ELLICOTTVILLE — a Grand Opening Celebration of the Climbing Forest at Holiday Valley’s Sky High Adventure Park is scheduled for Saturday, June 29 at 10 A.M. Brief remarks and climbing demonstrations will take place at that time, along with a champagne toast.
The Climbing Forest is the only one of its kind in the U.S. It was designed by Franz Muller of Monkey Hardware, a German company, and Bahman Azarm of Outdoor Ventures, which also the designer of Sky High Aerial Park.
There are 10 trees outfitted with color-coded climbing holds with 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, they just let go and the belay system slowly lowers them to the ground.
The minimum age to enjoy the Climbing Forest is 5 years old. There is also a kids’ area with two trees where the youngest climbers can climb up to about 6 feet.
Rates are $15 for a half hour session, $25 for an hour session or $40 for a two-hour session. The Climbing Forest is open from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. daily through Labor Day, then weekends through mid-November.
Sky High is Holiday Valley’s tree top outdoor adventure park located near the Tannenbaum Lodge at the western end of Holiday Valley. In addition to the Climbing Forest, Sky High offers an Aerial Park and a Mountain Coaster. For more information go to www.holidayvalley.com/skyhigh.