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The Need for Speed: Morningstar Celebration

New High Speed Quad Chairlift at Holiday Valley Running Full Throttle
Skiers on the new Morningstar Lift
Bob Knab

A happy crowd of over 200 skiers and snowboarders cheered as the red ribbon was cut and the new Morning Star Express high speed quad chairlift officially opened on December 11, 2010 at 10am. The $3.5 million chairlift is Holiday Valley’s third high speed detachable lift and was constructed over the summer by the resort’s Mountain Crew. The lift is 2,580 feet in length and has a capacity of 2,400 skiers per hour with a ride time of 2.5 minutes.

“We are especially proud that our own crew constructed this lift,” remarked Holiday Valley’s President and General Manager, Dennis Eshbaugh. “We are one of only a few ski areas in the country to build our own lifts. This makes our crew familiar with every aspect of the lift, able to maintain it properly and make repairs efficiently.”

The 2010-’11 winter season is off to a great start with over 55 inches of natural snow and plenty of cold weather for snowmaking. The season opened on Tuesday, Dec. 7 and the resort plans to operate through April 10, 2011.

Holiday Valley, located in Western New York State, is a leading eastern North American winter resort. Fifty-eight slopes and 13 lifts (including three high speed quads) are spread over four distinct faces that offer challenging steeps, gentle cruisers, glades and fun terrain parks. Three beautiful base lodges provide full service dining, marketplaces and coffee bars, as well as ski and snowboard rentals and repair, two ski shops and four bars. Fantastic children’s ski programs and on-site day care means convenience and flexibility for families. Comfortable lodging is available on the slopes and in nearby Ellicottville, a quaint ski town with shops, restaurants and après-ski fun.