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Holiday Valley’s Sky High Adventure Park

Ellicottville, New York . . . Anyone who has enjoyed the excitement of skiing or snowboarding at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, New York will find summer at Holiday Valley Resort equally as thrilling.  Sky High Aerial Adventure Park and Mountain Coaster opened in summer of 2011 and the Climbing Forest opened in 2013.

Sky High Adventure Park is located in the Tannenbaum area of the resort.  The Aerial Park is a unique outdoor experience in which visitors can explore thirteen tree top courses; crossing platforms and bridges, climbing ladders, navigating obstacles and soaring on zip lines.  One hundred forty-two platforms are built in the trees and 170 elements connect the platforms.  The elements may be a log, hanging chunks of wood, loops of rope or many other options and the challenge is to figure out how to efficiently move across to the next platform.  Strategy and balance are key, with strength and flexibility coming into play.  There are thirteen different courses with each increasing level taking you to new heights.  Some courses have zip lines between areas, but it is very different from what most people think of as zip lines.  Everyone gets a harness that has a special locking lanyard that safeguards you from falling if you slip or let go. There is a minimum age of 7 years to climb at the aerial park.

The Mountain Coaster is similar to a roller coaster with cars that ride on a track.  One or two riders load a car adjacent to the Tannenbaum Lodge and ride up the hill parallel to the Spruce Lake lift.  At the apex the car begins its thrilling descent zigzagging and spiraling down through the woods.  Riders can accelerate or decelerate using handles on the sides of the car. Children must be at least 3 years old to ride with an adult on the Mountain Coaster.

The Climbing Forest is the only one of its kind in the US. There are 10 trees outfitted with color coded climbing holds and the difficulty ranges from very easy(yellow) to very challenging (purple). Each climber is fitted with a harness that is clipped into an Auto Belay system. Once a climber reaches the top of the tree, they just let go and the belay system slowly lowers them to the ground. The Climbing Forest is open to people age 5 and up.

Sky High is open on weekends from early May to mid-June.  The park is open daily from mid-June through Labor Day and  open on weekends from mid-September through early November.  Daily rates for a three hour session are $48 per person.  A package including the  Mountain Coaster is $51 per person.  Group rates are also available.

ATTENTION EDITORS, PROMOTION DIRECTORS & ASSIGNMENT DIRECTORS:  High resolution images of the Aerial Adventure Park are available.  Media are invited to try out the Aerial Adventure Park as part of a story or review.  In addition, a limited number of passes are available for radio on-air promotional giveaway.  Jane Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley’s Marketing Director is available for media interviews.
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Holiday Valley, in Western New York State is a leading eastern North American four-season resort.  Fifty-eight slopes and 13 lifts (including three high speed quads) are spread over four distinct faces that offer challenging steeps, gentle cruisers, glades and fun terrain parks.  Three beautiful base lodges provide full service dining, marketplaces and coffee bars, as well as ski and snowboard rentals and repair, two ski shops and four bars.  Fantastic children’s ski programs and on-site day care means convenience and flexibility for families.  An 18-hole golf course, 35 miles of mountain bike trails and a three-pool complex provide summer activities.  Comfortable lodging is available on the slopes and in nearby Ellicottville.  The village has many quaint shops and restaurants, day spas and nearby horseback riding.  The truly unique Griffis sculpture park is located just north of the resort and a large Amish settlement is a short drive away.

Holiday Valley is on the web at www.holidayvalley.com

Ellicottville is located on Route 219, just 50 miles (90 kms) south of Buffalo and less than three hours from Toronto. 

For further information, please contact:

Jane Eshbaugh
Marketing Director
Tel: 716.699.3904
E-mail: jeshbaugh@holidayvalley.com

Karl Eichner
Canadian Communications Consultant
Eichner & Associates
Tel: 705.778.2212
E-mail: keichner@nexicom.net