Readers of SKI Magazine ranked Holiday Valley as the 5th best resort in eastern North America in the October 2013 issue of this national publication. The Resort Guide is based on a survey of 40,000 SKI Magazine readers conducted during the 2012-13 season. The magazine asks the readers what matters most to them in a resort, and then asks them to rank resorts they have visited over the past year using those criteria.
Holiday Valley’s President, Dennis Eshbaugh said, “We are especially proud of our number five ranking, as Holiday Valley is the only resort in the top 10 to have less than 1,500 feet of vertical drop. What Holiday Valley might lack in the size of the mountain, it makes up in top-notch service and facilities.”
Leading the rankings are “lifts” at number one and “service and on-mountain food” at number two. “Dining and après ski” ranked third, “lodging” ranked fourth and “off-hill activities and access” ranked fifth. “Weather” ranked number six and “family programs” ranked number seven.
Holiday Valley’s lifts consistently rank at or near the top of the list thanks to an efficient lift layout, excellent maintenance and continual reinvestment. The resort has built or replaced seven quad chairlifts over the past 12 years alone.
Last season was the debut of the Holiday Valley Lodge that features the Mountainside Grille. This marketplace-style eatery with its stone hearth pizza oven, carving station and homemade soups and chili certainly helped Holiday Valley earn the number two ranking for on-mountain food.
Après ski and off hill activities ratings can be attributed to the nearby village of Ellicottville – the perfect ski town with an eclectic mix of dining, shopping, services, welcoming people and a down-to-earth atmosphere. The Holiday Valley Tubing Company, the Mountain Coaster and miles of cross-country trails provide action for outdoor enthusiasts.
Holiday Valley excels at making families feel welcome. Creekside Mountain Adventures and the Holiday Valley Day Care offer fun and nurturing for children age 6 months to 12 years. The family-friendly Tannenbaum area offers the Mountain Coaster, a thrilling ride that twists and turns through the woods and a secluded fort. Very affordable season-long skiing for families is offered through multi-week programs and packages that include lodging.
Eshbaugh continued, “This year marks the eighth time in ten years that Holiday Valley has ranked in the top ten resorts in Eastern North America. We appreciate the support of our skiers and pledge to continue to earn your praise through hard work, careful planning and exciting improvements.”