A new “mountain coaster” at Mt. Van Hoevenberg near Lake Placid gives visitors a chance to trace the path of the Olympic boblsed course used in 1932 and 1980 – all for $65 a ride.
The new amenity opened for its first public rides Sunday, giving people a chance to snag a trip down the new ride now open Saturdays and Sundays.
“The coaster follows the alignment of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic bobsled track as it descends the mountain,” Olympic Regional Development Authority President Mike Pratt said in a statement Monday. “The views are amazing, and the curves get your heart pounding. Everyone will feel like they deserve a medal.”
The new ride comes as part of major capital improvements underway at the state facilities in and around Lake Placid used during the two Olympics hosted in the Adirondacks. State officials on Monday trumpeted the new mountain coaster, which uses gravity to propel a bobsled replica down roller-coaster tracks, as the longest such ride in the country.
Other new amenities include a zip-line at the Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumping Complex, a new mountain gondola and the expansion of Nordic ski trails. New trailheads for popular High Peak trails for Cascade and Porter mountain are also in the works.
Guests interested in a ride on new mountain coaster must buy tickets ahead of time as officials look to limit capacity and enforce mask-wearing and other health protocols. Tickets can be reserved online for $65; an adult can ride with a child for $75.
The ride offers expansive Adirondack views as it winds its way down the mountain; riders can use handbrakes to slow down the bobsled car or let it go as fast as they can handle. The amenity is opened Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.