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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'…

The Winter Arts Festival is a phenomenal opportunity for the community to visit with local fine artists and artisans, and maybe even squeeze in some holiday shopping. The event is being hosted at Holiday Valley Lodge (a gorgeous enough location to rival the beautiful art that promises to be within) over two days, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21-22.  

SKI Magazine readers ranked Holiday Valley 3rd best among the top resorts in eastern North America for the 2015-16 season. 

In honor of Ellicottville’s Mardi Gras celebration, we’re bringing a taste of New Orleans to the table.  Here at John Harvard’s, nothing says Mardi Gras more than a piping hot bowl of jambalaya.  

There’s no doubt that winter in Ellicottville is always an unbelievably good time. By the time March comes around, however, many of us are ready for some consistent Vitamin D and warmer temperatures. Finish the year strong with these annual outdoor events hosted by Holiday Valley: Winter Carnival (March 14-15) and Pond Skimming (Saturday, March 28). 

The Ellicottville Summer Music Festival is one of the very few outdoor music scenes that not only allows, but encourages, guests to bring a picnic basket in with them. Bring dinner and a blanket, even your lawn chair. Enjoy the show and have a family meal outdoors in the fresh air.  The BPO will play pieces from Star Wars on Saturday evening, while Sunday's main concert will feature Blood, Sweat and Tears.  Ticket prices start at $25; children 12 and under are free! 

Red Bull never ceases to bring creativity to its events, and the newest one coming to Holiday Valley on Feb. 21 excels in that department. All Snow will challenge snowboarders and skiers to bring their best on nothing but all-natural snow features - hips, quarterpipes, etc. 

If you live in or frequently visit Ellicottville and its ski areas, you’re well aware by now of how many activities there are to do on any given weekday or weekend throughout the winter.  Whether it’s simply a mellow day on the slopes skiing or snowboarding, or attending one of the many high-character signature events on-hill, in the lodges or downtown, there truly is something for everyone.  What if we told you there was one event, however, that you may not have checked out or heard of yet?  

In years past, Holiday Valley and The Boardroom Snowboard Shop have teamed up to bring you a collaborative fundraising effort with B4BC (Boarding 4 Breast Cancer.) This year, however, they’re changing gears and teaming up with other local shops to bring you ‘Play it Forward.’ 

Why do you need snowy hills, black plastic bags and a penguin-style slide for the slopes this February? To participate in Holiday Valley’s annual Penguin Paddle, set for Saturday, Feb. 21 from 8:30am-4pm!

Take a seat at John Harvard’s Brew House at Holiday Valley and warm up with their signature Shepard’s Pie – the comfort food of choice after a fun-filled day on the slopes.  For those weekends when you’re unable to make the trip to Ellicottville, you can still enjoy the same delicious taste on your table …