[R119R, Cranmore Mountain Resort] in North Conway, N.H., is psyched about its newest attraction, the million-dollar Cranmore Mountain Coaster.

"We're proud that our team working with the coaster's manufacturer, Weigand, was able to finish construction in just over seven weeks," Cranmore President Ben Wilcox said.

[R193R, Jiminy Peak] in the Berkshires of Massachusetts has a similar ride, and [R304R, Okemo Mountain Resort] in the Green Mountains of Vermont is about to open its mountain coaster.

Cranmore's coaster is for everyone over age 3, although children less than 48 inches tall must ride with an adult.

The Mountain Coaster is a year-round attraction that provides views north to Mount Washington and the Presidential Range, and west across the valley toward the Moats. The ride features two-person sleds that ride on stainless steel tubular rails. Each sled has its own handbrakes and the rider is in control of his or her speed at all times.

Riders start with a 1,200-foot trip up the mountain in the two-person sled. Then the gravity-driven ride begins, taking people down the looping turning track for 2,400 feet down the slopes.

Tickets are $9 for one ride or $23 for three rides. Other specials and combo tickets including skiing and snow tubing are also available. The coaster is open for regular operations through the winter.

The Cranmore Mountain Coaster is the centerpiece of a $6 million revitalization of Cranmore.

The resort also installed a new quad chairlift, moved and expanded its snow tubing park, renovated base facilities, cut new learning terrain, installed 70 new energy-efficient snowguns and relocated a double chairlift.

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