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Holiday Valley readies for winter season

ELLICOTTVILLE—As the winter season approaches and the temperatures start to get colder, local ski resorts including Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville have begun opening and making snow for the skiers and snowboarders.

Holiday Valley offers 60 slopes and terrain parks for those of all skill levels that offer over 30 miles of trails on 1,400 acres. Thirteen lifts, including three high speed quad lifts, help move skiers and snowboarders up the four distinct faces quickly with the capacity of 25,050 skiers per hour. Cross county skiing and snowshoeing is also offered at Holiday Valley with 10 kilometers of trails around the base area and 6 kilometers of trails along the ridgeline for a more challenging experience.

When not on the slopes, Holiday Valley resort offers a variety of amenities for those of all ages including multiple restaurants and bars, accommodations, the Sky Flier Mountain Coaster and the Holiday Valley Tubing Company.

“It’s like a little mini destination resort except we are right next door,” Holiday Valley Marketing Director Jane Eshbaugh said.

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This year, Eshbaugh said they have spent around $3.4 million on improvements to the resort. One of the biggest improvements was the addition of new automated snowmaking machines. Holiday Valley currently has over 700 snowguns on the resort, with around half of those now being automated, to help make the snowmaking process easier and quicker.

“It allows you to make snow in short windows of opportunity,” Eshbaugh said. “If it is just going to be cold for a few hours, we can make snow, versus having to go to each gun and turning each one on and turning each one off.”

Holiday Valley also introduced this year two new grooming machines, two new beginner trails and a new warming hut on top of Cindy’s Run.

Holiday Valley held its opening weekend Nov. 24-26, which Eshbaugh said was very positive with many people coming out for the first ski and snowboard of the season. While they are closed currently because of the warmer weather, the resort plans to reopen again Friday, Dec. 1, weather permitting.

This year, Eshbaugh said Holiday Valley has already made over 100 acre feet of snow throughout the resort and they will continue making snow to open more and more trails as the season progresses.

“We are ready to make snow again as soon as the weather gets cold enough and add to what was already opened,” Eschbaugh said.

For more information on Holiday Valley Resort, visit holidayvalley.com or call 699-2345.

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