In less than nine short months, the old Clubhouse Chalet at Holiday Valley was demolished and replaced by a 66,000 square foot, $12 million grand lodge that is now open for everyone to enjoy.
The exterior features heated decks on all levels and unsurpassed views of the slopes through floor-to-ceiling windows. There is better access to the lodge from more angles and more elevators have been installed in response to skiers’ requests.
“We used stone and cedar on the exterior to be consistent with materials used at the newer Yodeler and Tannenbaum lodges,” said Holiday Valley Marketing Director Jane Eshbaugh.
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 that give the lodge a distinctive personality.
The interior features vibrant colors, extensive stonework and gorgeous carpentry finishes. On the ground level, you’ll find an expanded McCarty’s Café, a much larger High Performance and Rental Shop, the Snowsports School desk, two roomy seasonal locker rooms, a spacious daily locker room with credit/debit-card swipe locks, and enormous restrooms with handsome stone and tile work that will be the envy of ski areas across the country.
On the main level, guests enter into a three-story atrium with a grand staircase and elevators to all floors. Inside, lobby seating areas offer a panoramic view of the slopes and generous access to two decks, one with a cozy fire pit.
The new Mountainside Grill features a beautifully tiled gourmet pizza oven, several self-serve food stations and plenty of room to move around. The new Ullr Bar with stone fireplace and 180-degree views will no doubt be a popular watering hole for the après ski crowd. Behind the scenes, there’s a huge main kitchen with top-of-the-line equipment and dedicated elevators to other floors. The cheerfully decorated Children’s Day Care Center also is located on the main level.
Expanded conference and events spaces are on the top level, along with the main bar – the T-Bar. The impressive cedar-lined, three-story cathedral ceiling, an enormous fireplace and two more decks make this light-filled area ideal for meetings and activities year round.
The existing Children’s Center building, which also houses locker and restrooms for the pool complex and the Mountain Shop/Golf Shop on the lower level, will remain in place. Future plans involve tearing down the top floor and replacing it with a plaza overlooking the slopes.
An Artful Blend
of Old and New
The old and new have all found special places in the beautiful new lodge at Holiday Valley. The lodge’s décor skillfully blends original new art created by local artists including a mixed media triptych of spruces on Tannenbaum slope by artist Sean Huntington, photographs by Steve Gotreau and Eshbaugh, and lighting and decorative metal work from Paul Boccolucci. Take a careful look around and you will recognize art from the original Clubhouse Chalet by Carly Hill, as well as a real T-bar lift hanging in the T-Bar area on the upper level of the lodge. There is also a gorgeous concrete inlaid bar that was built, stained and polished on site by Tom Lowry. Bob McCarthy and Hugh Dunne lent their woodworking design skills to make one-of-a-kind solid wood tables for the T-Bar.
Former Franklinville native Lee Stranburg designed the new lodge with his design team from Design & Supply, Co. of Chalfont, Pa. For the last 19 years, Stranburg has left his signature stamp on design projects for the resort. His firm has worked with the award-winning ski resort to create expansive, welcoming interiors for its lodges, the Inn at Holiday Valley, the Tamarack Club and Guest Services Center. It took Stranburg’s design team of four about a month to draw up a plan that incorporated Holiday Valley’s ideas and melded them with everyday functionality, solid durability and esthetic design.
Eshbaugh noted that “the entire lodge is designed for flexibility.” Movable partition walls allow for spaces on the main and second levels to be set up in multiple configurations for private parties, weddings and meeting rooms.
“Our conference and event planning activities are growing, but the old chalet wasn’t keeping up with that growth,” Eshbaugh said. “The new lodge enables us to offer so much more to conference-goers,” she added.
Family Friendly Dining Options
Take a break from the slopes and sample some of the tasty offerings at the new lodge. While you’ll find grilled burgers, chicken and hot dogs with fries, you can also take your taste buds on a culinary adventure.
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.
New lunch and dinner choices 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. 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 first level and the T-Bar on the second level, feature expanded pub-style menus, along with beers, wines, mixed drinks and hot coffee beverages.
“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,” said Eshbaugh. 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.
Grab your gear and check it out for yourself!
Holiday Valley is Western New York’s largest year round resort featuring 58 slopes and trails, 13 lifts, three base lodges, slopeside lodging and dining, conference facilities, an 18-hole golf course, a treetop aerial adventure park and a mountain coaster. Holiday Valley is New York State’s most visited ski resort.
More details at www.holidayvalley.com.