USA Today/10Best Readers Vote AAA Four Diamond Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid Second Best Ski Hotel in North America and #1 Ski Hotel East of the Rockies

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Mirror Lake Inn is owned by skiers and has skiers and riders in mind

Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa

Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa sits on Mirror Lake

“We are a family of skiers, and many on our staff hit the slopes of Whiteface Mountain and cross country ski on a regular basis. We like to think that we really connect with skiers and boarders and speak their language.” - resort owner Lisa Weibrecht

Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa in Lake Placid has had a long-time connection with skiers and riders. That relationship was amplified Friday when the AAA Four Diamond property landed in second place in the USAToday/10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award contest in the category of Best Ski Hotel.

The voting placed Mirror Lake Inn #2 in North America. Situated above the shores of Mirror Lake, it was also voted the #1 ski hotel east of the Rockies.

In the prestigious top 10, only Hidden Moose Lodge in Montana topped the Mirror Lake Inn, which has held the AAA Four Diamond distinction for the past 33 consecutive years. The seven-acre resort bested upscale finalists such as Rustler Lodge in Alta, Utah; Hotel Jerome and Little Nell, both in Aspen; Fairmont Chateau Whistler in British Columbia; and Stein Eriksen Lodge and Montage, both at Deer Valley, Utah.

“We’re very proud of the great job that our employees do to make the Mirror Lake Inn special and achieve this award,” said resort owner Ed Weibrecht.

“We are a family of skiers, and many on our staff hit the slopes of Whiteface Mountain and cross country ski on a regular basis,” added Ed’s wife and owner, Lisa Weibrecht. “We like to think that we really connect with skiers and boarders and speak their language.”

That is never more evident than the “decorations” that greet guests upon check-in. The Weibrecht’s middle son, Andrew Weibrecht, has won Olympic silver (2014) and bronze (2010) medals in alpine skiing. The medals are displayed and await the arrival of hotel guests at the front desk.

To emphasize the hotel’s ski theme further, Andrew conducts meet-and-greet events with hotel patrons throughout the year when he’s not in far-flung locations training or competing on the World Cup tour.

Currently, this native son of the second best ski hotel in North America is focused on qualifying for his third trip to the Olympic Winter Games, to be held in South Korea less than 80 days from now.

Mirror Lake Inn, an iconic landmark with 131 units, dates back to the early 1900s. It hosted the Norwegian delegation during the 1932 Winter Olympics. In addition to being a hotel for skiers owned by skiers, it also offers the complete package for winter enthusiasts.

All visitors will enjoy its world class spa and salon, updated a year ago with new sanctuaries, courtesy of a $1 million infusion. After a day on the hills and trails, it might be in order to unwind with a therapeutic massage, or a visit to the spa’s jacuzzi, sauna and pool.

Eventually, it will be time for dinner, where the Mirror Lake Inn offers three distinct options. The View Restaurant, AAA Four Diamond-rated the past 10 years, is Lake Placid’s finest upscale dining experience and gives the time-honored resort the only Four Diamond lodging and dining combination in the Northern Adirondacks.

Taste Bistro and Bar can be found adjacent to The View Restaurant. The trendy yet unpretentious Taste, with live weekend entertainment, serves elegant comfort food, led in wintertime by its famous steaming Yankee Pot Roast.

Lake Placid’s quintessential après ski spot is the hip and friendly Cottage Café, where the only thing better than the drinks are the skier stories that can’t be verified. The revelry overlooks the Cottage’s skating and hockey rinks on Mirror Lake, and includes a glass-enclosed outdoor deck and fireplace. You can enjoy your favorite beverage there, knowing that warmth is just a few steps away.

We suggest ordering the War Horse, an Andrew Weibrecht concoction, taken from his ski racing knickname. We’ll just tell you the beverage is cold and it’s tall.

To recover from a day in the Adirondack outdoors, guests might take repose in the Inn’s library and living room, sitting by a crackling fire, and making plans to do it again tomorrow, knowing at day’s end, one of the best ski hotels in North America – and the best east of the Rockies - will be ready for their return.

Other Mirror Lake Inn accolades include:

  • Top rated hotel, spa and restaurant in Lake Placid (TripAdvisor)
  • Top 10 waterfront hotels in the country (USA Today)
  • Number 8 best inn in the country (Jetsetter)
  • Top 5 resort in New York State and mid-Atlantic region (Conde Nast Traveler)
  • Best hotel in the Adirondacks (Adirondack Life Magazine)
  • Best Fall Getaways from New York City (Conde Nast Traveler)
  • Top 10 Magical Hotels for the Holiday Season (Family Vacation Critic)

About the Mirror Lake Inn

The AAA Four Diamond Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa is a luxury lakefront resort in the Adirondack Mountains. The Inn, Four Diamond-rated for 33 consecutive years, also offers both Four Diamond cuisine and casual dining options, with impeccable service amid awe-inspiring views. No property in New York State, outside Manhattan, has maintained the Four Diamond designation longer than The Mirror Lake Inn. It is the only property in Lake Placid that combines Four Diamond lodging and dining. The Inn's renowned Lake Placid spa pampers the body and refreshes the mind with a comprehensive menu of services. The inn is conveniently located one block from the unique shops found on the village’s Main Street.

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