Anyone who frequents Holiday Valley knows that with each season comes changes and improvements, and the upcoming ski and snowboarding season is no exception. Despite last year’s mild winter, the resort budgeted $1.2 million for snowmaking expansion, slope improvements and a new skier arrival area, among others.
Green Season Changes
A two-mile mountain bike “flow trail” was built, that starts at the mountain top and winds back and forth across the slopes to the base. This new trail, named Senear Valley, plus the Grinder trail that leads riders to the top of the mountain give riders access to the 34 miles of single track and logging trails in the state forest that borders Holiday Valley Resort.
The Holiday Valley Realty and Rental Management office has been relocated to 6084 Rt. 219 in Ellicottville, directly across from the Holiday Valley access road. The beautiful building is centrally located and more spacious, plus it offers plenty of parking for guests. As a former fast food restaurant, the drive through window was retained so that guests can pick up keys and even purchase lift tickets without having to leave their cars!
Skier Arrival Area
Last year, Holiday Valley changed the alignment of the access road to create better parking areas. (More than 1,000 trees and saplings were planted on the new access road.) To build upon that, this year, a new skier arrival area was constructed to tie in with the road. Besides making a great first impression, this arrival area will help direct visitors to the various services of the base area.
38 HKD Impulse snowguns were purchased, giving Holiday Valley a total of 608 snowguns. The new snowguns will replace older technology guns on Northwind and Cross Cut. Snowmaking will also be improved on Chute, Yodeler and Champagne to allow the resort to build moguls on the east sides of these slopes.
Holiday Valley’s night skiing hours will be modified for the upcoming season. Night skiing will now close at 9 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, and will remain open until 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Night lift tickets will be available starting at 3:30 p.m., versus 4:30 p.m. in the past.
Lift ticket rates have been established for the 2016-17 season. A weekday 8-hour lift ticket is $59, a weekend 8-hour ticket is $72 and a night ticket is $34. As an incentive to Canadians, Holiday Valley will offer a 20 percent exchange rate on Canadian cash or check purchases at the resort (excluding food and beverage).
There are many season-long pass options for skiers and riders who plan to hit the slopes multiple times. Stop by Customer Service during Fall Fest open house and enjoy pre-season pricing on Ultimate Passes. (The deadline for purchasing passes at this price was Sept. 15 and is only extended during Fall Fest.) If you can’t make it then, be sure to grab yours by Nov. 1, when the next price break expires.
Holiday Valley targets the day after Thanksgiving as the opening day for the season.
For more info, visit www.holidayvalley.com.