Located in Ellicottville New York, Holiday Valley lies where the Allegheny Plateau rises from the great lakes basin. The privately operated resort offers 3 lodges, multiple ski shops and rental centers and a snow school. There is a wide variety of slopeside lodging options including ski in ski out. The mountain is home to the Ellicottville Ski Club, the oldest continuously operating U.S. Ski Club in the country.
Ellicottville was known as the Aspen of the East, before Aspen became commercialized. E’ville stayed quaint, and as a result has become a top rated ski towns. It’s bustling downtown is home to a number of restaurants and stores including the local brewery Ellicottville Brewing Company.
Holiday Valley benefits from early season lake effect snow that can deliver multiple feet of snow in a day. While Holiday is only a modest 750’ it is spread out over two ridges, giving the impression of a larger mountain. The mountain is serviced by 13 lifts total including 3 high speed quads and 8 fixed grip quads. The mountain has extensive snowmaking with 95% coverage and 39 out of 60 trails are open for night skiing.
The west end of the mountain boasts the highest elevation and gorgeous pine lined trails. Here winding greens and blues are serviced by the Tennenbaum Express and Spruce Lake Quad. This section of the mountain is also home to the skycoaster and Sky high adventure park. The Tannenbaum lodge is located in front of both lifts but you can easily ski through this base area for easy access to the Yodeler Lodge and Quad. It’s lift gets takes you to the top of the centrally located ridge that runs through Holiday Valley. Heading West takes skiers back to the Tennenbaum area, while heading east takes riders to the 2 mid mountain lifts and the base area. The Yodeler and Chute chairs also service a number of black trails located under lifts.
As skiers head east of the “Mardi Gras” chair lift and namesake trail, the mountain becomes more diverse in its offerings. Taking “Cross Cut” off this main ridge area takes riders to the Morningstar and Eagle quads. Stretch out and enjoy the wide blue cruiser Morningstar or test your skills in the Moonshadow Park and Devils Glen Glades. If steep is your thing ski past the Morningstar lift and see the challenging blacks that can be found under the eagle quad.
The east side of the mountain is serviced by Cindy quad located in the base area next to the learning area. From the top of this lift heading west takes you back to the 2 mid mountain lifts and the base area. Heading east takes you to the end of the mountain and the Snowpine area. This area is home to Holiday’s only double black “The Wall”, but if that’s not your speed take the winding green bear and take in the views of Ellicottville.
Holiday Valley is located just off US-219, about an hour south of Buffalo and three hours west of Binghamton. Starting at one of the upper lodges like Yodeler or Tennenbaum will help you avoid the crowds, or park in front of the Chute quad and tailgate when the day is over. The mountain also has few lean-tos completer with grills for a midmountain break. Heading into town after a day on the mountain is a must as Ellicottville is one of New York’s great ski towns.
|Summit Elevation||2,250 feet|
|Base Elevation||1,500 feet|
|Vertical Drop||750 feet|
|Longest Run||4,224 feet|
|Skiable Area||290 acres|
|Uphill Capacity||23,850 / hour|
|Annual Snowfall||180 inches|