Are you ready to fly down the slope at Holiday Valley without the snow beneath you? Now’s your chance! The Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster opens for the season on Friday, May 20 at 11 a.m.
The Mountain Coaster, located by Tannenbaum Lodge, is similar to a roller coaster but it’s built on a mountain. One or two riders sit in a “car” attached to rails that pull you up the hill, then it follows a zig-zagging, spiraling path down the mountain. Riders can control their speed with brakes on their car.
To enjoy the coaster, participants must be a minimum of three years old and 38 inches tall to ride with an accompanying driver at least 16 years old, and must be eight years old and 54 inches tall to drive.
The Mountain Coaster is open Fridays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through June 12. From June 17 to Sept. 5, it’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Prices are as follows: $8 single ride, $14 for two rides, $35 for five rides, $42 ride all day, or a family 10-pack for $65.
Of course, you can add even more fun to your coaster experience. The coaster is part of Holiday Valley’s Sky High, which also includes the Climbing Forest and Aerial Park.
The Climbing Forest is like a 3D version of a rock wall. Climbers are harnessed in and sent to climb their choice of 10 trees outfitted with color-coded climbing holds, with difficulty ranging from very easy (yellow) to very challenging (purple). Minimum age is 5.
The ever-popular Aerial Park is comprised of a series of platforms and bridges. The platforms are built in the trees, connected by zip lines and “bridges,” a term that is used loosely to describe the hanging chunks of wood, ladders and other challenging obstacles that get you from one place to the next.
LOCALS TAKE NOTE: A great way to celebrate opening day for the coaster and experience the Aerial Park is to take part in Locals Day on Friday, May 20. Score a ton of fun for only $10 for the Aerial Park, and $12 for the Aerial Park plus a coaster ride. Reservations are suggested by calling 699-HIGH.