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6557 Holiday Valley Road
Ellicotville, NY 14731-0370
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Overview by Aimee Hess

Fifty miles south of Buffalo in western New York, Holiday Valley is as well known for its location in the quaint town of Ellicottville as for its ski mountain. But this mountain delivers: Readers of SKI Magazine rated Holiday Valley Resort as the sixth best winter resort in eastern North America. This places it among the top ten resorts in the East for seven of the past ten years.

Holiday Valley's humble origins date back to 1936, when a pair of ski buddies jerry-rigged a rope tow on a hill outside of Ellicottville to take advantage of the snows blowing off Lake Erie to the west. Visitors traveled from all over to use the novel device, and the town of Ellicottville began developing as a ski town, offering lodging with a smile and lots of Molsons, the skiers' drink of choice. Two decades later, a group from the Ellicottville Ski Club bought enough land to start a full-fledged ski resort, selling stock to potential investors off a card table in the parking lot. In 1958, Holiday Valley opened with a T-bar, four slopes, and a dream of things to come.

Over the past half-century, Holiday Valley has grown into New York's largest ski resort, with 58 runs (37 open for night skiing) and several terrain parks, one with a 400-foot halfpipe. Thirteen lifts, 11 of which are quads, keep lines moving efficiently; during peak season, expect to wait no more than ten minutes at even the most popular lifts. Skiers and snowboarders enjoy an evenly spaced terrain. Morning Star, a wide intermediate with easy bumps down one side, warms up early, while Mardi Gras, another intermediate, runs almost a mile long, and Yodeler, one of the resort's original trails, remains a

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Average Snowfall
180 Inches
Skiable Acreage
Vertical Drop
750 feet
35% beginner, 27% intermediate, 38% advanced
Number of Runs
Number of Lifts
Late November to mid-April
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Closest Airport

Weather for Holiday Valley

Current Conditions:
Cloudy, 60 F
Tue - Cloudy. High: 65 Low: 52
Wed - AM Clouds/PM Sun. High: 65 Low: 42
Thu - Partly Cloudy. High: 65 Low: 51
Fri - Rain. High: 61 Low: 43
Sat - Partly Cloudy. High: 55 Low: 41

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    Machine Groomed


  • Ski Lifts Open:
    4 of 13
  • Trails:
    13 of 58
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Last Updated: December 08 2014 08:32 PM

Traveler Reviews of Holiday Valley

Gabriella rates Holiday Valley
Holiday Valley may not have the vertical that other resorts around the country have, however it seems to make up for it other ways. I live in Buffalo, so I am only a short (45 minute) drive to Ellicottville. I try my best to get there once a week in the winter. If it was up to me I would spend my entire winter down there. It feels like a little vacation. When you walk around town you feel like you're around all of your friends. Everyone is so nice and friendly. The restaurants are all pretty much the same. They serve some of the best cheeseburgers and bar food that I know of. I could stop in any of the restaurants and feel right at home. As for the skiing; they keep the mountain pretty well maintained. They also have been building up their terrain parks. There are currently 3 terrain parks, by next year there will be possibly 4. They have been working on new pipes and rails within the already built sections. Holiday Valley also really maintains their moguls/bumps. They constantly have groomers going over the terrain and perfecting. If you're not in the mood for lodge food, I suggest stopping by John Harvard's in the new Tamarack Club. The food is phenomenal and you can enjoy a glass of wine, or warm cocktail. I suggest Holiday Valley for anyone that enjoys skiing and relaxing in a cozy town. Eat, Drink, Sit by a fire and be Merry! Ellicottvile is a great retreat if you cant get out west. The runs are well groomed and the town is adorable. Great for casual food and good skiing. Great place for beginners to learn. Pros: Easy to access, Short lines.
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John rates Holiday Valley
For those who live in the East,good skiing with decent vertical is hard to find.Holiday Valley is not Western skiing , but fills the gap for weekend tune-ups.The terrain is well groomed and lots of different trails, mostly beginner and intermediate, with a few demanding trails.Because of its location though, lines are long and lodging off site is minimal.For an Easterner, it's acceptable. Pros: Great for kids, Easy to access, Well maintained. Cons: Long lines.
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