Even with the disappointing absence of snow, the ground floor of the new $12 million Holiday Valley Lodge will be open to the public as of Saturday, Dec. 1. Visitors coming to explore the new $12 million lodge surely will be impressed by its carefully planned and crafted indoor and outdoor spaces, all built in less than eight months.
As soon as you step inside, you’ll discover shimmering tile work, richly painted walls, expansive windows, vaulted ceilings, custom furniture, as well as ski memorabilia and original artwork from local artists and artisans like Sean Huntington, Paul Boccolucci, Steve Gotreu, Jane Eshbaugh, Carly Hill, and original furniture by Bob McCarthy and an inlaid bar by Tom Lowry, which all contribute to the lodge’s distinctive personality.
On the ground level, you will find an expanded McCarty’s Café, a much larger High Performance and Rental Shop, the Adult Snowsports School desk, two roomy seasonal locker rooms and a spacious daily locker room with credit/debit-card swipe locks. While this may sound strange, be sure to make a pit stop in the bathrooms – they’re gorgeous!
Beginning Saturday, Dec. 1, McCarty’s Café will open at 7 a.m. daily and will close mid- to late-afternoon, between 2–5 p.m. for the next week, depending on guest traffic. You can also check out the High Performance (tuning) and Rental Shop from 8 a.m.–3 p.m., with hours also dependent on traffic.
The new 66,000-square-foot building replaces the 50-year-old Clubhouse Chalet and serves as the base lodge during the ski season and as a year round conference center. The lodge contains a food service area, two bars, a coffee shop, equipment rental and repair shops, the Adult Snowsports School desk, locker rooms and day care, as well as modular reception and conference rooms. The main and top levels of the lodge are set to open Dec. 15.
On the main level, you’ll find seating areas with a panoramic view of the slopes and two sizable decks, one with a fire pit. The new Mountainside Grill will feature gourmet pizza, several self-serve food stations and plenty of room to move around. The stone fireplace and 180-degree views in the Ullr Bar with will surely become a popular watering hole for the après ski crowd. Parents can drop their children off at the cheerfully decorated Day Care Center also is located on the main level.
The top floor of the lodge is generously designed with a soaring three-story cathedral ceiling with tongue-and-groove cedar decking, hefty wooden beams, a two-story stone chimney with a double fireplace and extra-large exterior decks. Expanded conference and events spaces are on the top level, along with the main bar – the T-Bar.
Construction of the lodge began in March 2012, with over 250 tradespeople from over 30 companies working on the building. Most contractors were from the local Western New York/Western Pennsylvania area.