I have been skiing McCauley for about 10 years. While you can ski down the blue or green runs in a matter of minutes and without a rush, McCauley's true value is skiing the Glades or the Diamond runs of Helmers or Olympic. Forget about lines. The Mountain is a well kept secret. The $8 Friday does not include Holiday weeks, its for the locals. I would not recommend taking a lesson here, t-bars and tow ropes slow down the learning process and going to the top of the mountain as a novice is not recommended. You are better off learing at nearby Snow Ridge or Gore. The snowmaking is limited but the lake effect snow is incredible. I've skiied in a foot of snow at McCauley and the next day drove 45 minutes east to Gore and found nothing buy ice. I never ski an entire day at McCauley because you make too many runs and the difficulty of the runs burn my legs. A half-day Holiday will cost you $30. Well worth it! The best run, enter the Glades of Barkeater and make your way all the way down to the lift, awesome!