By Alicia Dziak
It’s time to squeeze out the last of summer! Whether you prefer high-flying adventure, relaxing poolside, or a round of golf, you can find it at Holiday Valley.
This weekend is the perfect time to enjoy some fun in the sun at HV’s pool complex. Take your pick from the kiddie pool, the lap pool or the activity pool with slide and diving board. Take a game break and challenge your friends to one of the many deck games, or grab a drink at the Cabana Bar.
Need another reason to visit? How about lots of awesome planned activities? On Friday, Aug. 25, enjoy water balloon games at 5 p.m. games. At 6 p.m., see how you stack up in the Jenga Tournament.
On Saturday, Aug, 26, Frozen T-shirt breakout begins at 2 p.m. (this involves a t-shirt frozen into a block that must turn into something wearable!). The infamous Ducky Derby begins at 3 p.m. Purchase a duck, cheer for it loudly as it races down the slide and makes its way to the rope separating the shallow and deep ends in the activity pool—if your duck wins, you get half the “pot” with the other half going to charity. Finish up the afternoon with Jumbo Volleyball at 4 p.m. and a 4 p.m. Bellyflop Contest.
On Sunday, Aug. 27, choose from a variety of fun. At 9:30 a.m., check out Aqua Yoga. Channel your inner hippie from 1 to 4 p.m. with tie dye. Other activities include the 3 p.m. Ducky Derby and the 4 p.m. Ping Pong Championship.
Your last chance to enjoy the pools this summer is Labor Day weekend, and the activity schedule is as follows:
Friday, Sept. 1, 5 p.m. Hula Hoop Contest, 6 p.m. Cornhole Tournament.
Saturday, Sept. 2, 2 p.m. Frozen T-shirt Breakout, 3 p.m. Ducky Derby, 4 p.m. Volleyball, 6 p.m. Cannonball Contest.
Sunday, Sept 3, 1 p.m. Water Balloons, 3 p.m. Ducky Derby, 4 p.m. Jenga Tournament.
Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4, 2 p.m. Frozen T-shirt Breakout, 3 p.m. Ducky Derby, 4 p.m. Jumbo Volleyball.
Chairlift rides aren’t just for ski season anymore, you can take in the last of the summer scenery on Holiday Valley’s weekend chairlift rides on the Spruce Chair, located by Tannenbaum Lodge and Sky High. 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.
Spruce Lake is open to kayaking, canoeing and SUP daily, but the gate for car access is only open on weekends. Weekday access is by foot or via Mutton Hollow Road.
If your adventure side is calling, answer it with a visit to Sky High, 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 operates daily through Labor Day, then will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct.15, and Saturdays and Sundays only from Oct. 21 to Oct. 29.
If you’re a golfer, late summer and early fall means finding time for 18 any chance you get. Head to HV’s double black diamond golf course and experience beautiful scenery on challenging terrain.
Endless fun awaits at Holiday Valley! Don’t miss out on your chance to experience all the summertime fun! For more info, visit www.holidayvalley.com.