Be it with a trip with friends, family, or with our significant other, we are always looking for destinations which are charming and fun alike. With the winter vacations just around the corner, you must be looking for a place to escape from the monotonous, turmoil like the life of the city.
For it is the first snowflake that brings a smile to your face, this winter, experience the snow and its magic at the traditionally modern Holiday Valley Ski Resort. With something for everyone in its sack, Holiday Valley Ski Resort, established in 1957, is one of the most known and oldest ski resorts in the United States. The main attraction at the Holiday Valley Resort is the Ski Mountain- with a whopping number of 56 slopes and 13 lifts. In the past several decades, the resort has received accolades from the ski community. Holiday Valley has been featured in the ‘Buffalo Business First’ Journal as one of the top ten Eastern Ski Resorts for six years till 2009.
Located in the Northeastern United States, Holiday valley is a ski resort in Ellicottville, New York. Quite near to many prominent cities, it is at a distance of 1 hour from Buffalo, about 2 hours from Erie, Elmira and Rochester, 3 hours from Cleveland, Toronto, Youngstown and 5 hours from Detroit and Columbus making it readily available from the highways connecting these cities. This makes Holiday Valley one of the finest places to visit during the winters and have fun with family and friends; skiing down the picturesque slopes of the grand mountains.
Total Skiable Area : 290 acres.
Base Elevation: 1500 feet (457m)
Summit Elevation: 2250 feet (686m)
Vertical Drop: 750 feet (229m)
Average annual snowfall : 15 feet (4.6 m)
The resort lays claim to a lift-served vertical drop of 750 feet. The base elevation at Holiday Valley Ski Area is 1500 feet high above sea level with the top elevation at the height of 2250 feet. The resort experiences an annual snowfall of about 15 feet (4.6 m).
The Holiday Valley has a total skiable area of around 290 acres. The resort features a total of 58 runs, Out of these beginner runs are 34%, intermediate runs account for 28%, while 37 % are for advanced and 1% runs are exclusive for the experts. The longest run spans an area of 1 mile. The resort also features five terrain parks out of which The Wall, The Wall Bottom and the Wall Top are the toughest and can be accessed only by the experts.
With total uphill skier capacity of 23,850 persons per hour, the resort features 13 lifts in total out of which three are high-speed quad chairs, eight fixed grip quad chairs, and two surface lifts.
Afraid to ski as you’ve never done it before? Don’t miss out on all the fun and adventure just because of this. The resort offers skiing lessons for all age groups. Learn skiing, cross country trailing, snowboarding and telemark skiing by national level training instructors and coaches
Fall Festival – Holiday Valley Resort and the adjacent local Tamarack Club come together each year to host a festival each year usually held in the first weekend of October. The event features a 5 km long foot race, chair lift rides, a mountain bike race, food, shopping and other activities to welcome the coming winter season.
Summer Festival – The surrounding town of Ellicottville holds the annual Summer Festival of the Arts is one of the major events held at the resort and the Holiday Valley is a partial promoter of the event. The festival features various concerts and art displays and is held in the first weekend of July.
Double Black Diamond Golf Course – For the summer months, the resort features the Double Black Diamond Golf Course that is actually an 18 hole golf course which bends around the base of the ski mountain. The course opens to the visitors near the end of April ever year and shuts down around the month of October, varying year to year.
Sky High Adventure Park – Another of the resort’s skiing off- season attraction, Sky High Adventure Park includes high ropes courses and a coaster ride which takes the tourists on a 2,490 ft. descent down the mountain.
Holiday Valley ski resort offers two kinds of season passes:
The Classic Season Pass: For those looking for season-long skiing and riding with flexible timings and convenience, this pass is for you. You have the options of either a day pass or a night pass or a Combo Pass. With the Classic Season Pass, you also get benefits like picnics on the hills, private first tracks and also, discounts at other resorts.
Ultimate Passes: These passes are of great value providing you with the options of the day, night, Sunday skiing and riding. The other variants of this pass give you with the options of lift tickets also.
The resort also provides with the facility of renting equipment at the resort. The resort offers well-maintained equipment to children and adults alike. Rent anything you need for skiing well in advance for attractive discounts.
The Holiday Valley has its own Inn. The Inn is a comfortable place to hang out around with friends, eat, drink and sleep away the exhaustion of the skiing trip. One mile downtown Ellicottville, the Inn is situated at the perfect spot amongst the ski slopes. Find rooms of several styles – be it vintage or modern rooms with fireplaces or Jacuzzi tubs; whatever fits you best in mind and for the pocket.
Another option for accommodation is the Tamarack Club which is Holiday Valley’s resort newest hotel. It has easy access to the base area, and the rooms are well provided for. Amenities of heated outdoor/indoor pool, Wi-Fi and winter shuttle service are also available.
The resort pricing comes about $ 72- $ 124 depending on the activities you opt for, the number of lifts you go for. Not the cheapest as compared to other ski resorts, the price range scores a bit more than the average ones. But compared to the skiable area provided, you can surely say that it is of value to the dollar. Also, Holiday Valley ski resort offers an area of 189 acres of night skiing, a bit more than the others.
Apart from skiing, the 58 runs, five terrain parks and 13 lifts, Holiday Valley Resort also offers tubing, snow making, night skiing and snowshoeing for the guests. You can also go for tubing or join one of the mountain sports clubs the resort has.
This winter, wander around and get lost amidst the snow laden valley. Come, experience the feel of being on the top of the mountain, the thrill of skiing down at a tremendous speed, the childlike joy when playing with the snow. Come, experience the aura of contentment and serenity that’ll surround you when you get captivated by the scenic; just beautiful view of the area as you take a long breath on the mountain peak. Come, experience the thrill, fun, adventure – all at one place. Go back, with not just snaps but with memories for a lifetime. Come, fall in love with this place and all the people you’ll meet and go skiing with on this journey. For sometimes, it’s not the gadgets, staying in luxurious hotels, going for a spa that can make you happy from inside, but connecting with nature and meeting your inner self can do so.
So go ahead, plan a vacation, book your tickets and embrace yourself for an enthralling rendezvous and return with memories to cherish forever.
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