A long private driveway winds through pine forests and opens to an alpine meadow offering stunning mountain views. The chalet, in the Swiss Alpine tradition, has 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, and 3 fireplaces. Built to exacting standards by Olympic Figure Skating Coach and Hall of Famer Gustav Lussi, father of Ice Dancing. A large deck, perfect for summer entertaining, overlooks the spring-fed, deep water pond, which offers swimming, fishing and boat dock. Numerous outbuildings on 22.3 acres, including a charming guest cabin. Rare privacy 3 miles from the Village of Lake Placid.
History of Little Alps
Little Alps has a unique history in the Adirondacks and a close connection to Lake Placid's winter sports legacy. Hand-built in the mid-twentieth century by Gus Lussi, Little Alps was created with a vision of home, of Lussi's Swiss heritage, and today embodies the beauty of a chalet straight out of the Alps, just as its name indicates.
Before Little Alps was built, Lussi was living in New York City after moving there from Switzerland in the late 1920s. Missing his native country, the fresh mountain air and scenery in particular, Lussi relocated to Lake Placid and started teaching figure skating and, thanks to his love of dancing, quickly began developing what we know today as ice dancing.
Over the years, Little Alps played host to a variety of training figure skaters from all over the world, including Olympic champion figure skater Dorothy Hamill, when Lussi rented out the property as a lodge for skaters.
Little Alps Today
Fast forward 50 years. Little Alps has undergone some significant transformations while maintaining its beautiful alpine charm. Wiring, plumbing, a beautiful deck complete with towering stone fireplace, a guest cottage and more have been added as the property has changed hands over the years.
Alongside these changes to the Little Alps main house, 17,000 trees were felled to reveal the property's breathtaking views of the backsides of Street and Nye Mountains. The pond has been dredged to allow for fishing (even several Orvis fly fishing seminars), and winding trails were built around the property's 22 acres for outdoor activities ranging from cross country skiing and snowshoeing, to horseback riding and ATVing.
It's the perfect property for people who want to live off the land, according to current owner Lou Higgins. Small game inhabit the property, berries can be found all over its grounds, the pond can be stocked with fish for ample angling, and the expansive meadow leaves room for beef and other livestock to flourish.
Above all, the sense of peace, solitude and privacy at Little Alps is unmistakable. Despite its close proximity to the bustling village of Lake Placid, its tranquil setting lends way to feeling a world away. Envision this amazing property's potential and schedule a tour of Little Alps to see for yourself.