Holiday Valley is opening the slopes and its brand new lodge this Saturday! Thanks to the diligent mountain and snowmaking crew, the slopes will be open 8:30 a.m.–10 p.m. The Creekside, Mardi Gras and Yodeler chairs will service School Haus, Mardi Gras, Yodeler and the Candy Cane Loop. Only $45 for an 8-hour lift ticket. Stay tuned for next week’s hours to be announced on Sunday.
Yum! is on the Menu at Holiday Valley
By Jann Wiswall
You might usually have a hankering for a burger and fries after a few runs down the slopes, but at Holiday Valley, the new and expanded menu options at the Mountainside Grill and McCarty’s Café in the gorgeous new lodge could make your taste buds change course.
Holiday Valley’s Executive Chef David Seitz is more than excited about the new lodge and, especially, the brand new high-tech kitchen that serves all of the resort’s main dining facilities.
“We look forward to putting everything to the test to see how far we can go to make every dining experience just a little bit better,” he said.
Grilled burgers, chicken and hot dogs with fries are, of course, a customer favorite, so don’t despair; they’re permanently on the menu and they are delicious. But your lunch and dinner choices also include items from the enormous salad bar, the abundant carving station and the brand new stone-hearth pizza oven, along with hearty soups and chef’s specials. There are also many sandwiches, salads and snacks available to grab-and-go both at McCarty’s and at the Grill.
Those seeking healthy dining options have many new choices. In addition to the salad bar, the resort offers an assortment of low-calorie, vegetarian and/or gluten-free items (including pizza), and will be introducing freshly made sushi. There also is a variety of specialty salads – Greek, spinach and berries, baby beet, broccoli and more.
McCarty’s Café now has a state-of-the-art espresso machine that makes all of your favorite specialty coffees. The café also offers a wide selection of healthful beverages such as Naked™ juices, Inko™ teas and coconut water. Breakfast items such as bagels, baked goods, granola, fresh fruit, breakfast sandwiches, etc. are on the morning menu, too. These items, plus hot breakfast selections such as eggs, pancakes and more are served at the Mountainside Grill beginning at 8 a.m.
The two bars in the lodge, Ullr Bar on the ground level and the T-Bar on the second level, feature expanded pub-style menus, along with beers, wines, mixed drinks and hot coffee beverages.
Dine in Comfort
The architecture and ambiance of the new lodge makes the dining experience even more special. According to Holiday Valley Marketing Director Jane Eshbaugh, the new lodge can hold 50 percent more people at a time than the old lodge.
“It’s definitely more spacious, but at the same time it feels cozy with the new décor, the vaulted ceilings and the many stone fireplaces,” she said. With heated decks and seating outside on all levels and unsurpassed views of the slopes through floor-to-ceiling windows inside, there is no bad spot for a meal, snack or beverage.
The larger capacity and new design features also mean that there is much more dedicated conference and special event space at the resort. The lodge can accommodate meetings and parties of 20-500 people, depending on the day, said Eshbaugh.
Seitz believes that the new conference facilities will be “the shining star of Cattaraugus County.” With the new kitchen facilities, he added, “our catering department has the opportunity to offer bigger, more elaborate parties.”
There’s no need to wait for snow in order to try out McCarty’s Café. It’s open from 7 a.m. through the afternoon for guests and local residents alike. The Grill and bars, as well as the dining facilities at Tannenbaum and Yodeler Lodges, will open as soon as the lifts start running. Hours for all dining areas are flexible.
“We’ll open around 8 a.m. and stay open as long into the evening as is warranted based on demand,” said Eshbaugh.