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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Winter in Lake Placid


3. What to Do
Before venturing outdoors, school yourself at the Wild Center, a natural-history museum in nearby Tupper Lake that opened in July. Living exhibits inside (including otters and birds) complement the hiking paths outdoors. Drive fifteen minutes outside of Lake Placid to get to the trails that set the Adirondacks apart from other mountain ranges. Follow signs for the Adirondack Loj Road to find the Adirondack Mountain Club. The helpful staff will map your hike according to your abilities as well as give you tips for the trail. Swap your hiking boots for skis at Whiteface Mountain, the largest vertical in the East. If it's too late or too early in the season to ski, test your intestinal fortitude on a mountain-bike ride down. Or how about a peaceful ride across a lake, led by canine beasts of burden? You won't have to whip the huskies yourself; Thunder Mountain Dog Sled Tours (518-891-6239) will mush you across frozen Mirror Lake.

Published on Nov 1, 2006 as a web exclusive.

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