November 20, 2019, Ellicottville, NY: Holiday Valley’s President, Dennis Eshbaugh is pleased to announce the 2019-20 winter season will begin on Saturday, November 23rd. According to Eshbaugh, “With the cold temperatures we had ideal conditions last week and weekend to make a lot of snow, over 300-acre feet! We’ve let that snow cure and now we’re grooming it out to make a nice smooth skiing surface. This allows us to open a week ahead of schedule for a preview weekend.”
The resort, Western New York’s largest featuring 60 slopes and trails, 13 lifts, and 3 base lodges, plans to open 6 slopes with 3 lifts on Saturday at 8:30 AM. Operations will continue to 10 PM on Saturday, and again from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Sunday.
The slopes will be closed Monday through Thursday, and then will open for the winter season on Friday, November 29th, weather permitting. Reduced ticket prices will be offered for this preview weekend at $45 adults, $35 juniors (age 7-11) for 8 hours and $42 adults, $32 juniors for 4 hours. Night tickets are $28 for adults and $25 for juniors. Beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain will be available. Limited services will be available.
Snowmaking was conducted on a total of 10 slopes using up to 230 snowguns at a time, thanks to Holiday Valley’s automated snowmaking system where guns are centrally controlled by a computer. Holiday Valley has the largest automated snowmaking system of its kind in the East, allowing quick startups and shutdowns. The 300 acre feet Mr. Eshbaugh referred to means that enough was made to cover 300 acres with one foot of snow.
Saturday’s open lifts will include ‘Mardi Gras’, ‘Yodeler’ and ‘Creekside Quad’ chairs and runs include School Haus, Mardi Gras, Yodeler, Candy Cane, Crystal and Sugar Plum. Additionally the resort made snow on Morning Star, Cindy’s, Sunrise and Tannenbaum and plans are to stockpile that snow until the 29th opening.
About Holiday Valley Resort
Holiday Valley is Western New York’s largest year ‘round resort featuring 60 slopes and trails, 13 lifts, 3 base lodges, slope-side lodging and dining, conference facilities, an 18-hole golf course, a tree top aerial adventure park, a mountain coaster and a summer pool complex.
Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville is on the web at www.holidayvalley.com.
How to get to Holiday Valley from Toronto
Ellicottville is located on Route 219, just 50 miles (90 kms) south of Buffalo and less than three hours from Toronto. Take the QEW to Fort Erie, cross the Peace Bridge and take 190 South to Interstate 90 West (the NYS Thruway.) Take Exit 55 to Rt. 219 South. Follow 219 for 50 miles to Ellicottville, then 1 mile farther south on 219 to Holiday Valley.
Holiday Valley advises Canadian travellers to, check this website for Canadian traffic conditions that are updated every 15 minutes. For a mobile website, use mobile.peacebridge.com. The phone number is (800) 715-6722.