Holiday Valley, HoliMont having a good ski season so far

Two skiers enjoy the solitude on one of Holiday Valley’s trails. With recent frigid temperatures and some snow finally here, this year’s ski season is looking hopeful for Holiday Valley and HoliMont.

ELLICOTTVILLE — The slopes at Holiday Valley Resort and HoliMont Ski Area are shaping up as the weather begins to bring colder temperatures and snow. Both resorts continue to make snow when the conditions are right.

Holiday Valley opened Dec. 3 as planned, said marketing director Jane Eshbaugh, and people are anxious to get back out on the slopes. She said Mother Nature has been a little stingy with the snow this year, so far, so the resort has been relying on man-made snow for skiing.

According to the forecast, colder temperatures should provide area ski resorts with some excellent snowmaking opportunities. As of Jan. 11, Holiday Valley was reporting an average base-depth of 8 to 36 inches and growing with continued snowmaking.

Twenty-two trails and eight lifts were open this week. Eshbaugh said the resort’s new state-of-the-art, high-speed detachable quad chairlift on Yodeler slope has been great and people love it.

Eshbaugh said having the Canadians back has made a big impact at Holiday Valley, HoliMont and in the village, but they have started to return slowly because of the testing requirements, along with uncertainty about the border and COVID.

“Overall, COVID is not making a big impact on activities at the resort, but it’s making a small impact on indoor food and beverage,” she said.

Eshbaugh is optimistic about what’s ahead in the ski season this year, as far as maintaining the snow-base and the numbers of skiers coming to Holiday Valley.

“We hope for big lake effect snowstorms and extended temperatures in the teens to complete our snowmaking goals,” she said.

For more information, call (716) 699-3904 or visit online at holidayvalley.com.

The season is shaping up at HoliMont as well.

Jennah Bradley, sales and marketing manager, said although the resort didn’t open until Christmas Day due to the weather, they still had a good turn out of members during Christmas week. She said there weren’t as many as usual, but people still came to take part in their Christmas Camp and New Year’s Eve party.

“Now that the snow is here, it looks like we are going to have a busy season this year,” she said. “Many members and guests are pumped to finally be back to enjoy the club.”

According to Bradley, HoliMont currently has 12 slopes open and three lifts. The average base-depth is around 9 to 32 inches. She said they continue to make snow every day as long as the temperatures stay low. The new 650-foot conveyer belt in the beginner’s area at the bottom of Meadow slope has been a big hit with the kids.

Although COVID restrictions are still having an impact on the activities at the resort, Bradley said they are keeping things “business as usual” as much as possible. All their regularly scheduled events are expected to happen this year.

Bradley said more and more Canadian members have arrived at HoliMont, despite the hurdles they have endured these past two years. With their return, there has been a lot of optimism about what the upcoming season has to offer.

HoliMont’s Trial Membership has been extremely successful. Bradley said people can sign up anytime throughout the year.

“Many families are looking for an activity that is a good COVID-friendly alternative, and what better way to spend time with the family than skiing at HoliMont,” she said.

HoliMont is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. For more details, call (716) 699-2320 or visit online at holimont.com.

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

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