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2014-15 Winter Season to Begin Soon 

By Alicia Dziak

The temperature is dropping and the snow is starting to fall in Ellicottville, which can only mean one thing—ski season is fast
approaching! With Holiday Valley planning a tentative opening day of Nov. 28, the resort’s staff  and crews are busy getting ready for another exciting winter on the slopes, and what does everyone on the hill need to make it exciting? Snow, of course!

With the recent cold temperatures, Holiday Valley’s Director of Mountain Operations, Steve Crowley, announced that the weather
forecast is favorable to begin snowmaking on Monday, Nov. 17. Temperatures are predicted to drop into the 20s Monday evening and will stay cold through Thursday, with continued cold predicted after that. The Holiday Valley snowmaking crew is prepared to take full advantage of these good snowmaking conditions and will be making snow on Yodeler, Mardi Gras, Candy Cane, Laurel, Punch Bowl, Sugar Plum and School Haus initially.

To further improve the snowmaking process, Holiday Valley has installed 58 new HKD Impulse automated snowguns on Snowledge, The Wall, Morning Star and Crystal, giving Holiday Valley the ability to make even more and better quality snow all season long across the mountain. A turbo fan gun also is being installed at the Holiday Valley Tubing Park.

In addition, two new webcams were added to Holiday Valley’s website (www.holidayvalley.com/web-cams) so anxious skiers and riders can keep track of natural snowfall as well as snowmaking operations. The new cameras are located at the top of Mardi Gras and the top of Morning Star.

What’s the perfect complement to more snow? More places to ski it! Opening day patrons will notice three new connecting trails: Peppermint Lane spans from the top of Morning Star to Crystal, Bear Paw will allow skiers to easily get from Sunrise to Bear Cub, and the third, which will be an extension of Cindy’s, will give beginners access from the Inn at Holiday Valley to the base area and the Snowsports School from Sunrise. New trail and slope maps will be available as soon as the snow falls to guide guests through the
additions.

Other improvements include the new stone clock tower and bridge that have been completed outside the main lodge. The clock tower’s design is similar to the one razed during the 2012 construction of the new lodge and serves as a great meeting place and information station.  In addition, the Eagle Trail has been widened, groomers have been tuned up, and the crew is completing line work on the lifts.

The non-stop and behind-the-scenes efforts of everyone at Holiday Valley is sure to result in another fun-filled season on the slopes. Gear up, get ready and think snow!

For more information, visit www.holidayvalley.com.

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