By Alicia Dziak
With only two short weeks left before Labor Day weekend, it’s crunch time for that summer bucket list! Just because it’s time for back-to-school shopping doesn’t mean the party is over. There’s still plenty of time to squeeze in the last of the summer fun in the next three weekends, and Ellicottville is just the place to do it!
Don’t miss your chance for adventure at Holiday Valley’s Sky High, where you can zipline, navigate obstacles, climb to the treetops and soar down the mountain all in one day!
Sky High is made up of three components: the Aerial Park, the Climbing Forest and the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster.
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.
Sky High is open daily through Sept. 4, and after that, is open only on weekends.
Take in the last of the summer scenery on Holiday Valley’s weekend chairlift rides. Enjoy the warm breeze as you head up to Spruce Lake, and enjoy the greenery before it turns to orange and yellow. Rides are available Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 15.
If you haven’t cooled off at the Holiday Valley Pool Complex this summer, there are only limited days left! Enjoy a lap pool, toddler pool with two mini waterfalls and the activity pool compete with slide. When you need a break from the water, play a variety of poolside games, like giant Jenga or Cornhole, or grab a frozen drink from the Cabana Bar. Treat yourself to poolside food and drinks that will make you feel like you’re on vacation, but hurry—the pool complex is only open through Labor Day.
The long days of sunlight won’t last forever. Get up early and get to the golf course, enjoying views from every hole while getting your game on.
Be sure to leave time to give back. The annual Tuscan Moon Fundraiser will be held at Holiday Valley on Aug. 26. Get your tickets today, and help support the EVL Rotary while enjoying delicious foods from the top area restaurants.
The great outdoors offers many opportunities to enjoy the area. Go on a nature walk at Nannen Arboretum, stock up on farm-fresh produce at the area’s farmers markets (and get canning!), hike or bike along the area’s miles and miles of trails.
For something at a more leisurely pace, stroll the village streets and check out the unique shops and restaurants.
Whether you prefer your summer days action-packed, food-filled or relaxing, Ellicottville has something for everyone this time of year!