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Face the New Black Bear at Holiday Valley

Sky High Aerial Park Adds New Course

COVER---HV-Sky-High-Aerial-Parkby Eva Potter

Get ready to challenge the Black Bear— not nearly as scary as facing the live woodland-dwelling creature, but challenging just the same.

This spring, adrenaline junkies visiting Holiday Valley’s Sky High Aerial Park will be thrilled with the addition of a new single black diamond course — Black Bear. The park’s two single black diamond courses are just one level below the most difficult double black diamond — the daunting Commando course. These are the three highest courses in the entire park, situated 50-plus feet off the ground.

The Aerial Park’s 13 challenge courses are family friendly and geared to a wide range of ability levels. From easiest to most difficult, you can choose from three yellow courses (Sunflower, Sunshine and Snapdragon), four greens (Forest Run, Mountain Trail, Grand Rapids I and II, and Fern Gully), two blues (Waterfall and Rip Tide), two single black diamond (Black Storm and Black Bear) and one double black … the Commando. The yellow courses are about 15 feet off the ground and gain height with each difficulty level.

Each course consists of a series of platforms, “bridges,” obstacles and zip lines located on 4 acres of scenic woods near Tannenbaum lodge on the western end of Holiday diamond (Black Storm and Black Bear) and one double black … the Commando. The yellow courses are about 15 feet off the ground and gain height with each difficulty level.

Each course consists of a series of platforms, “bridges,” obstacles and zip lines located on 4 acres of scenic woods near Tannenbaum lodge on the western end of Holiday Valley Resort. There are approximately 10-15 features on each course and some trees have more than one platform.

You may be thinking, “I’m not strong enough to do any of these courses!”

To clear things up a bit, these challenge courses aren’t only about physical strength — they’re also about strategy and balance.

Yes, these courses are far off the ground — even 15 feet can be scary for some — but don’t let the fear of heights deter you. Safety is paramount at Holiday Valley, and trained assistants harnesses you in and check your gear before you set off on your adventure.

So get out there and conquer those ladders, logs, platforms, zip lines and other obstacles. Gorgeous views away from every level.

But wait … there’s more good news!

Due to the park’s popularity, Holiday Valley has extended Sky High’s season this year. The park will now be open weekends May 2 – June 15, daily June 20 – Sept. 1, and then weekends Sept. 5 – Nov. 2.

Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made by calling (716) 699-HIGH once the park opens. Children must be 7 years old and other restrictions apply.

For more information, photos and videos of people in action at the Aerial Park, on the Mountain Coaster and in the Climbing Forest, visit www.holidayvalley.com.

See you in the trees!

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