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Year-round cliffside coaster opens in Lake Placid

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Source: Governor Cuomo's office
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Source: Governor Cuomo's office
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Source: Governor Cuomo's office

NEW YORK (WBNG) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a new cliffside roller coaster at Lake Placid's Olympic Sports Complex.

Governor Cuomo said the new Mt. Van Hoevenberg cliffside coaster opened for its first ride today. It will be a year-round attraction and is the longest coaster of its kind in the country.

The roller coaster travels along the 1932 and the 1980 Olympic bobsled track and has a timing and audio system that allows riders to experience something similar to what it's like to be an Olympic Bobsledder from the Olympic Winter Games.

Governor Cuomo said the coaster is a part of an ongoing revitalization effort to modernize the Mt. Van Hoevenbrg complex.

"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," he said.

Other attractions and upgrades along with the cliffside roller coaster include a zipline, 5 kilometers of Nordic trails, a 3 million gallon snowmaking reservoir, and more.

Governor Cuomo said investments made in projects looking to improve Olympic Regional Development Authority properties ensures they can continue to support large events and can help to transform the facilities into year-round attractions.

To adhere with guidelines from the pandemic, guests are required to buy tickets online to keep track of the venue's capacity. Officials say the carts will be wiped down and sanitized after each use, and masks are required at all venues.

Olympic Regional Development Authority President and CEO, Mike Pratt said of the coaster, " The views are amazing and the curves get your heart pounding. Everyone will feel like they deserve a medal."

For more information on the roller coaster and Lake Placid Olympic sites, click here.

Abigail Lane

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