Bobsled and Luge Complex

Bobsled and Luge Complex, Lake Placid: Hours, Address, Bobsled and Luge Complex Reviews: 4.5/5

Bobsled and Luge Complex
4.5
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Mt. Van Hoevenberg combines outdoor recreations with Lake Placid’s Olympic Legacy. On the sliding center side, we have a state-of-the-art combined skeleton & bobsled track and we have created North America’s longest mountain coaster, The Cliffside Coaster. On the Nordic center side, we have added 4km of World Championship rate trails, joining our existing 50km of cross country skiing trails. Our new lodge, The Mountain Pass Lodge, is the Hub of Mt. Van Hoevenberg, and is the place to go for a drink, hang out with friends, or just spending a full day enjoying all the activities Mt. Van Hoevenberg has to offer.
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Bkryzan
Trumbull, CT120 contributions
It was interesting to go see the complex and the indoor track. They have indoor rock climbing as well, but we didn't do that. My husband and kids went on the cheaper cart ride at $55/person. One of my daughters said the best part was the historical information it gave her on the ride. Everyone seemed to think the ride was too slow.

My brother-in-law went on the big bobsled ride on the track with one of his kids and they really enjoyed it. That cost $125/person. They have a live feed of the track in the cafe area, which was nice. My sister-in law recorded it on her phone. It is hard to tell who is going on the sled, it would be nice if they put the customer's name at the bottom of the screen.
Written July 18, 2022
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Crystal C
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Family
We visited over Christmas break 2 families with young kids and teens. We did not make a reservation, so we went at 8:30 to try and get a walk on. It happened to be a morning there was a winter storm, and they were short staffed and not taking walk ins. We visited the museum for a bit, and while we were still there more staff came in, While having a nice chat with the people at the counter they offered to get us a spot. With 8 people in our group we would have to wait 3 hours. We decided to stick around as the roads were not great. They were actually able to get us in much sooner because we waited.
The ride itself is exhilarating, it is the 2nd time my kids and I have done it so obviously we enjoyed the bobsled. The staff is really what makes the experience. The drivers and break men are always fun and interact great with everyone. The people at the counter and upstairs definitely went out of their way to help us that day. They also had a ton of games to keep the kids occupied upstairs while we waited.
Thank you for being friendly and helpful !
We will definitely return
Written January 10, 2020
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Leon S
Keswick, Canada250 contributions
Although the price has gone up quite a bit recently, you can get a short ride on an actual bobsled with a driver and brakeman supplied by the complex.
Unfortunately, the bobsled, starts from the lowest starting point on the track, rather that the top, where the official competitions begin
After a certain time of day, they switch over from using the track for Bobsleds to using it for the Skeleton Experience.
It is also possible to book a Biathlon experience at this complex. I have no idea what they do here in the summertime.
Written January 14, 2022
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Phil
Denver, CO36 contributions
A bobsled experience is something that I had always wanted to experience and it did not disappoint. We did the combo bobsled/skeleton package and absolutely felt it was worth the high price tag. Staff was extremely engaging, rides were thrilling, and there are very few places in the world where you can get the chance to do something like this. The bobsled was much smoother than I expected and I was able to have a relatively clear view through the whole ride. My wife, not being able to see, did not have the same opinion and ended up a bit bruised on the ride. Skeleton couldn't have been easier, just lay down and enjoy the ride. Both lived up to the high expectations I had.

Only downsides to the experience were the terribly dated lodge that you had to wait in (which is being replaced by a new one currently under construction), limited opportunities to view the run off track due to all the coverings, and the wait between the two experiences.
Written February 22, 2020
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TravelTim88
North Canton, OH166 contributions
I had always said that, given the opportunity, I would do the Bobsled Experience at Lake Placid. Well, we vacationed in the area and so off we went to the bobsleds.

This area, like the ski jump you can visit, seemed to be in transition/under construction. Lots of temporary buildings, construction fences, and muddy walkways. I assume that's all temporary.

You come in contact with lots of folks between when you walk in and check in, fill out your forms, get shuttled to the top of the run, get suited up, load into the sled, ride down, exit the sled, and get your photo taken. Most of those folks were very helpful and friendly, and added to the experience.

While going down the run is a wonderful experience, it's many notches below even an average roller coaster in terms of excitement. It's definitiely a thrill to actually go down the run, but it really isn't all the frightening. And it lasts about 40 seconds, which makes this a pretty expensive activity.

The four of us were glad we did it, we have a wonderful story to tell about an experience most people will never do, but we were hoping for a bit more excitement.
Written February 19, 2020
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63impala
Stoneham, MA994 contributions
Our original plan was to ride the Cliffside Coaster but it was being worked on and was unavailable. We decided to give the Bobsled experience a shot and we are glad that we did. The rise was amazing and fast. The driver explained what to expect and answered any and all questions that we had. He even gave us time to take some photos of our own after the ride. Unfortunately the photo that they take while you are going along the track didnt flash and didnt take our picture. Overall it was a great experience.
Written June 17, 2022
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Carol Ann J
Germantown, NY1,173 contributions
I have always watched the bobsled and luge during the winter Olympics and was impressed. After seeing the actual place where the races took place I know that this is an "extreme" sport. We visited the area to experience a little bit of Olympic history; however, did not ride the coaster. It looks somewhat like a roller coaster. The building where there is a gift shop, cafe, and one purchases tickets is very nice!
Written June 24, 2021
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Anitafuel
Water Mill, NY39 contributions
Drove 7hrs after work with my 2 girls just to ride this coaster!!!! Purchased our tickets online 2 weeks in advance and prayed the weather would cooperate.
Tickets are pricey! ($55pp)
BUT....here are the bonus points....
1. Longest mountain coaster in the country!
2. Speakers in sleds give you the history of the bobsled run next to it!
3. You CANNOT crash into the sled in front of you due to high tech sensors!
4. Once you descend, you ARE an olympic bobsled driver!
5. The views are absolutely breathtaking!
We went for lunch afterward and back to motel for a power nap before driving 7hrs back home.
What a fun Day of the Dead treat!
Great for any age!
Written November 2, 2020
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Destin293
Brooklyn, NY37 contributions
Family
Paid $250 for 2 people to go down. It was definitely a cool experience, although you only do 1/2 the run and not the whole thing, I just don’t think it was worth the price. The website mentions you get a pin, photo, a gift from the shop…we finished and received a pin. We had to ask about the photo and they said, “Oh, yeah, go downstairs and they will get it for you.” They ask you what picture is yours, hand you a card to scan, and you have to request the link to download the photo. After I received the e-mailed link, I zoomed it and realized it wasn’t even us. We also had to ask about the gift. They said they were out of the t-shirts they usually give people and the guy ran around trying to find something to give us (he ended up taking merchandise off the rack). Again, really cool experience, but I’d never pay $250 to do it again.
Written September 3, 2021
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Hugh G
4 contributions
Very disappointed they would not let us change our day or time when they had other times in the week available. We had to do the mountain coaster in the rain. Would have been much more enjoyable if we were not getting rained on the entire ride, which is only a few minutes. Seemed a bit over priced as well. $55 for that short of a ride is a bit excessive and there isn't much else to do there.
Written July 22, 2022
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