A 4×4 Exhilirating Expedition Up Whiteface Mountain's Black Diamond Trails


This past summer, in the middle of August when the heat was high and the sun was out, we did a little exploring in Lake Placid New York in a 4×4 truck. On one of the only foggy and cloudy days we had during our trip, we took a 4×4 truck up Whiteface Mountain, including on many of the ski runs….even a few black diamond ones, which is a thrill to do this in the summer.  Since it was foggy, you won’t have the incredible views at the top, but thankfully we had perfect views from the top the day before when we took a ride via the gondola.

It’s a fun family activity to do — the adventurous experience takes you along rugged mountain roads, starting with a trek through a remote forest stand to a secluded section of the Ausable River. As you navigate the rugged terrain of our Olympic mountain, you learn a lot about the mountain, as well as the process of snow making from a snowmaker himself named Zach Snow — apparently his dad was the oldest snowmaker on the mountain and still works part-time. He had one fascinating story after another.

The views are spectacular and you get a firsthand view of the ski trails used in the Slalom, Giant Slalom, and Downhill events during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. Join us on our journey!



Be sure to read up on our other Lake Placid articles, including our reviews of the Foodie scene, Mirror Lake, a great summer and family travel guide to Lake Placid and the surrounding area, as well as the three resorts where we stayed: Whiteface Lodge, Mirror Lake Inn and Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort. Also read the post on bobsledding in the area – it’s a fast and exhilarating ride.

Renee Blodgett
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