Easy riding for all ages By Suzanne Rowan Kelleher
Lake Placid Dogsledding
What: Every winter, when Mirror Lake freezes overâusually late December through Marchâdogsled rides are a popular activity in Lake Placid. Thunder Mountain Dog Sled Tours (518/891-6239) is a local father-and-son outfitter whose five Alaskan Husky mixesâMoose, Rocket, Musher, Atticus, and Moxyâtransport up to four people at a time across the frozen lake.
Where: Mirror Lake, behind the Golden Arrow Hotel in Lake Placid, New York.
When: Typically, late December through mid-March. Daily 10am-5pm. No reservation required.
How much: $10/person for a 4-and-a-half minute ride that makes a wide loop on the lake. (âThe ride was shorter than we had expected, but pleasant nonetheless. â)
How old: There is no minimum age to ride. (âWe saw many parents riding with their kids in front. Small children can be held. The sleds donât go fast enough for there to be any danger.â)
Need to Know: On an average weekend day, there might be a 10- or 15-minute wait. But on an extremely busy day, the wait could be significantly longer. (âOn the day we went, there were various school groups in town and everyone seemed to be waiting for a dogsled ride. We ended up waiting over an hour. Personally, I donât think itâs worthwhile if the line is more than 30 minutes long.â)
Donât Forget: Your video camera. (âThis is a quintessential winter activity in a beautiful setting, so capture it on film.â)
Verdict: A unique outing for the whole family, though a bit pricey for such a short ride. (âThis is a fun thing for families to do in Lake Placid, but it lasts less than five minutes. Still, overall it is a nice experience.â)