By Alicia Dziak
On Friday, May 18, Holiday Valley’s Sky High Adventure Park celebrated the opening of their new obstacle, the Tarzan Swing. “Tarzan and Jane” played by Mike Paterniti and Quincy Widger, demonstrated the element, which involved swinging on a rope that launched from one platform, and landing on a giant cargo net. The obstacle was added onto the end of the “blue” intermediate-level Riptide course. (Watch the video on the Ellicottville Times’ Facebook page!)
Sky High is New York State’s largest Aerial Park, and the third largest of its kind in the US. It features 13 courses of varying difficulty with 174 obstacles and 43 zip lines.
That’s not all that’s new at Sky High this season. Holiday Valley is also constructing a Gem Mining feature that will open in mid-June. Younger children can try panning for treasures at the new Mr. Happy Gem Mine, located at the base of the Climbing Forest.
The Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster and Climbing Forest also opened for the season last weekend. The coaster is a thrilling ride that zigs, zags and spirals down the mountain where you control the speed. The Climbing Forest features a series of nine trees outfitted with climbing holds that create a 3-D climbing wall.
Sky High is currently open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays plus Monday, May 28. In honor of Memorial Day, veterans climb and ride free (with military ID) with the purchase of a full priced ticket.
In addition, the much-anticipated Locals Day is happening again this year. If you live in Cattaraugus County, mark your calendar for June 20 and July 25, when you can get a 3-hour climb for only $15. Call to make a reservation.
Sky High will be open daily starting June 15. For more info, and to make reservations, visit www.holidayvalley.com.