Diamond in the Rough

by: mjracer46 - Mar 6, 2013

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 4
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 4
  • Terrain Park 4
  • Nightlife 3

    Pros: NO lift lines, resonable price, Helpful courteous staff

    Cons: A little small, food was pricey & just mediocre. No night skiing

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Feb 1, 2013

Full review

We usually ski at Hidden Valley outside of Pittsburgh PA. We took a family trip to western New York to ski. This is a very nice resort. It has a nice variety of terrain for a small resort and is probably best suited to the intermediate skier. All the skiers around us were pretty good. We went on a Friday morning (alas, no night skiing) and the price wasn't bad (about $210 for 4 people) and the lift lines were NONEXISTENT!! Also, we were able to park only a very short walk from the lodge. You felt like you were at your own private resort (which essentially it is as it is a private club & has limited access to the public on the weekend to reservation only, but is open to all during the week). Trails were wide open & you didn't have to worry about running into other skiers. We had run after run after run!
The staff was very courteous especially to my youngest daughter (8yo) who sometimes struggles with the ski lifts and everyone was professional. The lodge was also roomy, clean, and looked realatively new.

Downsides would be no night skiing & the runs were pretty short. Also, food was pricey & quality was off although the clam chowder & black been soups were tasty. It had a few terrain parks that seemed challlenging but you needed a helmet (a good rule I think all terrain parks should follow) and since we didn't have any, we didn't try the terrain parks.

Overall, I enjoyed Holimont a lot. This was a step up for us from Hidden Valley in Pennsylvania. It is sort of the 'little sister' to Holiday Valley, the much bigger ski resort in Ellicotville NY, which is only a couple of miles away and most people don't even get over to Holimont. You should try it out!