Holiday Valley offers plenty of outdoor activities amid COVID summer

The pool complex at Holiday Valley is open, but capacity is limited. Two sessions are open to the public daily, and swimmers are advised to reserve a spot in advance at holidayvalley.com/summer/pools.

ELLICOTTVILLE — The dog days of summer are here and Holiday Valley offers plenty of cool activities to keep families busy but safe during the pandemic.

Marketing Director Jane Eshbaugh said business has been good and steadily increasing as the restrictions have been eased. She said they are supportive of the various mandates from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

They believe the slow and steady method is working to help slow the spread of COVID-19, and adherence to the mandates helps to reassure guests that their risk is reduced, Eshbaugh said.

“Overall, we are pleased with our business so far after we started opening the various attractions and services,” she said. “While we are not able to handle our normal number of guests right now, they definitely have enthusiasm and excitement for the summer and the upcoming winter season.”

Eshbaugh said their reopening began April 24 when they officially opened the golf course. All 18 holes are open and carts are available. The driving range and golf shop are also open. New York State requires masks be worn in the shop. Golfers are reminded to maintain a safe social distance of 6-feet. Call 699-3939 for tee times.

For those seeking adventure, the Sky High Mountain Coaster, Sky High Adventure Aerial Park, Gem Mining, 3D Climbing Forest and E-Bike Rentals are all open for the summer. Eshbaugh said the venues opened for weekends starting June 13, then daily on June 26.

“The coaster opened the weekend of June 20, then daily on June 26 with safe spacing,” she said. “Family groups can be together, but must be able to maintain social distance.”

Enjoy the hot, sultry days of summer at Holiday Valley’s Pool Complex and Cabana Bar. Eshbaugh said the pools and Cabana Bar are open daily for the summer, but the pools are running at limited capacity. Anyone interested in using the pools can book a spot at holidayvalley.com/summer/pools.

“The pools opened June 17,” she said. “There are two sessions open to the public and it is strongly advised to reserve ahead, especially on weekends, as the capacity is limited.”

Eshbaugh said they are taking it one week at a time at John Harvard's Brew House located in the Tamarack Club. She said the restaurant opened July 4th weekend. According to John Harvard's Facebook page, the restaurant is open for dinners Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. The Cabana Bar is open from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. everyday. Patrons may order off a limited lunch/dinner menu or have a cold cocktail by the pool. As per the New York State mandate, patrons must wear masks at all times unless seated.

Lodging at the resort is not a problem, according to Eshbaugh, who said all three places are currently open. She said the Inn at Holiday Valley has been able to stay open throughout the entire COVID-19 period. Rental properties opened in June and the Tamarack Club opened in late June.

“Capacities are not limited, but we have to limit congregating in common areas,” she said.

Holiday Valley is always upgrading the resort to offer even more enjoyment for their guests. Eshbaugh said there are several major projects underway this summer. They are doing some more work in the glades and other slope enhancements, purchasing a new grooming tractor, and expanding their snowmaking operation.

For more information about the activities and events at Holiday Valley, visit online at holidayvalley.com and Facebook.

(Contact press reporter Deb Everts at salpressdeb@gmail.com)