Thursday, June 05, 2014
Peek'n Peak's new aerial park offers zip-lines, challenges and thrills, no snow required
Findley Lake, New York – Hit the slopes this summer – but leave the skis behind – for a downhill adventure with no snow required.
Peek'n Peak Resort in western New York last month debuted an Aerial Adventure Course – with zip-lines, rope bridges, cargo nets and more.
The up-in-the-air playground features eight separate courses – rated by degree of difficulty using a system similar to ski slopes, from easy to double-black diamond. Visitors buy a three-hour pass and can challenge themselves as much (or as little) as they like.
"The purple courses are the easiest – they introduce you to the whole experience," said Nick Scott Jr., vice president of Scott Enterprises, the Erie, Pa.-company that bought the resort in 2011. "As you become more confident, you move up the ladder. And they get more challenging as you go along."
The park – similar to one that rival resort Holiday Valley in nearby Ellicottville added in 2011 – is part of a widespread effort by ski resorts to extend their appeal into the warm-weather months.
Peek'n Peak's aerial park is located among the trees between Finsbury Field and Nottingham Notch slopes; the nearby Sugar Shack serves as the ticketing and training area.
And coming next month: a Mountain Zipline that will extend down the entire side of the hill. Riders will take a chairlift to the top, then strap in for a 2,000-foot-long flight to the bottom. The zip-line will be split in two – riders will transfer to a second line about halfway down – because the slope is too steep for a single line, according to Scott.
Once they've reached the final tower, riders will have the choice of jumping into a giant airbag, rappelling to the ground or trying another, steeper line called a descending zip.
"Adding this aerial course and the zip-line will really help establish ourselves as a four-season resort," said Scott.
The price for the aerial park is $44 for a three-hour pass for ages 12 and up; the Mountain Zipline is another $29 (or do them both for $65). Pricing is reduced for 11 and under, though children must be at least 5 years old and 50 pounds to participate.
Other warm-weather options at Peek'n Peak include Segway tours, a bungy trampoline, mini-golf, two 18-hole golf courses, indoor and outdoor pools, and more. For more information: pknpk.com
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