Night Skiing, Night Chillin’ and Night Life
By Alicia Dziak
There’s nothing quite like riding the chairlift in the dark and hitting the slopes under the night sky. Whether you’re soaring through the snow-covered pines on Tannenbaum, gliding across the wide-open Morningstar, or freestyling your way down Foxfire, skiing and riding under the lights is an experience not to be missed. Night skiing at the Valley has been going strong since the mid-1970s, and it’s definitely safe to say that it’s an EVL tradition.
Although certain lifts close after dark (Boardwalk, Eagle, SnowPine and Spruce), skiers can still access the majority of the lifts and, in turn, the trails they service, after the sun has lowered behind the hills.
Nine lifts— Mardi Gras, Cindy’s, Yodeler, Morning Star, Creekside, Tannenbaum, Sunrise, Ski School Tow, and Chute (Thursday-Sunday nights), are all open for night skiing, giving guests access to 37 slopes. “We have 13 greens, 13 blues and 11 black slopes open at night,” said Jane Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley’s marketing director.
If you need another excuse to love night skiing, how about the fact that it’ll save you money? A lift ticket from 4–10 p.m. is only $34 for adults and $28 for juniors, offering six hours of skiing for a great price.
While skiers and riders hope that the season will go late this year, night skiing is only available through Saturday, March 19. Don’t wait too long to head out and enjoy your night under the Enchanted Mountains stars!
Looking for a different kind of outdoor nighttime winter fun? Check out Holiday Valley’s tubing park, located on Route 242, for 20 lanes of tubing fun where all the thrills and none of the hard work (you get a ride up the hill!) can be yours. The tubing park is open Thursday-Saturday until 9 p.m. and Sundays until 6 p.m. Take advantage of the free shuttle from Holiday Valley’s Resort Services Center.
Holiday Valley, ranked No. 3 in the East in aprés/nightlife by Ski Magazine, offers many options to wind down once the chairlifts stop spinning.
Grab a bite and a beer at John Harvard’s Brew House, located in the Tamarack Club, or head to one of the lodges and relax by a fireplace or outdoor fire pit. You can also warm up poolside in the heated indoor/outdoor pools at the Inn at Holiday Valley or Tamarack Club. And on Saturdays through Pond Skimming weekend (April 2), you can listen to live music or DJ-spun tunes at Yodeler Lodge or the T-Bar.
For even more aprés ski fun, head to the Village of Ellicottville, where loads of dining and nightlife action awaits.
Take your pick from burgers, Italian, steaks, BBQ, and everything in between from the fine dining establishments lining the Village streets. There’s live music at the Gin Mill every Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday, as well as some Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays year-round. And Balloons features live music every Friday and Saturday, followed by a DJ spinning all your faves on two fun-filled dance floors.
Check out the entertainment listing on page 3 of the Ellicottville Times every week to make sure you catch your faves.
The hustle and bustle of EVL only picks up after the sun goes down. Whether it’s flying down the mountain, chillin’ by an outdoor firepit, indulging in comfort food with the family or dancing the night away with your friends, EVL after dark has got you covered!