfect hike that’s easy enough to do but still comes with a very rewarding view. If you are there during the summer season, strap a stand-up paddle board to the car and hit Cascade Lake on your way back into town. It’s the perfect place if you want some solitude, awesome surrounding views and a place to cool off post hike.
3. Ski (or ride) The Face
We thought we loved Whiteface Mountain for its gnarly altitudes and usual fresh powder, but we learned recently that the real reason to love it (as a parent) is the amazing kids program. Situated on an entirely separate part of the mountain, the Bear Den Lodge hosts your little non-skiers at its awesome Cub Camp and teaches your aspiring snow junkies to ski and ride at the impressive Snowsports School. One lesson later, and my little dude left with a new-found love for skiing and a new-found kid crush on his fun ski instructor, Megan.
4. Make like Cool Runnings and hit the track, bobsled style
There are so many amazing Olympic sites to visit in Lake Placid during Winter. The ski jump complex is definitely something to see, ice
skating on the Oval in front of the “Miracle on Ice” rink is awesome, but the one thing that should be on your Olympic Sports Complex bucket list is the Bobsled Experience. The kids were too small for this one, but this was a thrill that we knew we couldn’t miss out on. Racing down the Olympic track while a professional driver makes all your 90’s Cool Running fantasies come true (No? Just me?) … Yes, please!
5. Snowshoe or cross country ski at the Mt. Van Hoevenburg sports complex
There were so many things we loved about this activity. We took our first snow shoe hike with both boys in our packs, and then after a rest inside the beautiful lodge, we went back out with my four year old trying out his first pair of shoes. There was lots of falling and making snow angels, but everyone had such a great time. And, if you’re there on the weekend, check out the new Josie’s Cabin. A cabin in the woods that you’ll pass on trail, where you can stop in for hot waffles and s’mores by the fire, is always a good plan when your with your family.
Add ice climbing, rock climbing, dog sledding on the frozen lake, insanely delicious restaurants and beer to boot, and it’s not hard to see why Lake Placid is our go-to outdoor family fun spot when we are looking for adventure in the east. Happy Adventuring!
Win from Dry Guy and Sauce!
We know that whether your adventuring and skiing in Lake Placid, or Yellowstone it’s important to keep those boots dry and warm between adventures. We’re so excited to have Dry Guy as a sponsor as we wrap up our final few days of Adventure Through The Holidays. Because dry boots and mittens/gloves are so worth it! We have been using our Force Dry DX and Travel Dry literally every day around here. And we get to give one of EACH away!
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I LOVE Sauce. My kids and I were able to go and tour the factory in Bozeman this fall – they are small, take great pride in every product and everything is made RIGHT there. I picked up hats for my kids (not available online yet) and they wear them every day. You’ll notice them in most of our photos all winter long! One lucky winner is going to get ALL the following below.
Thanks so much for adventuring with us the past few months. Your photos have inspired and encourage us to get out during the cold, dark, busy holiday season so thank you!
Don’t forget you have until midnight on January 5th to submit your entry form to be entered to win some of the amazing prizes that we’ve been highlighting over the past few weeks.
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