Adventure-lovers may be adding a new rollercoaster in New York to the list of outdoor experiences they would like to conquer. The Cliffside Mountain Coaster recently opened at Mt Va Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, and it is repurposed from the bobsled track from the Olympic Games in 1932 and 1980.

Riders can glide through twists and turns that replicate the historic track, taking in the magnificent fall foliage on their travels. They will hear commentary along the way that will allow them to experience the thrill of what it was like to be a bobsledder during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. The coaster will be open to the public on weekends only, with extended hours on Columbus Day weekend.

Visitors will be able to drive their own car and control its speed along the 1.4-mile track, the length of which makes it the longest mountain coaster in the US. They will be required to wear masks and pre-purchase tickets online to help assist with capacity control at the venue. Facilities will follow all NY State protocols, and mountain coaster carts will be wiped down and sanitized between each use.

A woman and child riding the Cliffside Coaster in New York
Visitors will be able to drive their own car and control its speed © Olympic Regional Development Authority

"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," says Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. "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."

Further information on the Cliffside Coaster is available from the website here.

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