When you think of Lake Placid, the fantastic outdoor recreation opportunities and the Olympics are probably the first things that spring to mind. There’s a lot of classic Lake Placid activities to enjoy, like hiking, skiing, and paddling. However, if you’re looking for a unique experience while visiting Lake Placid, the Cliffside Coaster might be right up your alley. The Cliffside Coaster delights tourists and locals alike with a combination of thrills, scenic beauty, and history.

A Unique Lake Placid Experience

The Cliffside Coaster is about a 15-minute drive from the luxurious Whiteface Lodge, the Lake Placid area’s highly rated resort. Our team highly recommends the Cliffside Coaster for those looking for an Adirondacks activity that’s a little different from the area’s usual offerings. 

North America’s Longest Mountain Coaster: Cliffside Coaster

Located on Mt. Van Hoevenberg at the sliding center, the Cliffside Coaster is the U.S.’s longest mountain coaster. The coaster rides right alongside the bobsled track used in the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, allowing riders to take in a piece of history from a one-of-a-kind viewpoint. 

Riders are seated in their own coaster (besides children, who can ride along as passengers) and have control of the ride once they reach the top. Whether you want to experience the thrill of racing down the mountain or take things slow and enjoy the gorgeous scenery, it’s entirely up to you. As you zigzag down the mountain, you’ll experience exhilarating curves, giving you a peek into what the bobsled experience is like for Olympians of years past. 

While you might get swept up in the thrilling ride down, try to keep your head on a swivel for amazing views. Riding the Cliffside Coaster in fall is a great way to experience the vibrant fall foliage of the Adirondack Mountains. 

Before you experience the rush of the Cliffside Coaster, know that there’s a limited capacity per timeslot. Be sure to check online for availability

Unwind at a Lake Placid Luxury Resort

After a thrilling experience at the Cliffside Mountain Coaster, relax at your well-appointed room at the Whiteface LodgeAfter your one-of-a-kind experience riding the mountain Cliffside Coaster, unwind at the Whiteface Lodge. We offer well-appointed lodging, sophisticated dining options, an incredible spa, a variety of great on-site activities, and so much more near Lake Placid. 

Stay in luxury as you visit Lake Placid and the Adirondacks. To book your stay at the Whiteface Lodge, call us at 518-523-0505 or check availability online