I loved "Snow Days" as a kid. And being an adult is no different!
The winter mornings of my childhood in rural Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, were spent with one ear cocked towards the radio, listening (often in vain) for the coveted Snow Day announcement. But when it finally came, oh, there was much rejoicing throughout the land! I'd immediately head outside to play in the snow. No matter how bad the storm, Snow Days were always the perfect day to play outside. The day would pass in a blur of sodden snow pants, red cheeks, and frozen mittens.
Now there's a chance for me and everyone else to recreate that amazing Snow Day feeling in one of my favourite destinations for outdoor adventure: Lake Placid, New York.
Lake Placid tobogganing takes place on a converted ski jump trestle. I believe its actual height is about 30' but let's just call it SUPER DUPER high! Riders pile onto a proper, old fashioned, wooden toboggan and head down an icy chutes and onto the frozen surface of Mirror Lake. Depending on weather conditions, some toboggans have been known to travel 1,000 feet across the surface of the lake!
In Ottawa, that means Beavertails, a deep fried, long, flat pastry that is drenched in cinnamon and sugar. In Lake Placid, that means heading to main street for a bit of window shopping and snacking. Some of my favourite stops include Saratoga Olive Oil (I love their Sicilian lemon white balsamic vinegar) the Adirondack Popcorn Company, and Temptations (for hot chocolate, plus savory goodies to compliment the balsamic vinegar).
I had an amazing time visiting the center this summer and taking part in their "Wild Walk", a tree top nature trail, complete with swinging bridges, a gigantic 'spider's web', and four story tree house. But I didn't get much time to explore the center's indoor exhibits and I think a Snow Day would be the perfect opportunity to do so. (Fellow winter visitors, take note: The Wild Center has limited hours in the winter so check ahead before you go).
I know Lake Placid has so much to offer in this regards and I'm eager for some overdue indulgence. It's time to discover it for myself!
Looking for more Lake Placid inspiration? These articles will help!
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This post was supported by ROOST. All research, writing, and opinions are my own.