By Alicia Dziak
Navigate 13 courses that include ziplines and challenging obstacles at the Aerial Park. Climb to the treetops in the Climbing forest. Soar down the hill on the Mountain Coaster. If you’re one of the thousands who lives for the adrenaline rush of Holiday Valley’s Sky High, better get your fix soon! The park is only open for the season through Oct. 29. The next two weekends, you can still enjoy all the fun on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Aerial Park, the largest of its kind in New York State and third largest in the U.S., combines a series of platforms and bridges built in a 4-acre section of the woods near the resort’s Tannenbaum Lodge. The Aerial Park includes 142 platforms, 170 elements and 43 ziplines, with the tallest platform at 68 feet and the longest zip line measuring 350 feet. For rates and to make reservations, visit www.holidayvalley.com/summer/sky-high- adventure-park/.
Those ages five and up can enjoy the Climbing Forest, which is like a 3D version of a rock wall, and only one of three in the country. 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 at up to 45 feet, they just let go and the belay system slowly lowers them to the ground. There is also a kids’ area with two trees where the youngest climbers can climb about 6 feet up and climb back down. For rate info, visit www.holidayvalley.com/summer/sky-high- adventure-park/climbing- forest/.
The Mountain Coaster takes riders up the hill in their own car and lets them control their own speed on the way back down. While the coaster’s summer season is almost done, it reopens in the winter before Christmas.
If you don’t want to wait until spring to experience the rush of Sky High, make plans to go this weekend or next! Visit www.holidayvalley.com for more info.