America’s First Winter Resort

We’ve been playing in the snow here for over 100 years!

Playing in the snow

Snow angels, Adirondack style

Residents and visitors have been playing in the snow in Lake Placid, New York since long before it hosted the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games. Though the Adirondack village had become a popular summer destination for Northeast city dwellers in the late 1800’s, Lake Placid’s winter sports history began with Melvil Dewey, of Dewey Decimal System fame and founder of the Lake Placid Club. Dewey refused to listen to skeptics, extending the Lake Placid Club’s season through the winter of 1904-’05.  By 1914, Dewey had garnered the support of the community as he succeeded in creating America’s First Winter Resort.

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