Wow! New York has opened the USA’s longest mountain coaster in Lake Placid

ALBANY – The longest mountain coaster in North America opened this month in Lake Placid, reports the New York State Team, which is a part of the USA TODAY Network.

At 7,650 feet long, the new Cliffside Mountain Coaster at Mt. Van Hoevenberg is longer than ones in the Smoky Mountains and in Colorado, New York officials said.

The 1.4-mile mountain coaster travels alongside the 1980 Olympic bobsled track and is the latest year-round attraction at the Lake Placid Olympic Sites, according to the Olympic Regional Development Authority, which owns the facility. 

“The Cliffside Coaster is one of our latest and most thrilling additions to the Olympic Regional Development Authority venues and part of our ongoing effort to modernize the entire Mt. Van Hoevenberg complex,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. 

“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.”

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New York this month opened the Cliffside Coaster in the Adirondacks. It is billed as longest mountain coaster in the nation at 7,650 feet in length.

The coaster will be open year round, weather dependent. It debuted Sunday and will be open just on weekends.

Tickets cost $55 for a driver, and $65 for a driver and passenger.

New York this month opened the Cliffside Coaster in the Adirondacks, making it the longest mountain coaster in the nation.

The coaster travels 2,250 feet uphill and 5,400 feet downhill, with an elevation change of 495 feet, according to the state authority.

It is equipped with a timing and audio system that “allows visitors to experience the thrill of what it was like to be an Olympic bobsledder during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid,” the state’s announcement said.  

So that means there is “informative and exciting commentary for riders as they glide through twists and turns that replicate the historic track.”

New York this month opened the Cliffside Coaster in Lake Placid next to the Olympic facility.

“The views are amazing, and the curves get your heart pounding. Everyone will feel like they deserve a medal,” ORDA president Mike Pratt said in a statement.

Guests will be required to pre-purchase tickets online, and the coaster carts will be wiped down and sanitized between each use for COVID-19 safety precautions. 

Also, the ride will require face coverings to be worn for all customers.

New York this month opened the Cliffside Coaster in the Adirondacks. It is billed as longest mountain coaster in the nation at 7,650 feet in length.

New York has invested heavily in the Lake Placid facilities, committing nearly $240 million over the past decade.

There is the recent addition of the Sky Flyer Zipline at the Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumping Complex, a new eight-person gondola and a renovated glass-enclosed elevator.

Joseph Spector is the New York state editor for the USA TODAY Network. He can be reached at JSPECTOR@Gannett.com or followed on Twitter: @GannettAlbany

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