The Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear, N.Y. (SLK) is 20 miles from Lake Placid and 30 miles to the ski and ride resort at Whiteface Mountain. SLK is served by Cape Air, which delivers commuter service from Boston.
On a larger scale, fly into the Albany International Airport (ALB) which brings in jet service from carriers such as US Airways, Continental, American, United, Delta/Northwest, and Southwest Airlines. ALB is a 140-mile drive to Lake Placid.
Lake Placid (LKP) has a 4,200-foot municipal airfield on the edge of the village. LKP has ground services for private aircraft. Call 518-523-2473 for arrangements.
Metro New York City guests routinely drive the five-hour, 300-mile trip to ski the greatest vertical drop in the East. The New York State Thruway and the Adirondack Northway - it's I-87 throughout - will bring you to Routes 9 and 73 for the final leg of your drive. Take Exit 30 off the Adirondack Northway and turn left. You will encounter a Y-intersection after 16 miles. Depending on your first stop, bear left and go 14 miles to Lake Placid, or veer right and head 10 miles to Whiteface.
It's the same time and distance from Boston. Use the westbound Massachusetts Turnpike to Albany, go North on I-87 to Exit 30 and turn left. You will encounter a Y-intersection after 16 miles,. Bear left and go 14 miles to Lake Placid, or veer right and head 10 miles to Whiteface.
Montreal snowsports enthusiasts are two and a half hours from Lake Placid, and 15 minutes closer to Whiteface. You should drive South on Route 15 which changes to I-87 on the U.S. side of the border. Take Exit 34 off I-87 and follow signs to Whiteface and Lake Placid. Turn left at the exit, and head into AuSable Forks. Turn left again at the flashing light, and drive to Jay. From there, signage will enable you to turn right to Wilmington, home of Whiteface Mountain. Turn left at the four corners intersection in Wilmington onto Route 86 and go three miles to Whiteface. Proceed another seven miles on Route 86 directly into Lake Placid.
There is no official transport system or shuttles from any of these airports that serve the Olympic region in which Whiteface and Lake Placid are situated. Taxis and car rentals are your best bet.
Amtrak brings daily service into Westport, located 40 miles from Lake Placid. Ground Force Limo (518-523-0294) and Mountain Taxi (518-962-2977) are ready to deliver guests to Lake Placid.
An efficient bus service operates from December through March. The bus, which runs continuously, makes 10 stops in Lake Placid and one in Wilmington. It offers service to the base of the mountain. Multiple busses are in service during holiday periods.
Taxi & Limo:
Ground Force Limo (518-523-0294; www.groundforce1.net)
Rick's Taxi (518-523-4741)
Corrow's Taxi (518-523-9091)