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A weekend unlike any all year! Mardi Gras / Winter Carnival in Ellicottville takes the fun of spring skiing and couples it with engaging activities - on and off the slopes. Mark the weekend of March 10-12 on your calendar, and get yourself to Ellicottville to participate! Come back the following weekend for the annual Pond Skimming event!

Ask anyone who frequents Holiday Valley, and they’ll tell you the Penguin Paddle is an annual favorite event. And how could it not be? I don’t care how old you are - putting a plastic bag over your body and sliding down the ski slope headfirst like a penguin is awesome. But what’s more awesome is what the Penguin Paddle benefits ...

Years ago, two kids who shared a love of everything Winter made a childhood bet. On the T-Bar at Buffalo Ski Club in Colden, NY a frustrated alpine racer took a break from training to go see her friend’s freestyle practice. This racer happened to be me, and one of my favorite things was to watch the aerial team practice as I was enamored with their grace and control in the air. Catching the T-Bar with my friend Matthew DePeters, on the ride up I told him that I would make the Olympics before him ...

Here in Ellicottville, you always hear about the great skiing and snowboarding, but not often do you hear about the advanced programs offered at our local resorts. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Ellicottville natives Hayly and Logan Fredrickson (twins), two U16 alpine ski racers out of the Holiday Valley Training Center (HVTC).

Holiday Valley and the major ski and snowboard companies are here to help you with your purchasing decisions. On Saturday, Dec. 17, visitors are welcomed to test new product. Reps from major manufacturers, plus Ellicottville’s local shops, will set up a demo village at the base of the Main Lodge. Brands like Burton, Salomon, Volkl, Atomic, Mervin Manufacturing (Lib Tech, GNU and Roxy), Head, Elan, Nordica, Apex Ski Boots, and many more will set up shop to put product out on the hill.

With 12+ inches of natural snow and a good snowmaking run that began yesterday, Holiday Valley’s President and General Manager, Dennis Eshbaugh announced plans to open for their 60th season of skiing and snowboarding on Saturday, November 26, 2016.

When the fall colors are in their twilight and we’re knocking on winter’s door, there’s one event at Holiday Valley to bridge the dreaded November gap - the Beer & Wine Festival, presented by Ellicottville Brewing Company, Southern Tier Brewing Company and Holiday Valley. Now in its 13th year, Beer & Wine has become a favorite event for an (ever growing) contingent of fermentation lovers.

Last year, Holiday Valley (and to be completely honest, the entire east coast) were put on a Code Red high alert. When November came along and it was still 80º, no one panicked. Winter would come, fast and furious. But winter didn’t come, and even if you count what we had as winter, it was bad. But props to everyone at Holiday Valley - management, Mountain Ops, instructors, parking attendants … everyone - for keeping calm and weathering the storm (or lack of). Honestly, I still had some really good days on-hill last year. Shoutout to the snowmakers and groomers for saving the day in early January.

So maybe it hasn’t been a picture-perfect ski season, but you can bet your snow-loving bottom that the month of March will undoubtedly bring the most fun! Keep those skis and boards waxed, pull out your spring wear and warm-weather gloves, grab your koozie and a few snacks, and let’s
get this party started! THE BEST OF SKI SEASON 2016 IS ON ITS WAY!!! See you at these zany-tastic events ...

The gun pops at 10am on Saturday, May 7, 2016 to mark the start of the 1st annual Happy Half Marathon and 5K at Holiday Valley Resort. Seasoned runners and first time racers are invited to come out and strut their stuff in this inaugural Mother’s Day weekend event that’s sure to be full of fun and laughter.

Holiday Valley prides itself on giving its visitors the complete experience - extensive terrain, great snowmaking, fresh groomers every night, lift capacity - and these are such reasons why Ski Magazine ranked HV 3rd Overall for Eastern resorts in 2015. But one facet of the Valley that spans all four seasons is what we do every day - eat and drink.

There are no days off. Much like snowmaking and grooming at Holiday Valley, the Lift Maintenance crew works early mornings and late nights to ensure the lifts keep spinning. They don’t get a lot of credit, but they deserve it.

Aspire of WNY is proud to celebrate their third annual Ski The Valley event being held at Holiday Valley Resort. While this fundraiser to benefit children and adults with disabilities features activities for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, there are plenty of fun options for everyone who attends. Tubing, live music, a basket raffle, and a meal in a dedicated area of the Main Lodge will be offered.

I love skiing, and chances are that if you live here, you love it too. But for some, injuries or disabilities may prevent them from participating. That’s where the Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program at Holiday Valley comes in. And the program's biggest fundraiser of the year ... the ever-popular Penguin Paddle races.

Another winter, another season of progression for the terrain parks at Holiday Valley. With five different spots around the resort that have terrain features installed, we’ve come a long way from when there was a single rail sitting on the middle of Snoozer.

Bob Armour steps into his ski boots as Holiday Valley's new Director of Snowsports. Get to know him in our one-on-one interview.

Besides powder, there is no better feeling than ripping through fresh corduroy when the resort starts spinning its lifts in the morning. Whether it’s fresh snow or manmade, the groomers couple machine with execution to deliver that perfect manicure on the hill. Much like the snowmakers, grooming is a job that requires long nights on the front lines.

Gowanda Harley-Davidson will take over Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, NY on Saturday, Jan. 23 for Harley-Day Valley 2016. This one-day event is fully dedicated to learning how to ski, how to ride, and just getting out of the house for the biggest cabin fever party of the season.

Holiday Valley and resorts across the U.S. invite YOU to participate in a Guinness World Record challenge for the Largest Ski & Snowboard Lesson. Sign up now to claim your spot!

Welcome back to ski season! With the cold settling in, we think it’s fitting to offer a warming meal that is sure to satisfy your palate. We invite you to dine with us at John Harvard’s Brew House, located inside the Tamarack Club at Holiday Valley. We’ll be serving up all our favorite seasonal plates, along with a few new offerings such as Creole Tuna over Tomato Stewed Rice served with Fried Okra and Baby Corn.

CANCELED! On Saturday, Dec. 19 at Holiday Valley, Demo Day will kick off in full swing. The atmosphere it creates is unique – a small commune of like-minded skiers and boarders all feeding off each other’s positive energy and stoke. Over twenty ski and snowboard reps from major brands will be present this year, including Elan, Volkl, Atomic, Rossignol, Salomon, Head, K2, Mervin Manufacturing (Lib Tech, GNU and Roxy), and Burton - to name a few.

It’s a job that doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it deserves. Snowmaking is a tough business. It’s cold, it’s labor-intensive and oft-times can be dangerous. But every winter, Holiday Valley’s crew is out on the front lines, giving us the best snow they can.

Progression. Innovation. Development. Since Holiday Valley’s genesis, these are the nouns we use to describe the resort. Every off-season, it’s all hands on deck - from management, to Mountain Operations, to Food & Beverage - to make a concentrated effort to make an already stellar product even better. When you speak in terms of national recognition, resorts like Snowbird, Mammoth Mountain and Okemo are names you hear often. But you’d be shocked at how many people across the North American continent know, and love, Holiday Valley. 

One of the more popular festivals in the Western New York area not to be missed: the Holiday Valley Beer & Wine Festival, happening Nov. 6-7.  If you’ve never attended or heard of this incredible event, allow us to 'pour on’ the details so you know what’s ‘on tap'…