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Holiday Valley Resort
After the snow melts off the ski slopes, Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville offers a wide variety of summer activities for people of all ages to enjoy.
Sky High Adventure Park includes the Aerial Park, the Climbing Forest, and the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster. The Aerial Adventure Park is the largest in New York State with 13 courses of varying difficulty, 173 obstacles, and 43 zip lines. The resort also recently installed 5 True Blue auto belay systems where instead of zip lining to exit a course a climber JUMPS off the final platform. Four of the True Blues lower the climber at 6 feet per second, but the “Quick Jump” on the Black Widow course lets them free fall for 15 feet before they slow to the 6 feet per second fall rate. It’s a thrill, for sure! Located next to the Aerial Park, the Climbing Forest offers a 3-D climbing wall with the climbing holds strapped to tree trunks. There are 10 trees to climb of varying difficulty to challenge kids and adults alike.
The Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster is 4800 feet in length with a downhill track of 2940 feet and a drop of 283 feet. The track consists of 15 curves, 12 waves, a jump plus a huge spiral, and carves a beautiful path through the woods of the resort that everyone in the family will love. And since the rider has control of the speed of their car, one can choose to race down the exciting track or sit back and enjoy the scenery!
Holiday Valley’s Double Black Diamond course is 6500 yards of scenic and challenging golf. The course winds across the rolling terrain at the base of the ski slopes to create 18 holes to remember! Each hole has 4 sets of tees that will challenge the low handicapper, yet allow less experienced players to enjoy the course as well and keep the pace of play moving. With various leagues to join throughout the week, lessons available from a PGA professional, and state of the art teaching equipment, golfers of all skill levels can find ways to improve their game.
The Holiday Valley pool complex opens on weekends starting May 21, then daily on June 21. Guests can relax at a lap pool, toddler pool, and an activity pool complete with a diving board and slide. The complex is the social hub of the Ellicottville scene with poolside food and beverage service from the Cabana Bar and John Harvard’s Brew House.
Holiday Valley has been a mecca for mountain biking ever since Western New York Mountain Biking Association built 35 miles of singletrack in the state forest land adjoining Holiday Valley property. This summer the resort is completing a new 2 mile flow trail that starts at Spruce Lake, winds back and forth across the ski slopes and finishes at the Yodeler area. This trail will be an easy way down the mountain for families and newer riders, but will also be fun for experienced riders to get some serious G’s around the banked turns.
New this summer, adventure goers will be able to enjoy stand up paddleboarding on Spruce Lake at the top of the mountain. This activity is available by appointment through Adventure Bound in Ellicottville, (716) 217-4047. Chairlift rides on the Spruce Lake chair will be available on weekends starting August 6. Riders can then choose to take the lift back to the base or hike down one of the many scenic trails at Holiday Valley.