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On-Snow Training Camp at HV Nov. 27-29

By Eva Potter

Ski teams have a unique training opportunity this year. An on-snow, early season training camp hosted by Holiday Valley Nov. 27-29 will give racers a leg up on the competition this winter.

Holiday Valley Terrain Parks and Events Manager Mike Nenno said, “Many teams look to get their season off to an early start but, unfortunately, not all ski areas have snow at that time of year, so teams end up traveling to Vermont, Canada or even Colorado for the early snow. We feel with our continuous improvement in automated snowmaking that we can now offer teams the chance to get on snow early and not have to travel as far to find snow.”

The training camp package includes three lift tickets for Friday through Sunday, daily dryland training sessions, shuttle service to the Mountain Sports Center, three nights of lodging at the Inn at Holiday Valley Thursday through Sunday and a continental buffet breakfast daily.

The goal of this camp is to offer teams a chance to get some early on-snow training for kids ages 8–18 coming with their own coaches for a jump-start on the competition season.

“The camp is open to anyone and we have had lots of inquiries from across the state and Pennsylvania,” said Nenno. “We can accommodate up to 200 kids, as we are doing a morning indoor dryland session each day and are limited for space with that.”

The dryland training sessions are geared toward youth to teach stretches and additional exercises that they can do on their own at home to improve their fitness for the upcoming racing season.

The camp takes place the last weekend in November, which happens to coincide with the weekend Holiday Valley plans to open the resort for the winter.

Jane Eshbaugh, marketing director at Holiday Valley, said, “If all the stars align and we’re able to open on Thanksgiving weekend, this will be an excellent event for Holiday Valley and the community. With our growing automated snowmaking system, a nice cold snap will allow our snowmakers to get out there and get some trails open!”

If there is enough snow, Holiday Valley plans to build a mogul course for freestyle campers to train. In addition, if a team wants to run gates during their session and not just free ski, they can rent a reserved space to set up a racecourse for an additional charge. If teams need coaches, that can also be arranged. They can also rent other racing equipment as needed.

Only a few slopes will be dedicated for training camp use.

“It all depends on Mother Nature, but more than likely it will be Edelweiss and Yodeler trails,” Nenno said.

“It’s a great opportunity for race and freestyle team members from the East to be able to ski early in the year in preparation for their competitive seasons, and it is always nice for the kids, coaches and families staying in our lodging and shopping in the village,” said Eshbaugh.

Special lodging rates are offered for training camp weekend at the Inn at Holiday Valley Thursday through Sunday. Room rates are $300 per person (two in a room) or $600 (one person in room). Special rates for coaches traveling with teams and individuals are offered as well.

The camp will be run as weather permits; any unused portion of the camp due to uncooperative weather will be refunded.

To make plans and reservations for your team or to get more information, please contact Mike Nenno at Holiday Valley at (716) 699-2345, ext. 4434.

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