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Holiday Valley Park Crew Amped On This Season's Events Calendar

Earns the Attention of National Tours and Events Series
Skier spinning in the air at Holiday Valley
Bob Knab

Over the past several years, Holiday Valley has seen an increasing interest in the terrain parks. As a result, they’re investing in park improvements more and more each season. From the new boxes and rails purchased on an annual basis, to the new Pisten Bully 600 Park Bully that joined the fleet last year, the HV Parks department strives to improve. They aim to bring variety and keep it fresh year after year for all levels of shredders out there. Sometimes it’s not just about the tangible additions, but also the quality of events/contests that are booked - and the notoriety behind them.

Following a successful season of contests held last year in Holiday Valley’s terrain parks, the 42/78 Park Crew is doing it again this season - bigger, better, and with even more top-notch big names heading to the resort. This winter is expected to be one of the most exciting event calendars to date!

“With marketing budgets and event personnel being trimmed coast to coast, it becomes harder and harder to earn the attention of national tours and event series,” explains Holiday Valley Youth Coordinator and Terrain Park Manager Pat Morgan.  “Luckily, Holiday Valley Resort lends a high degree of credibility and success to the mix, making this area a lock to host some of the best events on the scene.”

The HV Park Crew is amped on introducing a couple of new events to the local mountain. The Eastern Snowboard League kicks off the first contest of its series at Holiday Valley on Jan. 15. “The ESL is a groundbreaking contest series and is a collaboration between Holiday Valley, Seven Springs Resort, and Big Boulder Park,” states Morgan, “which gives back to not only the riders of the east coast, but their communities as well.” Read the full feature in next month’s edition of SNOWED-IN, or log onto www.EasternSnowboardLeague.com to learn more.

Another new addition to the events calendar at Holiday Valley is the Gatorade Free Flow Tour, which is organized by Alli Sports, the sanctioning body behind events such as the winter and summer Dew Tour, according to Morgan.  “This top level amateur ski and snowboard event goes down on Feb. 5, providing both a slopestyle and rail jam for riders under 21 years of age.”

For the third year in a row, Holiday Valley will bring the ‘Boarding For Breast Cancer’ initiative (B4BC) to the slopes of Ellicottville. The B4BC organization, based in Los Angeles, Calif., travels all over the U.S. throughout the year, partnering with snow, surf and skate communities in an effort to bring education, information and hope to as many young minds as possible. “This is one of Holiday Valley’s most successful events,” states Morgan. “Last season the community came together to raise nearly $12,000 for breast cancer research and awareness.” The B4BC boardathon will take place Feb. 12.  

Rounding out the major events calendar at Holiday Valley this season is the staple Red Bull Buttercup, slated for March 5.  Perhaps the most exciting event at HV, the Buttercup spotlights the “best of the best,” offering competitors and spectators a sure-fire showdown of some of the best riding from our area.  “Riders will take to the course to session custom Red Bull features that test not only ability, but creativity,” explains Morgan. Learn more at www.RedbullSnowboarding.com

It’s no doubt that park builders will be at the top of their game this year, with all the exciting events planned and the various contest layouts in the works. And besides implementing a few new rails/boxes in the beginner park on lower Snoozer (named the Terrain Garden), the Park Bully will have a new perspective of the half pipe area to conquer. For advanced park users, the park on Foxfire will continued to offer progressive jib lines featuring a mix of both box and rail elements; however, the half pipe is taking a leave of absence this season. “With the half pipe gone, we’ll gain more real estate, which means we’ll be able to open up our jump line, possibly moving it more central on the hill,” states HV Park Builder Chris Perks. “This transition will allow us to implement more snow features lower on the hill, and we plan to keep some of the toe-side wall of the pipe,” meaning there will be no rest for the Zaugg, as it will still be utilized throughout the park on certain features.

Skiers and riders hitting the terrain parks this season at Holiday Valley have a lot to look forward to ... get ready to SEND IT! For more on the HV Terrain Parks, news, and events calendar, visit www.HolidayValley.com or http://4278parks.com.