climbing-forset.JPGEllicottville, N.Y. - A Grand Opening Celebration of the Climbing Forest at Holiday Valley's Sky High Adventure Park is scheduled for Saturday, June 29 at 10AM. 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 US. It was designed by Franz Muller of Monkey Hardware, a German company and Bahman Azarm of Outdoor Ventures. Outdoor Ventures is also the designer of Sky High Aerial Park.  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, 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 about 6 feet up and climb back down. Rates for the Climbing Forest 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 9AM to 6PM 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. Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, New York is a four season resort offering golf, swimming, lodging, dining, conference facilities and the Sky High Adventure Park during the summer months. Holiday Valley is on the web at www.holidayvalley.com. Ellicottville is located on Route 219, just 50 miles (90 kms) south of Buffalo.

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Contact: Jane Eshbaugh,Director of Marketing, Holiday Valley Resort  716-699-3904 jeshbaugh@holidayvalley.com