Cliffside Mountain Coaster Opens in Lake Placid
The 1.4 Mile Long Coaster is the Longest Of Its Kind in the United States
Looking for a fun outdoor adventure? The new, year-round Cliffside Mountain Coaster – the longest in the country at 1.4 miles long – has just opened at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, part of the Lake Placid Olympic Sites. At over 7,300 feet long, the coaster travels alongside the 1932 and 1980 Olympic bobsled track, offering a thrilling and scenic ride.
“The Cliffside Coaster is a one-of-a-kind attraction at the newly transformed Mt. Van Hoevenberg,” said Mike Pratt, President & CEO of the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA). “We are incredibly excited to give our guests this exhilarating experience. The coaster follows the alignment of the 1932 & 1980 Olympic Bobsled track as it descends the mountain. The views are amazing, and the curves get your heart pounding.”
Riders each drive their own individual carts along the bobsled track (there is an option to have one child as a passenger) and can control their own speed as they zip down the mountain. There’s also a cool audio commentary narrated by sportscaster John Morgan (who had a cameo in 1993’s Cool Runnings) that talks about the sport of bobsledding and the 1980 Winter Olympics.
The coaster is open 11AM-4PM on weekends only, and visitors must purchase time-and-date-specific tickets online to accommodate capacity restrictions from COVID-19. Tickets cost $55 for drivers (must be at least 9 to drive), plus an additional $10 for child passengers. The venue is sanitizing carts between guests and following all New York State health protocols; masks are required.
Others attractions at ORDA include:
- Sky Flyer Zipline at the Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumping Complex
- New eight-person, ADA-compliant gondola
- Newly-renovated glass-enclosed elevator, and
- New frost rail systems on the 90M and 120M ski jumps at the complex and the Mountain Pass Lodge, featuring a state-of-the-art indoor bobsled and skeleton start track, a 30-point biathlon range, 5km of newly built Nordic trails with a 3-million-gallon snowmaking reservoir
- Coming soon: new trailheads for Cascade and Porter Mountains
For more information, visit mtvanhoevenberg.com.