NY opens Cliffside Coaster at Lake Placid’s Olympic Sports Complex

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Oct 9 announced the grand opening of the new Cliffside Mountain Coaster at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. The longest of its kind in the United States, the mountain coaster travels alongside the 1980 Olympic bobsled track and is the latest year-round attraction at the Lake Placid Olympic Sites. 

“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,” Governor 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.”

Opened for its first ride on October 11, the mountain coaster is equipped with a timing and audio system that allow 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 coaster will be open to the public on weekends only, with extended hours on Columbus Day weekend, and includes informative and exciting commentary for riders as they glide through twists and turns that replicate the historic track.

ORDA President & CEO, Mike Pratt said, “The Cliffside Coaster is a one-of-a-kind attraction at the newly transformed Mt. Van Hoevenberg. 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. Everyone will feel like they deserve a medal.”

Guests will be required to pre-purchase tickets online to help assist with capacity control at the venue. Mountain coaster carts will be wiped down and sanitized between each use. Facilities will follow all NY State protocols, including the requirement of face coverings for all guests. Masks are required at all venues.

The recently completed mountain coaster is just one of the many exciting attractions and upgrades taking place at ORDA. Others include: the Sky Flyer Zipline at the Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumping Complex; the new eight-person, ADA-compliant gondola; the newly-renovated glass-enclosed elevator; 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 will be new trailheads for Cascade and Porter Mountains.

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