By Alicia Dziak
Valentine’s Day! Presidents Day! February break! You and the fam have a lot to celebrate, and heading to EVL means the fun can and will go non-stop from now until the kiddos head back to school on Feb. 22.
How are you going to spend the mid-winter break?
If hitting the slopes is on your agenda, break week is the perfect time to enjoy extra time on the slopes at both resorts.
HoliMont is open to all from Monday through Friday, so even non-members can enjoy short lift lines, a variety of terrain and delicious food in the chalet at the largest private ski area in North America.
At Holiday Valley, you can let the kids stay up late on a weeknight and take in some nighttime skiing. Dozens of trails are open all day and into the night, and are sure to keep everyone active. When you need a break, enjoy a hot chocolate fireside at the lodges or grab a waffle at the base of Cindy’s for an extra special treat.
If you prefer to hit the trails on cross country skis, EVL has you covered. Explore the trails along Holiday Valley’s golf course at the base of the mountain for free. They’re open during daylight hours and there are solar lights for a nighttime ski — just be sure to stay away from the ponds (marked with ropes) that are used for snowmaking. For just $12, you can purchase a two-ride cross country lift ticket for the Mardi Gras, Cindy’s or Tannenbaum lifts, and ski along the ridgeline from Cindy’s to Spruce Lake. Then you can ride the Mardi Gras or Tannenbaum chair back down, or ski down one of the easier trails like Tannenbaum or Explorer/Day’s End. Cross country rental skis, boots and poles are $18 per day.
Adventurous and experienced cross country skiers can also use the miles of mountain bike trails in the state forest bordering Holiday Valley. These trails are not patrolled or maintained, so be sure you know all the precautions needed to be a responsible back country skier.
Snowshoeing is also available on the lower slopes and on the golf course at Holiday Valley, but please stay to the side of the cross country tracks. Snowshoes are available to rent from the High Performance Shop for $18 for 8 hours.
How about some high speed thrills with minimal work? Check out the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster and hop in a car that takes you up a track to the top, where you control your speed on the way down as you twirl and whirl your way through the trees. The coaster, located near Holiday Valley’s Tannenbaum Lodge, will be open daily during the break, with extended hours on the weekends.
Another great option is the Holiday Valley Tubing Company, located just a few miles outside of town, where you can soar down 20 lanes in an inflatable tube and then get a rope-tow ride back up to the top. A free shuttle is available from Holiday Valley. Extended hours during the February break are Feb 15, 11a.m.-6 p.m. and Feb 16-17, 4:30-9 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 17 is also US Army Day at the Tubing Park. Just mention “US Army Day” and pay half price for an all night ticket.
Need to plan some indoor activities? Warm up with some bowling and arcade games at EVL Bowling. Bond with the tweens over manis and pedis at one of the relaxing EVL spas. Get in some retail therapy at the village shops and boutiques. Grab a bite at one of the many fine eateries along the way.
Whether you’re in EVL for the long weekend or for a day mid-week, there’s something for everyone all week long. Come out and enjoy the sights, sounds and endless fun this time of year!