It’s undeniable that being a “ski bum,” or someone who cares more about hitting that fresh powder than working from 9-5, is ideal for students or recent grads, but what happens when work becomes inevitable? The answer: move to a “livable” ski town; somewhere that offers the perfect combination of work and play. Liftopia recently compiled a list of the top three livable ski towns in the East, as voted on by ski bums themselves, and it’s not hard to see why Lake Placid was included among the elite!
Lake Placid attracts winter sports enthusiasts with its proximity to Whiteface Mountain, its storied past (see: 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games), and the seasonal versatility that allows for so many adventures in addition to great skiing. Lake Placid also has “viable options for long-term careers”, according to Liftopia, which gives the village its “livable” element.
Photo: Â© ORDA – Dave Schmidt
With its regional airport, outlet stores, community college, great school system, vast array of dining options, and friendly, outgoing residents, Lake Placid has much more to offer than your typical winter weekend destination. Have kids to entertain? Liftopia cites “skating on the Olympic Oval, dog sledding on Mirror Lake, ice climbing in Cascade Pass, playing ice hockey or going ice fishing, hiking one of the Adirondack’s numerous peaks, paddling on one of the region’s plentiful lakes” or simply making a play date with one of the village’s many families as activities that could thrill the youngest members of your family.
So whether you’re a ski bum looking to make the transition into a new career or a family-oriented adventure lover, you should seriously consider relocating to Lake Placid where you can work AND ski (AND hike…AND climb…AND golf…AND swim…)