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March 7, 2018

Attention runners! (Whether you’re a competitive athlete, a casual runner, or just someone who’s looking to get outside, get some exercise and have fun!) … the Happy Half Marathon, 5K and Beer Mile will return to Holiday Valley for the third year in a row on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

“Let’s put the fun back in running!”

Attention runners! (Whether you’re a competitive athlete, a casual runner, or just someone who’s looking to get outside, get some exercise and have fun!) … the Happy Half Marathon, 5K and Beer Mile will return to Holiday Valley for the third year in a row on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

March 7, 2018

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 9-11 on your calendar, and get yourself to Ellicottville to participate!

WINTER CARNIVAL / MARDI GRAS PARADE

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 9-11 on your calendar, and get yourself to Ellicottville to participate!

February 4, 2018

What do you get when you combine a good cause with garbage bags, a ski hill, silent auction, tasty food, and tons of laughs? The Penguin Paddle, of course! On Saturday, February 24, Holiday Valley’s Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program (LASP) will be hosting its annual fundraiser at the base of Yodeler Lodge to raise money for their program, which offers lessons to persons with virtually all disabilities, both physical and cognitive.

What do you get when you combine a good cause with garbage bags, a ski hill, silent auction, tasty food, and tons of laughs? The Penguin Paddle, of course! On Saturday, February 24, Holiday Valley’s Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program (LASP) will be hosting its annual fundraiser at the base of Yodeler Lodge to raise money for their program, which offers lessons to persons with virtually all disabilities, both physical and cognitive. “It’s a really fun afternoon, and you don’t even have to know how to ski,” said Mary Ellen Racich, LASP director.

February 4, 2018

Sunday, March 4 is a day to celebrate snowboarding. The 1st Annual Boardroom Banked, presented by The Boardroom Snowboard Shop, is a banked slalom that pits riders across 4 divisions against each other. Going down on Holiday Valley’s Independence run, the Banked looks to become an annual staple in Ellicottville's event schedule. 

Sunday, March 4 is a day to celebrate snowboarding. The 1st Annual Boardroom Banked, presented by The Boardroom Snowboard Shop, is a banked slalom that pits riders across 4 divisions against each other. Going down on Holiday Valley’s Independence run, the Banked looks to become an annual staple in Ellicottville's event schedule. 

February 4, 2018

Melinda Jones loves being outside. It doesn't matter if she’s hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or going for a leisurely jog, Melinda just prefers to be outside in nature. So it should come as no surprise to find out that Melinda is the energy behind Outdoor Fitness Fusion, an endeavor that allows her to share her zest for physical activity and her love of nature with others who are looking for a little help to get them started on a more active lifestyle.

According to a study conducted by U.S. News, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the 2nd week in February.  So with January now behind us, it’s time to do a check-in on your resolutions.  For those who promised to spend less time in front of a screen, or to exercise more, or to spend more time in nature, there is a new business in Ellicottville that can help you achieve those goals and more.  So whether you made those kind of resolutions or not, read on because we could all use a little more time in the great outdoors.

February 2, 2018

From an early age in Holiday Valley’s Rangers Program, Bella Bacon’s first instructor Patty Wolf saw potential. Bella was fearless and loved to ski in the woods and moguls. It wasn’t long before Bella joined the Holiday Valley Freestyle Team. Although she excelled at moguls, it was her growing interest in slopestyle that turned her focus.

Everyone knows how amazing, rad, and fun Holiday Valley is. But not many hear about the elite athletes it produces. I recently caught up with 14-year-old Bella Bacon, resident shredder. Bella grew up here in Ellicottville, learning to ski at Holiday Valley. Both her parents, William and Christine, were instructors at Jackson Hole, Wyoming back in the day; you could say they were “ski school sweethearts.” After deciding it was time to start a family, the winter sport fanatics moved to Christine’s hometown, Ellicottville.
 
February 2, 2018

The Tele ski event of the year returns on Friday, February 23. Telestock, presented by The City Garage, is a day of peace, love and Tele skiing! Telestock has become a fan favorite at Holiday Valley, running a strong 15+ years! Join The City Garage at Yodeler Lodge and on the Champagne Sundeck for Telestock 2018. This year’s theme: Hawaiian Luau.

The Tele ski event of the year returns on Friday, February 23. Telestock, presented by The City Garage, is a day of peace, love and Tele skiing! Telestock has become a fan favorite at Holiday Valley, running a strong 15+ years! Join The City Garage at Yodeler Lodge and on the Champagne Sundeck for Telestock 2018. This year’s theme: Hawaiian Luau.

January 2, 2018

None of that fussy turning … this is all about speed! After a day on the slopes, you can top off your fun meter with a trip to the Holiday Valley Tubing Park. EVERYONE can enjoy the exhilaration of tubing!

None of that fussy turning … this is all about speed! After a day on the slopes, you can top off your fun meter with a trip to the Holiday Valley Tubing Park. Race down the 900-foot lanes and experience the exhilaration of tubing. Once you’re at the bottom, hook up to the tow and enjoy the ride back to the top. The best part: EVERYONE can enjoy the thrill of tubing! It’s an activity you can do with your whole group - whether it’s work, a birthday party or your family. It’s fun, and you can do it together!

December 2, 2017

Through good winters, bad winters, one (really) bad winter and countless inches of the white stuff, one business has stood the test of time. We’ve come a long way since one lodge, a T-Bar and no manmade snow. This season, Holiday Valley celebrates 60 years of skiing, snowboarding, reinvestment, innovation and smiling faces. 

Through good winters, bad winters, one (really) bad winter and countless inches of the white stuff, one business has stood the test of time. We’ve come a long way since one lodge, a T-Bar and no manmade snow. This season, Holiday Valley celebrates 60 years of skiing, snowboarding, reinvestment, innovation and smiling faces. 

November 27, 2017

Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program at Holiday Valley joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement for a second year; Pledges
will help to raise money for scholarships and adaptive equipment.

ELLICOTTVILLE, NY – Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program (LASP) invites the community to join the #GiveAdaptiveSports #GivingTuesday charitable giving campaign on November 28, 2017 by participating in a 24-hour fundraising blitz to expand adaptive skiing opportunities for disadvantaged disabled populations including youth and Veterans. #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities by giving back to the charities and causes they support.

November 22, 2017

With a close eye on the weather forecast, Dennis Eshbaugh, President of Holiday Valley Resort announced today that they will open for the winter season on Friday, November 24 at 9:00am.

HOLIDAY VALLEY, ELLICOTTVILLE, NY - With a close eye on the weather forecast, Dennis Eshbaugh, President of Holiday Valley Resort announced today that they will open for the winter season on Friday, November 24 at 9:00am. The snowmaking crew has been firing up the automated snowmaking system during the cold snaps over the past weeks to make over 80 acre feet of snow, and they expect to be able to make more snow in the cold weather predicted on Wednesday night.

October 19, 2017

Strategically located less than three hours from big population centers (think Toronto, Buffalo, Cleveland and Pittsburgh), ski and snowboard lovers of all ages proudly - definitively - call HV their home resort. With $3.3 million going back in this year, the grand total of reinvestment over the past 24 years has hit a cool $126 million ...

When Holiday Valley’s founders opened their tiny, rural NY ski resort in 1958, would they have ever dreamt of what it would become? Three beautiful lodges, 60 trails, 13 lifts and a resort that hums all year long. Over the past 60 years, a combination of strong leadership, innovation, and a loyal, diehard ski/snowboard base has been the continual catalyst for Holiday Valley’s success. We’ve come a long way from one lodge and tow ropes.

October 19, 2017

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 Holiday Valley, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Southern Tier Brewing, and Wegman’s. Now in its 14th year, Beer & Wine has become a favorite event for a contingent of fermentation lovers ...

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 Holiday Valley, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Southern Tier Brewing Company and Wegman’s. Now in its 14th year, Beer & Wine has become a favorite event for a contingent of fermentation lovers. 

September 4, 2017

While there are many ways ski resorts across the country get the masses hyped on the coming season, it’s not frequent they offer an opportunity to strap equipment on and participate. With less than 100 days until we’re (weather permitting) on the hill, ski and snowboard lovers know that winter is inevitably coming. In an effort to bring winter a little closer, Holiday Valley is hitting the road this fall with the 1st Annual Rail Jam Road Show.

While there are many ways ski resorts across the country get the masses hyped on the coming season, it’s not frequent they offer an opportunity to strap equipment on and participate. With less than 100 days until we’re (weather permitting) on the hill, ski and snowboard lovers know that winter is inevitably coming. It’s fun to sit at home and envision ripping through 18 inches of Lake Erie’s finest. But when you look outside and it’s 60º and sunshine, those pipe dreams can evaporate rather quickly. 

March 2, 2017

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!

WINTER CARNIVAL

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!

February 2, 2017

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 ...

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.
February 2, 2017

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 ...

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. The Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program, founded in 1982, draws on volunteers to assist those of disability with the joy of skiing. You’ve probably seen them on the hill, smiles plastered on their faces. 

December 31, 2016

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).

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). 

November 28, 2016

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.

CONSUMER DEMO
Saturday, Dec. 17
10:00am-3:00pm
 
November 21, 2016

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.

ELLICOTTVILLE, NY - 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. According to Eshbaugh, “This is an exciting time of year and we’re pleased to get an early start on the season.”

October 5, 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.

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. 

October 4, 2016

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.

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. 

March 6, 2016

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.

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.

March 6, 2016

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.

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.