By Rick Miller
Taking advantage of a cold snap, Holiday Valley began making snow just after midnight Thursday, Nov. 7
“We try to open the day after Thanksgiving,” said Holiday Valley marketing director Jane Eshbaugh. “Right now we’re looking at Nov. 29, weather permitting. But stay tuned.”
There is a 21-man mountain crew overseeing snow-making operations — three seven-worker shifts.
The switch was thrown to fire up automated snow guns, which account for about half the resort’s snow-making capabilities, Eshbaugh said.
“With this cold weather, it’s a great opportunity to get things rolling,” she said. “The ground is cold, but not frozen.”
With nearly two weeks of cold weather ahead, the decision was made to start making snow.
Easbaugh said, “One of our diehard skiers took a run this morning.
While Eshbaugh held
out hope for an early opening,
it won’t be the earliest skiing in the resort’s history.
“The earliest we ever opened was in October, but that was a long time ago,” she said. “We’re not looking for an early record, but if the snow’s there, we can do it.”
Eshbaugh said all 13 chairlifts have been inspected. The School Haus beginner’s conveyor lift has been placed in a track across the middle of Hole 16 on the golf course. The golf course closed Sunday.
The snowfall and beginning of snow-making come in the middle of orientation training for 1,200 employees — 600 in a Thursday night session and another 600 Saturday at the Yodeler Lodge.
For the Trucks n’ Brews event as part of Beer and Wine Fest, a giant bonfire Friday night at the bottom of Tannenbaum Slope temporarily held up snow-making activities, Eshbaugh said.