Just got back from Can/AM Lake Placid. This year is a mess for a variety of reasons. First, this past weekend was the first event at the rink since Covid started. Second, the rink complex is under construction. Third, many of the hotels are limited due to upgrades, other bookings, and/or closures.
Yes, everything there is expensive from meals and drinks in town to merch to the fees. However, if you look at the total cost versus a stay to play tournament it isn't too far off. Lower your expectations for the meals. They aren't very good but they are edible and free.
Here are some tips: Bring a case of water, drinks, and snacks. Be prepared to walk. Parking sucks if you aren't staying in town. Don't expect to be able to get groups into restaurants.
We love it up there and had a fun weekend of hockey. I hope that we get to return again in a future season.