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NEWS RELEASE
Holiday Valley Rocks All Summer Long

Ellicottville, New York, May 27, 2013 . . . Summer is gearing up at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville and many activities and events are planned for the season.   The pool complex and the Mountain Coaster opened over this past Memorial Day weekend and the Sky High Adventure Park offered extended hours.  Annual events like the Mudslide Obstacle Trail Run, Play Golf America and the Ellicottville Summer Festival of the Arts will take place over the next few months.  The resort’s Double Black Diamond 6500 yard, par 70 golf course is open and in peak condition.
The three-pool swim complex has something for everyone . . . a lap pool, a toddler pool and an activity pool as well as poolside service from the Cabana Bar and John Harvard’s and fun games to play on the deck.  The pools are open weekends from 11a.m. to 7 p.m. through June 9th.  From June 15th through September 2nd the pools are open daily.

Sky High Adventure Park at Holiday Valley is a great destination for active outdoor families.  The Aerial Park is a playground in the trees featuring a series of platforms and bridges that require strategy and balance, and a bit of courage.  Two new courses have been added this year for a total of 11 courses that range from the low level “yellows” to the very challenging and high “double black”. The Sky High Mountain Coaster is a thrilling ride that twists, turns and spirals down the mountain through the woods where the rider controls the speed of the car.  The Climbing Forest, opening on May 31st, is a new feature at Sky High where guests can scramble up trees that are fitted with climbing holds and safety harnesses. Climbers can choose their level of challenge from the easier yellows through the toughest blacks. 

The Double Black Diamond Golf Course provides challenging golf in a beautiful setting of trees, rolling hills and ponds.  The relatively level front nine plays long and is built around a series of ponds and bunkers.  The back nine winds its way through the base of the mountain providing spectacular views and a very stern test of golf.  Holiday Valley has the best bent grass greens in Western New York.  The greens are carefully manicured to provide a fast and true putting surface with a Stimpmeter reading of 10.
The second annual Mudslide Obstacle Race on June 15th has plenty of good, clean muddy fun.  Competitors can choose from the easier 3.5 mile course or the more difficult 5.4 mile course.  All runners start at the top of the ski slopes (chairlift ride provided), then run across the ridgeline of the resort and down the slopes, while navigating eight obstacles.  The longer course adds a significant amount of uphill running aided by ropes in the steepest sections.  Further information and registration is at www.holidayvalley.com/mudslide.  Competitors and friends are all invited to the “Mudstock” pre-party on June 14th from 6 to 10 p.m. at Holiday Valley’s Cabana Bar and Pools.  Race packets may be picked up from 6 to 9 p.m.  Live music will be provided by the Party Squad.

Play Golf America on June 16th will be held at the Holiday Valley Practice Range. This free event is for all ages and abilities and includes golf lessons, demo equipment, contests and more.  Play Golf America is the perfect Father's Day activity.

The Summer Festival of the Arts, June 5th to 7th, features Grammy Award winning country singer, Gretchen Wilson, the classic rock sounds of Creedence Clearwater Revisited and comedienne Tammy Pescatelli.  The Village of Ellicottville hosts an Arts and Crafts exhibit, the annual Pet Parade and Strawberry Shortcake social in the town square.  Summer Festival is a wonderful weekend for the whole family.  Ticket information and schedule can be found at www.holidayvalley.com/summerfest.

Upcoming Holiday Valley Events
June 14th Mudstock Party
June 15th Mudslide Obstacle Race
June 16th Play Golf America
June 26th Mt. Bike Race Series Begins
July 5th Summer Festival of the Arts
July 11th NYS Hog Rally
July 14th 6 Hours of Power Mt. Bike Race
Aug 4th EVL9, EVL4 Trail Runs
Oct 12th Fall Festival
Nov 9th Beer and Wine Festival

Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville 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