Holiday Valley Announces $3.1 Improvement Projects

Ellicottville, New York, July 8, 2013 . . . Upon the completion of a successful 2012-13 winter season, Holiday Valley’s President Dennis Eshbaugh announced the reinvestment of $3.1 million in resort improvements.  According to Eshbaugh, “It is a priority to continually improve Holiday Valley, not only to keep up with the current technology but to give our visitors the best experience possible.”  The projects include improvements to both winter and summer operations.

Headlining the projects is the installation of 70 new HKD Impulse automated snowguns.  The new guns will be installed on Edelweiss, Sunrise, Cindy’s and Foxfire.  The resort installed automated snowmaking over the past several years on six of their most popular runs with impressive results.  The automation increases efficiency and energy savings while providing the best possible manmade snow. Automation makes it possible to make snow in brief periods of cold and allows for variations in temperature and humidity.

The resort is purchasing a Pisten Bully 600 Active Boom Winch Cat grooming machine which offers the latest technology for grooming on steeper sections of trails.  The hydraulic boom allows the groomer to push and groom snow uphill, off the center line of the winch cable anchor point, resulting in better cover in “hard to reach” spots.

A Burton “Riglet Park” will be constructed at the Outpost, base of School Haus East. The Riglet Park is a special introductory area for young children learning to ski or ride that uses low-to-the-ground boxes and rails. There are even special tiny snowboards that feature a retractable leash on the front of the board that makes it easy for instructors to pull the kids around and over the features to help them develop the skills they need for snowboarding. In addition, Holiday Valley will be building a “terrain based learning” area on very gentle terrain where snow is shaped into banked turns, rollers and dips. Beginners “play” on these features while learning snowboarding and skiing skills.

The former Holiday Valley Day Care building has been removed.  This prime location in the base area between the Holiday Valley Lodge and the Tamarack Club has become the Overlook Terrace, an outdoor group assembly plaza with seating and a fireplace with a wonderful view of the golf course and ski slopes. The Overlook serves as the site of weddings and other social gatherings.  Holiday Valley Day Care, now located inside the Holiday Valley Lodge, is a licensed facility that operates year ‘round.

Guest rooms at the Inn at Holiday Valley will be renovated with new bedding, artwork, lighting, bath fixtures and pool furniture.  The finishing touches have been applied to the Holiday Valley Lodge, which opened in December, 2012.  Exterior stairways and the Plaza Deck have been trimmed out and landscaping, driveways and walkways have been completed.

Sky High Adventure Park was expanded with two new courses and a unique 3-D climbing feature.  “Snap Dragon” is a new yellow (easiest) course and “Fern Gulley” is a green (next level up) course.  The "Climbing Forest" is a totally new feature that is like a 3-D version of a climbing wall.  It consists of 10 trees with handholds where climbers make their way up the 45 foot heights. At the top of each tree the climber can ring a bell, then rappel down using an auto belay device attached to their harness.  Sky High Adventure Park, opened in summer of 2011 consists of an Aerial Adventure Park and a Mountain Coaster.  The Aerial Park is a series of twelve elevated courses made of platforms, bridges and zip lines built in a four acre wooded area near Holiday Valley’s Tannenbaum Lodge.

Several additional projects will be completed including glades and wood lot improvements, terrain park rails, signage, uniforms and IT system upgrades.

Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, New York is a four season resort offering golf, swimming, lodging, dining, conference facilities and the Sky High Adventure Park during the summer months.

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Ellicottville is located on Route 219, just 50 miles south of Buffalo.


For further information, please contact:


Jane Eshbaugh

Marketing Director

Tel: 716.699.3904