Vertical, Terrain Park, Cheap Food
low annual snowfall, some lifts are slow
I have lived in the Western New York area for over 10 years and frequently ski at Holiday Valley. After growing tired with the friday night crowds and short runs, myself and a few friends decided to drive the extra 30 minutes to Bristol. We arrived on a friday evening and purchased a night pass for 3 hours of skiing for $30. The area hadn't received any snowfall in the last 2 weeks and as a result we weren't expecting much. However, we found that a majority of trails were well groomed with the exception of some of the steeper terrain.
In comparison to other area resorts (Holiday Valley, Kissing Bridge, Swain, etc), the vertical drop of (1200ft) is unmatched. As a result trails are longer and provide an experience not found anywhere else in the region. A favorite of mine was the 2-mile long run, which is found on the left most side of the mountain. Besides the skiing, the resort is pretty low-key in terms of amenities. However food was surprisingly inexpensive for a ski resort.
Overall the resort was well worth the money and i will now be traveling the extra 20-30 mins from Buffalo instead of skiing at Holiday Valley.