October 15, 2020 | 1:12pm
The Cliffside Mountain Coaster on Mt. Van Hoevenberg.
Olympic Regional Development Authority
As a hotspot for thrill-seekers, New York is on track!
Upstate New York is now home to the largest mountain-top roller coaster in the country — complete with a 1.4 mile track that zips across the Adirondack Mountains with breathtaking views.
The exhilarating Cliffside Mountain Coaster follows the same path bobsledders once bombed down during the Lake Placid Olympics of 1980, according to the Olympic Regional Development Authority, which built the ride as part of a tourism-boosting revitalization project.
“The views are amazing and the curves get your heart pounding. Everyone will feel like they deserve a medal,” the group’s CEO Mike Pratt said in a press release.
The mountain coaster, which opened Sunday, zooms 2,250 feet uphill and plunges 5,400 feet downhill, with an elevation gain of 495 feet.
It also features “informative and exciting” audio commentary that allows “visitors to experience the thrill of what it was like to be an Olympic bobsledder,” creators said. It’s open on the weekends with tickets ranging from $55-$65.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the ride is expected to boost tourism.
“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,” Cuomo said, according to USA Today.
“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.”