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The Longest Mountain Coaster in North America Just Opened in Lake Placid

New York News
by Eben Diskin Oct 16, 2020

If you haven’t had your adventure fix in a while, or you’ve tried just about every roller coaster across the United States, this new epic mountain coaster should pique your interest. The Cliffside Mountain Coaster just opened in Lake Placid, New York, at Mt. Va Hoevenberg. It makes use of the bobsled track repurposed from the Lake Placid Olympic Games in 1980.

Mike Pratt, CEO and President of the Olympic Regional Development Authority, said in a statement, “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.”

The track stretches 1.4 miles, making it North America’s longest mountain coaster. Visitors will be able to drive their own car along the track and even control its speed. As they cruise down the mountain enjoying the views, they’ll also be listening to audio commentary about the 1980 winter olympics and the history of bobsledding.

The coaster is part of a broader revitalization project designed to modernize the Mr. Van Hoevenberg complex. In a statement, Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “This revitalization is transforming the complex into a year-round provider of excitement and entertainment for both athletes and families, which will attract more summer visitors and provide a critical boost to local businesses as we work to build back better.”

It will be open to the public on weekends only, from 11 AM to 4 PM. Tickets will be available for $55 for one driver and $65 for one driver plus one passenger, and they must be purchased in advance. Ride operation is weather dependent.

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