ELLICOTTVILLE – Students from the Career and Technical Education Center (CTE) collaborated with Holiday Valley on three projects to enhance Holiday Valley’s Mountainside Grill and Pizza, the new lodge, and the Terrain Garden.
CTE Lead Teacher Phil Stock said the Terrain Garden project began after Pat Morgan, Holiday Valley’s Terrain Park manager, visited Smuggler’s Notch ski terrain park in Vermont where he saw a terrain garden in operation. The visit resulted in his vision of a custom-crafted, movable log-structure known as the “Terrain Garden Outpost.”
“Morgan returned to Holiday Valley and asked if a small log-building could be constructed there,” he said. “The log building would be a place where families could gather for ski instruction for their kids.”
According to Stock, log construction artist Jerry Cobado created the structure with help from career and student interns from the CTE (under the auspices of CA BOCES) at Ellicottville. He said this building will serve as a training facility for families with small children interested in ski and snowboarding.
Stock said students and instructors from Building Technology, Welding, and Natural Resources responded to the request last September and worked on the log cabin project throughout the fall. Additionally, a student from Project Lead the Way/Computer Aided Design program (CADD) collaborated with the artist to render technical drawings using state of the art 3D computer design programs in the class. He said the class also took on the task of reverse engineering the technical specifications needed for the welding class to program the CNC plasma cutter to scale down and reproduce historic angle braces salvaged from the old main chalet on the grounds at Holiday Valley. According to Stock, these steel braces were essential in strengthening the log structure enough to withstand the pressure involved in moving the log building around the grounds at Holiday Valley, yet retain the historic architectural detail of the buildings at the resort.
* This is a partial story. The full story can be found in the Jan. 17, 2013 edition of The Salamanca Press and online in the e-edition. *