gem miningEllicottville, N.Y. – Holiday Valley is adding a new attraction to Sky High Adventure Park, the Mister Happy Gem Mining Company.  Targeted to children as young as 2, the experience mimics old fashioned panning for gold. Each miner purchases a bag of sand that contains either gems or fossils.  The contents of the bag are dumped into a mining pan.  The “miners” wash the sand away with water that flows through a 65 foot long sluice and the treasures are left in the pan.  An identification card is included for children to learn more about their gems or fossils.

Mister Happy Gem Mine is located at Sky High, near Holiday Valley’s Tannenbaum Lodge.  Plans are to open on Saturday June 9th and 10th from11a.m. to 6 p.m. and then it will be open daily from 11a.m. to 6 p.m. daily starting June 15th.  The cost is $6 for a 3 pound bag of gems, $7 for a 3 pound bag of fossils and shark's teeth and $10 for a 5 pound bag of gems.

A Grand Opening Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 23rd at 11a. m. Special prizes will be hidden in the mining bags on that day including a season pass to Holiday Valley’s summer pool complex.

Holiday Valley’s Sky High Adventure Park also contains the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster for ages 3 and up, the Sky High Climbing Forest for ages 5 and up and the Sky High Aerial Adventure Park for ages 7 and up, along with a snack bar and picnic facilities. For information about Sky High go to or call 716.699.4444.

About Holiday Valley Resort

Holiday Valley is Western New York’s largest year ‘round resort featuring 60 slopes and trails, 13 lifts, 3 base lodges, slope side lodging and dining, conference facilities, an 18 hole golf course, a tree top aerial adventure park, a mountain coaster and a summer pool complex.  Holiday Valley is New York State’s most visited ski resort.

Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville is on the web at